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Best Gaming CRT (they still make these, right?)

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January 13, 2008 2:02:45 AM

Hi there,

I hate LCDs for gaming. The technology has certainly gotten better, but even the best among them are still nowhere close to as good as I'd like them to be. I know I'm pickier than most, but I can't stand even the slightest tinge of ghosting, and there's not a single LCD out there that can claim the same performance as a good CRT. I'll move to the skinny screens when OLED becomes affordable.

That said, I'm in the market for a new CRT and am wondering what my options are. Is NEC still making them? I'm looking to get a 19" or 21." I'd rather not buy used, as I'm hoping to get a few good years out of the tube before it starts fading.

Thanks in advance.

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January 13, 2008 2:51:58 AM

I'm afraid not

NEC/Mitsubishi, Sony, and all the others who made high end CRTs are now investing in the digital displays
if you want new and can actually find one, expect to pay a hefty premium
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January 13, 2008 3:05:17 AM

I guess I have to eat back the words in my earlier post

if you want a new high-end CRT and can actually find one, expect to pay a hefty premium

mine can go up to 100hz at native 1600x1200 resolution, has monitor hood, has calibration with profiles, has super bright mode, has 2 video in ports with switch, has built-in powered USB hub (more of a convenience), and has custom drivers

this is the minimum you should expect if you are going for a high end CRT
January 13, 2008 3:36:54 AM

I know you said you'd rather not buy used but $60 is a nice price for a 21".
http://directron.com/used21.html

I won't go to LCD for a while either.
Especially when my G810 can hit a resolution of 2048 x 1536 on the desktop (great for Photoshop). It may be 10 years old, but it only cost $30 used.
January 13, 2008 3:58:27 AM

This is a good monitor and it's not a fortune to buy.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/327wf8
With usb hub, but way more expansive.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/35eoto
Thing about a crt monitor is you'll often get about 8 to ten years out of it before it starts having trouble. Or it dies right away. The NEC has a 3 year warranty so keep you paperwork on it.
Medical device makers still use crt monitors a lot but they get a huge markup.
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