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Best Gaming Monitor for $400 or less w/ hd 5970

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July 22, 2010 6:57:52 AM

Would like some input on what people feel is the best gaming monitor for $400 or less. Would prefer something in the 24-26 inch range and 2-3ms response time. Will be purchasing this in approximately 1 month. Thanks much.
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July 22, 2010 7:32:15 AM

Do you want 3D? If not...I've owned many monitors in my time. My top four are Samsung, Acer, ASUS and HansG. I have a preference for Acer, they are usually a little cheaper then Samsung. I've had some bad luck with Samsung, but I honestly think its nothing more then luck, as they are very reputable.

As for a good monitor that meets your specifications, we really need to know what resolution you plan to play at and if your hardware set up can support it.

I'm a fan of 1920x1200, and i only see 3; 2-3ms; 1920x1200 MOnitors on NewEgg (seems odd, but what ever).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 22, 2010 1:45:45 PM

I've got the LG 24" Led backlit 1920x1080 that goes for 300-350$

It's gorgeous and was the best looking out of everything at fry's even though fry's monitors on display aren't provided with hd content..... seriously wtf frys?

Like helltech mentioned though, no 3d as its only 60 hertz, very few 3d monitors out right now.

I did have a dead pixel on my first display but I bought the extended warranty and took it back the next day and swapped it for another, the 2nd one is going strong now for 5 monthsish without any problems.
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July 22, 2010 10:07:44 PM

Thanks for replies so far, I would like to go with a 1920x1200 monitor, but i am not going to ONLY look for that resolution. My plan is to have a 5970 card as well as a new 890 Asus Mobo, 940be AMD, 4gb 1600-2000mhz ram.

Are the 3d monitors really worth it at the moment? If i really felt like it was a huge deal i wouldn't mind shelling out the extra cash and grab an nVidia card. I just don't like the idea of having to wear glasses to enjoy my monitor to the fullest. Maybe if the monitor is amazingly better even without the glasses and i could stick with the 5970.

I have been looking at the LG's myself lately, but really was looking for more feedback from people that have more knowledge than myself. I have an ASUS 22" right now, i just don't feel that it takes full advantage of my video cards now (2x 4970) and won't be up to speed for the 5970 i plan to get.
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July 22, 2010 10:22:13 PM

Get 2 more of the same ASUS 22 inchers and do eyfinity.
You wont regret it (maybe the bezel..:) )

BTW, why do you want a 940BE? 955/965/1055T/1090T are so much better.
890 boards don't support them anyways, unless someone makes a special DDR2 version.
July 22, 2010 11:04:48 PM

Yea I've got a 5970 and 965be, still running ddr 2 on an older board, just ordered a 890 fxa ud7 and 2000mhz ddr3 so im stoked to put that stuff in, I think my older baord and ram might be holding back my processor and graphics card. Games do look awesome on the monitor though, sometimes I get screen tearing and have to turn vsync on or play with other settings till I find what works but ya, looks awesome. I was the same thinking that I wanted a 1900x1200 instead of a 1900x1080 but I don't regret going with the 1080, I think on a 24" screen your not gonna really notice the difference from 1080 to 1200, like I mentioned before, it was the best looking screen on display at frys. Maybe it's just me but I think the led backlit displays look better then standard lcd, more vibrant colors n what not. My two cents.
July 23, 2010 5:01:03 PM

Timop said:
Get 2 more of the same ASUS 22 inchers and do eyfinity.
You wont regret it (maybe the bezel..:) )

BTW, why do you want a 940BE? 955/965/1055T/1090T are so much better.
890 boards don't support them anyways, unless someone makes a special DDR2 version.


It's not so much that i WANT a 940be, it's that i already have one and was trying to avoid spending too much for not a huge upgrade. I wasn't aware that it was only DDR2, but that does make sense, as i was using a M4A79 Deluxe mobo that was only DDR2. I suppose i'll need to upgrade that as well than. I don't know that i'll necessarily require the six cores, as i mostly only use the computer for gaming. I've heard the 955 and 965 are the same chip, just tuned differently, any truth to this? Maybe i should be asking in different forum.

I wouldn't be opposed to doing the 3x22" asus monitors if it's really that great. I think the 27+ monitors would be too large for my eyes. If it were between a 1920x1200 24" and 3x 22" at 1920x1080 which would you choose? Now i'm off to see what a new processor will cost, and what one is going to be best for me.

Thanks as always!

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July 23, 2010 5:07:53 PM

Yeah, the 955 and 965 are basically the same chip, except the 965 has a 1X higher multi on stock and slightly different voltage settings, and with an OC usually both turns out to be identical.

You could actually sell the 940BE for ~$120 maybe even higher on ebay.

I would prefer the eyefinity setup, it is alot more pixels and your field of view would be ALOT bigger. But there's people that just cant stand bezels, so get an idea of how that will be like first.


July 24, 2010 9:28:15 PM

Timop said:
Yeah, the 955 and 965 are basically the same chip, except the 965 has a 1X higher multi on stock and slightly different voltage settings, and with an OC usually both turns out to be identical.

You could actually sell the 940BE for ~$120 maybe even higher on ebay.

I would prefer the eyefinity setup, it is alot more pixels and your field of view would be ALOT bigger. But there's people that just cant stand bezels, so get an idea of how that will be like first.


Here is what i currently have:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

would it be worth getting 2 more of those, or should i try to upgrade all 3 monitors at one time? I mean are the specs on mine getting pretty outdated and not going to perform well? I am thinking that $600+ in monitors may be unrealistic at this point, but getting 2 more of what i have IS realistic. Anywho, thanks for your time and ideas!
July 25, 2010 1:47:57 AM

How does more than 1 monitor help with gaming?
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July 25, 2010 2:30:25 AM

Shirosaki said:
How does more than 1 monitor help with gaming?

Because with Eyefinity you can game on all 3 as an extra-large monitor..?
July 25, 2010 3:08:06 AM

Does it show you more than 1 monitor does? Like do you get an even wider view or something?

I'm just trying to wrap my head around how using 3 monitors for gaming is helpful. I mean wouldn't you have to turn your head a lot looking back and forth at each monitor?
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July 25, 2010 3:11:51 AM

Shirosaki said:
Does it show you more than 1 monitor does? Like do you get an even wider view or something?

I'm just trying to wrap my head around how using 3 monitors for gaming is helpful. I mean wouldn't you have to turn your head a lot looking back and forth at each monitor?

You can do it either way. It the same reason that people get a bigger screen.

The end result is either a 5760*1080 "monitor" for people who like a 180 degree-esque vision, or a 3240*1920 "monitor" which is just an absurdly pixiated screen and gives you a much higher field of view.
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July 25, 2010 3:20:20 AM

Shirosaki said:
Does it show you more than 1 monitor does? Like do you get an even wider view or something?

I'm just trying to wrap my head around how using 3 monitors for gaming is helpful. I mean wouldn't you have to turn your head a lot looking back and forth at each monitor?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPCJh8tYri0

Nuff said :p 
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