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Help choosing between LCDs - Acer/LG/Samsung

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March 20, 2009 9:37:39 PM

I am upgrading to a widescreen monitor (from a 17" standard lcd from '04 slowing failing). Could really use your advice on the following monitors. We do a lot of surfing (me, wife, kid) and I like to play games obviously (HL2, CS:S, L4D, CoH..).

These LCD's are sold either by BestBuy or CompUSA, which have less strict policies for returning LCDs in-store. (NewEgg, can't return for less then 7 dead pixels, ugh..)

I have a 8800GT/512MB video card currently. Here are my widescreen LCD choices;

Acer P243WAid 24" - 2ms, 3000:1, 1920x1200 (16:10) (WUXGA), 400 cd/m, HDMI, DVI, VGA, Glossy Bezel
$259

Samsung 2433BW 24" - 5ms, 20000:1, 1920x1200 (16:10), 300 cd/m, VGA, DVI, Glossy Black
$269

Acer X223Wbd 22" - 5ms, 2500:1, 1680x1050 (16:10) (WSXGA+), 300 cd/m, VGA, DVI (HDCP), Black
$169

LG W2252TQ-TF 22" - 2ms, 10000:1, 1680x1050 (16:10), 300 cd/m, VGA, DVI (HDCP)
$239

What do guys think? I'm stressing out with this decision.. I've over-analyzing all the specs (contrast ratio BS).. Hope to have this new monitor for many years like my trusty 17" I've had forever... thanks!!!!
March 20, 2009 9:57:34 PM

Those acer 22's give a great bang for the buck. My samsung 22 is a little brighter and sharper but it cost $50 more. The 8800gt might get a little slow on some games on a 24"
March 20, 2009 10:34:12 PM

I have used ACER panels in the work place and they don't always last.

I have the same LG model listed, it's ok. I switched from a CRT after my viewsonic started wigging out. The picture quality is good but the insufficient black levels are noticeable while in game and you can see light bleed a little bit too.

I would go for the Samsung model you have listed or the t220.
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March 21, 2009 12:06:54 AM

Just a reminder to take the resolution vs GPU in consideration. I don't know your 17" LCD resolution, but a 8800GT/GTS is good up to about 1680x1050 without much trouble (Crysis payable @ high settings), over that you might want to consider a better GPU depending on your FPS expectations.
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