Hello everyone. I posted on here about a week ago about someone suggesting a monitor, but I can't find the thread. I'm going to be ordering one in the next couple of days if you guys can post a few links to a good monitor. I currently have a 19'' CRT monitor that is 5 years old.
First off my pc specs are:
CPU : E8400
Graphics card : 9800GTX+
RAM : 4GB(2x2) 800mhz
Hard drive : 500GB 7,200
Case : Thermaltake M9
Power Supply : corsair HX620
I just got this monitor for my media server to have a screen and now its on my son's computer and he is gamming with it. It is incredible for the money and looks stunning for that price range. (I use a very high end monitor)
Also with your video card and budget you are now ready to game at 1680 x 1050.. so say goodbye to your square gaming days! (that is a good thing)
Also included the HDCP (HD video capable) version of the same monitor if you can handle the extra $ its still the best buy for the cost.
Careful with all this Contrast Ratio hype. The companies are using two systems that kind of double talk. You want a minimum of 1000:1 for sharp crisp that can be 3000-5500:1 in ASCR. ASUS has been almost giving its monitors away to break into the market and they are solid quality products at amazing prices.
DVI is a must vs Analog(VGA). DVI-D is Dual link dvi capable monitor which is very nice. HDMI is the defacto HD connection but DVI-D can carry higher resolutions. (so either will support your monitors max resolution)
So for your 22" DVI is must and DVI-D / HDMI would be nice to have.
ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $169 (newegg)
I recently bought an HP w2207h. I really like it. The height/pivot adjustable stand is worth the little bit extra it costs (I got mine for $249). No ghosting, no input lag, very deep blacks and brilliant colors. Only gripe is the viewing angle is a little limited. I need to be looking straight at it. I know all TN panels do that, but this one is a little bit more pronounced. Still, an exceptionally nice monitor.