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June 19, 2010 5:16:24 PM

I'm starting to build my new rig and I want to know what monitor will best fit it. Below are my specs (not all parts are relevent, but I'm just posting all of it)

-i7 930 (will OC to 4.3-4.4gHz) cooled by noctua nh-14 heatsink and Indigo xtreme TIM
-Asus P6X58D-E Mobo
-1TB Caviar Black Sata 3 HDD
-120gb Corsair Reactor Series SSD
-6gb Corsair XMS3 7-8-7-20 RAM (3 * 2gb)
-650w Corsair TX PSU
-Ati XFX Radeon 5870 Graphics Card
-Auzentech Forte Sound Card
-Cooler Master Sniper Storm Case
-Asus DVD drive


Soon to upgrade my PSU to Antec Quattro 1200w and get another 5870 to xfire.
I will also be adding a bluray drive soon too.

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June 19, 2010 6:34:40 PM

What will you use it to do? Is true color important to how you will use it? What is your budget?
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June 19, 2010 6:37:03 PM

4.3-4.4 with a d14? I don't thoink so :p . My d14 hardly managed to keep my 930 under 70degrees at a 3.5 OC.
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June 19, 2010 6:47:36 PM

If you just want to game, any decent 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 TN panel will be fine. One of those will run about $200-250. If you're doing graphics work (seems unlikely based on the plan to go with CrossFire 5870s), you should look into getting an IPS display (same resolutions), those will start around $350 or $400. If you have a ton of money to blow, consider 3x 1920x1080 IPS panels and go for an Eyefinity setup.

Overclocking is highly dependent on the individual chip you get, doesn't necessarily have a lot to do with what HSF you buy.

As an additional note, most people can't detect the difference between onboard sound and a discrete sound card these days, so if you're trying to save money, you could probably start without it, and then add one later if you find the onboard is really not to your taste.
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June 19, 2010 6:55:18 PM

yeah but all benchmarks with d14's and 930's I've seen so far have similar temps. I'm sorry to dissapoint you but the highest real stable frequency you'll get is probably around 4.0.
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June 19, 2010 7:21:30 PM

I bought my CPU specifically from some guy who tested out CPUs and sells them for a higher premium based on their OC ability. Mine is guaranteed to hit at least 4.4 on 1.435 vcore stable. Don't worry about the CPU, I'm more interested in the display.

My budget is $400 for 1 display. I want any resolution 1920 by 1080 or higher. I prefer anything with 60hz anda high contrast ratio.

@Coldsleep: You mentioned a TN panel. What exactly is it and how does it compare to an IPS display? What are the pros and cons of an IPS display (other than cost)?
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June 20, 2010 12:12:34 AM

*Not an expert statement, but should help

IPS - more $$, more color accuracy, slower response time (photo editing, anything where you need to see true color)
TN - less $$, less color accuracy, faster response time (good gaming)

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June 20, 2010 12:42:01 AM

i7 930 (will OC to 4.3-4.4gHz) cooled by noctua nh-14 heatsink and Indigo xtreme TIM - Not a fking chance.

4.0 if you are lucky. 4 is about as high as u can go on the best air coolers or the H50. More and its time to get wet.

1.435 vcore WHAT!!! 1stly Intel state 1.35v as max without chance to fry it, that is seriously to high without water,
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June 20, 2010 3:13:46 AM

dvtran93 said:
@Coldsleep: You mentioned a TN panel. What exactly is it and how does it compare to an IPS display? What are the pros and cons of an IPS display (other than cost)?


Pojih has the basics right.

Here is an excellent LCD thread with a lot of recommendations. I'm not sure how up-to-date it is.

TN is fine for gaming and most general usage, it has excellent response time.

IPS has higher color fidelity and is used more often by graphics professionals. IPS also has better/higher viewing angles. Response time on IPS is not quite as good as TN, but is usually good enough for gaming. IPS is often the choice for portrait Eyefinity setups.
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June 20, 2010 3:57:02 PM

dvtran93 said:
What do you guys think of two of these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HFCDLY/ref=ord_car...


Should be decent for gaming.

Newegg has it for $190 + free shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Hanns-G that pojih linked should also be quite good, they're a quality manufacturer.

If you're interested in LED backlit monitors, this Samsung 24" LED is another pretty nice looking option.

If possible, I'd recommend going to a computer store (Best Buy, whatever) and see if you can look at a few different models to see if you can compare specific models. What works for some people may not be to your taste.
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