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Is a 22" widescreen worth it? or should i go with the 19"

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October 30, 2007 3:33:02 AM

I put myself on a 700$ computer budget, guess what i was ordering parts and ended up jacking the price up to 1000$ damn electronic funds these days, you never know how much your spending. So im thinking what the hell i only life once, i need yalls opinion, im looking at the 22" in Acer and i like it. Thinking to myself i just got the new 8800GT and a bad ass comp should i go with the 22" or should i save some money and go with the 19" Dell monitor cheaper off ebay?
Fell free to suggest other options as well, thanks community.

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October 30, 2007 4:28:07 AM

if you are in the budget, you might want to go with 19". i bought 22"since i watch movies sometimes. but i dont think it worth morethan 100$. is the average diffence 100$??
but with 22" you are in the game!!
yeah now you got to decide.
October 31, 2007 12:44:51 PM

I would go with the 22" IMO. I just upgraded from a 19" Dell 4:3 to a V7 22" 16:10 and it's a huge difference. Plus, the V7 was on sale at Staples for $229. I used a $25 off $150 coupon and the total was $206 shipped. I can probably sell my Dell 19" for $130 or so.

I watch a lot of movies, so the size and WS were important factors for me.
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October 31, 2007 2:57:38 PM

do dell screens actually have good refresh rates now? i was under the impression that yeah, they're beautiful image quality, but they're slow, like up in the 12ms+ range at least.
a c 143 U Graphics card
October 31, 2007 3:27:09 PM

The 8800 GT is still just as good an 8800 GTX in most benchamrks at 1680x1050. That is, you'd be fine on the 22" monitor, no performance issues. Go for the 22" if you can.

Not sure if I'd buy Acer. LG and Samsung get better reviews as far as I can tell. Whatever you buy, buy it locally after you check it for dead pixels.
October 31, 2007 7:56:07 PM

LoL I'm still running a 17" square, though I personally prefer square to wide screen, I do basic work and decent gaming only.
a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2007 8:20:33 PM

22" get's my vote for sure paired with a 8800GT. My wimpy 320MB GTS does quite well on the 22" and boy is that a nice size for gaming.
October 31, 2007 8:46:24 PM

Monitors are the most infrequent upgrades (so I hear), so if it's in your budget, I'd consider getting the best monitor you can.
October 31, 2007 9:20:57 PM

The 22" must be better than the 2" casio tv i use!
October 31, 2007 10:06:31 PM

If you're looking at a 22" widescreen vrs 19, you may want to look at a 20" wide screen. They have the same resolution as the 22" - 1680x1050 - and run about $30 cheaper. Acer 20" and 22" at newegg
I got a 22", some sloppy math I did said the 22" at 1680x1050 was equivalent to 1280x960 on my old 20" CRT. If your used to 1280x960 on a 19" CRT it is probably close to the size of 1680x1050 on 20" wide.

October 31, 2007 10:08:56 PM

I went with an LG 22" WS and I will never look back. Gaming is great on it and I think apps are even better with the extra side to side real estate. Now I have the ability to have two applications open (resized to fit) where I can see both at the same time without ALT-TABing back and forth and they are still plenty big enough. So if your budget will allow, I would say go for the 22" and you won't regret it.
October 31, 2007 10:42:16 PM

aevm said:
The 8800 GT is still just as good an 8800 GTX in most benchamrks at 1680x1050. That is, you'd be fine on the 22" monitor, no performance issues. Go for the 22" if you can.

Not sure if I'd buy Acer. LG and Samsung get better reviews as far as I can tell. Whatever you buy, buy it locally after you check it for dead pixels.



I can't seem to find any bench marks at 1680x1050. Mind placing some links?

Thanks!
October 31, 2007 10:56:13 PM

spend 800 dollars and get a dlp projector!
November 1, 2007 12:00:52 AM

Here's another vote for a 22"

I just upgraded from a ViewSonic P75F+ (17") to the Samsung 226BW 22". Wish I've done it sooner.

Right now I'm using it on my old system, but should have all it running on a new one by the weekend. 8800GT baby!

I was impressed with what I'm running now. Can't wait to actually be able to run the UT demo and World in Conflict demo on more than the lowest possible settings.

DOOOOO IT!!!!!! :D 
November 1, 2007 12:22:20 AM

matth87 said:
I put myself on a 700$ computer budget, guess what i was ordering parts and ended up jacking the price up to 1000$ damn electronic funds these days, you never know how much your spending. So im thinking what the hell i only life once, i need yalls opinion, im looking at the 22" in Acer and i like it. Thinking to myself i just got the new 8800GT and a bad ass comp should i go with the 22" or should i save some money and go with the 19" Dell monitor cheaper off ebay?
Fell free to suggest other options as well, thanks community.

22in for sure.
check these out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
November 1, 2007 12:26:36 AM

Well its not there but id say 20inch, just to get taht higher res.

But 22inch>19inch anyday.

IMO 22inch>24inch.

Too graphics costly.
a b U Graphics card
November 1, 2007 12:38:25 AM

I will tell ya right now...

I got a 19" inch NEC glossy monitor back in March of this year and I really regret not getting a 22" inch.

Go 22
a c 143 U Graphics card
November 1, 2007 12:56:18 AM

M3d said:
I can't seem to find any bench marks at 1680x1050. Mind placing some links?

Thanks!


Yeah, for some reason most reviews use 1600x1200. 1680x1050 has almost the same number of pixels (92%) which means it will typically get a couple of fps more.

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/10/29/geforce_8800_gt/
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/3073-evga-8800gt-512mb-superclocked-edition-review.html
http://vr-zone.com/articles/Nvidia_Geforce_8800GT_Review/5369.html
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3140
http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews/8800GTs/index.php

BTW, the second review there says you can't use a HR-03 cooler with the 8800GT, it won't fit :fou:  :cry: 
The last one does have some benchmarks for 1680x1050.
November 1, 2007 3:51:33 PM

Thanks! LOL I just did the math yesterday and found the 8% difference. Did not know that.

Kind of surprised with so many 22" owners out there the 1680x1050 benchmarks are left out.

Thanks again.
November 1, 2007 4:16:32 PM

rwayne said:
I will tell ya right now...

I got a 19" inch NEC glossy monitor back in March of this year and I really regret not getting a 22" inch.

Go 22



I agree, because I did the same thing. I went for a Samsung 19" wide screen since it was a little less $$$ but now I am looking for the higher resolution and wish I threw in the extra $$$ to have it.
November 1, 2007 4:17:29 PM

Go with wide screen. Normal 4:3 still exist, but I think the future is really 16:9 or 1080p.
You can also get higher-res, such as 1440x900 or 1680x1050.
. The higher res is better for doing real work as well as seeing full-size movies.
get 1900x1200 or 2560x1600 if you have money to burn.
a b U Graphics card
November 1, 2007 4:41:43 PM

I want a 24" myself. If you can afford it, get the 22".
November 1, 2007 4:43:47 PM

a bigger monitor means you will have to have a new high end video card more often.
a b U Graphics card
November 1, 2007 4:54:13 PM

It depends what you are doing, but for gaming purposes, that is true.
November 2, 2007 7:51:37 PM

22" all the way. just bought a viewsonic 22" for ~$250 and it worth every damn pennies. bigger widescreen takes gaming and browsing to the next level.
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