I will be buying a 19" widescreen LCD soon, primarily for gaming but I will also watch video while resting fingers and snarfing down a sandwich. I don't own a TV so all my viewing is on PC...thank you HULU!
I am currently considering 2 19-inch 1680X1050 resolution models but am open to suggestions;
I would welcome info from anyone who has personal experience with either of these 2 choices as well as suggestions for alternate selections.
The higher, and more commonly supported in games, resolution of 1680X1050 is something I would like to stick with. The display will be running on a Radeon HD4850 with a 2nd added in crossfire soon so the higher resolution is covered by plenty of graphics rendering horsepower.
One other important note is that I an on a tight budget and the $129 Acer is very near the upper spending limit.
Any serious input will be highly valued and sincerely appreciated. Thank you for your time.
I've been looking at both these monitors as well. A wise person here gave me some good advice:
Try to look at them in a store if you can. If you buy from a store you can just take it back if there's a problem, otherwise you'll have to pay for shipping back to newegg.
I haven't had a chance to see either of these yet, but I'm going to see if they have one or both of them on display at Microcenter or BestBuy. I suspect the LCD inside comes from the same manufacturer (just a hunch) and that the main differences are in the housing. FWIW, the acer seems quiet popular on newegg, but you can't infer much from popularity.
I'm looking at a very similar graphics card: the 4850 X2. This one held up very well in comparison to SLI and Xfire rigs on a recent set of benchmarks over at Anandtech here. It's a bit pricier at 260$, but then you can save money by not buying an xfire rig (and probably save power as well). At 1680X1050 the 4850 X2 seems like a real price performer on current games.