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Best monitor size for gaming, development and music

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November 20, 2010 8:34:43 AM

I need to get a new monitor, so I was debating between 1 Dell Ultrasharp 30", 2 Ultrasharp 24", or even the new 27". Maybe the most important criteria is what will be best for games like Battlefield BC2, because I'm a BF junkie. I'm also a web developer so I do a lot of programming and graphics work, and also a musician so I plan on using this setup for music stuff.

Any opinions on what size is optimal for these purposes? I've never gamed on 2560x1600... so that's very tempting.
November 20, 2010 9:10:52 AM

it would help to state your budget and what your pc specs are, no point in getting a large monitor if your pc cant handle a large resolution especially in games
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November 20, 2010 9:14:45 AM

I have an Intel quad core, 6GB RAM, and the video card is nVidia gtx275. I haven't really decided on a budget, so I'm flexible.
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November 20, 2010 9:19:41 AM

hmm... could you be a bit more specific on what cpu you have?
also a gtx 275 is an old card.... but not really old
id suggest you get the Ultrasharp 24"
or upgrade your graphics card or sli another 275 (if you can) and get the Ultrasharp 30"

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November 20, 2010 9:22:39 AM

Sure, the cpu is the i7 920 @ 2.67ghz. I could definitely upgrade the gpu if needed or get another one and do SLI.
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November 20, 2010 9:29:00 AM

ooh, an i7 920 you say? im sooooo jealous. i wish i could spend tons of money upgrading my pc... but alas i can barely save up enough to get a new pc every 3 years or so...

anyway, if i were you i would wait and see what new gpu's nvidia and amd/ati have to offer before making a choice.
unless you really want a new monitor right now, get a gtx 460 or 2 if you want and get either the 24" (one 460) or 30" (two 460's)
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November 20, 2010 1:29:08 PM

klezmer41 said:
I need to get a new monitor, so I was debating between 1 Dell Ultrasharp 30", 2 Ultrasharp 24", or even the new 27". Maybe the most important criteria is what will be best for games like Battlefield BC2, because I'm a BF junkie. I'm also a web developer so I do a lot of programming and graphics work, and also a musician so I plan on using this setup for music stuff.

Any opinions on what size is optimal for these purposes? I've never gamed on 2560x1600... so that's very tempting.

Ok for your working needs an ultrasharp is going to be an awesome display for you. IPS panels display colors WAY better than TN panels. However, they are slower than TN panned and have more input lag. Granted, you may not notice any of that as many do not. I am very picky on displays and would notice the difference. I believe the Dell Ultrasharps have a "game mode" which helps a little.

Now to your video card. A GTX275 is still ok, but I would not try and run 2560x1600 resolution. BC2 will eat that for lunch. You will have to turn down AA AF and maybe some other setting down to accommodate. The Ultrasharp 24" with 1920x1200 res would probably be your best gaming option. Most high res gaming systems have higher end dual cards. A single GTX580 would get you by on the higher resolutions,but you would still need to turn down the video settings, most mostly AA I would guess. However, for your work a nice huge high res screen would be awesome. You just have to figure out what is important and how much you are willing to spend. I've gamed on a 42" TV already and find it less of an advantage because you physically have to move your head around to spot things. Most gamers will tell you a 22-24" is optimal for gaming because you can fit the entire screen in your field of view, while still immersing you in the game.

PS, you could always try your hand at overclocking that i7 920. They just scream, OVERCLOCK ME!. Depending on what stepping it is you should be able to get it to low 3GHz without even increasing the voltages.
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November 20, 2010 10:52:03 PM

I can just get a new video card, or two :p  I still don't know which one I should get though, maybe I'll sit on it a few weeks.
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November 20, 2010 11:51:06 PM

I don't believe you have said what your monitor set up is now. That's important. As a 24" will only give you 1920*1200, assuming you're talking about the u2711, it's an awesome display that gives you the 2560*1440 resolution. The 30" will give you the same except 16:10 (2560*1600).

I am currently running a 3008wfp, and 2 26" viewsonics. I haven't had any problems gaming on the 30" at all.

I will warn you though. Screen real estate is like crack. Especially for a web designer such as yourself, you can't get enough. (I just ordered a U3011 that is supposed to get here Tuesday.)

The other problem as others stated is gaming. If you're gaming on a 30", you need some real horsepower for all the eye candy, and that can get expensive very fast. 2 24" will allow you more estate than 1 30" (2560*1600 is 98% more pixels than 1080P), but that will also limit your need for insane graphics power, that being said I would...

1. If you can afford it, I would get the 30", and 2 580s. OC the 920 to 3+GHZ, and you'll be happy.

2. If you can't afford 1, then I would go and get 2 24" Ultrasharps, your 275 should be able to handle BFBC2 at 1920*1200, if not, a 480 sure will, and I would imagine you should be able to find those, (or even the 5870 if you're not partisan.) getting a lot cheaper as the new cards come out.

3. I couldn't recommend the 27" unless your desk couldn't handle a 30" and you needed the higher resolution (but then you wouldn't be considering 2 24"s. So that's a mute point) because it's going to put you in the same situation gaming wise as the 30".
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November 21, 2010 12:01:54 AM

I actually used to have a couple of the Ultrasharp 24s but I got a bad batch with some really bad coloring issues, so I sent them back. I just drool at the thought of gaming at 2560x1600, so it might be worth it to upgrade the gpu :) 

Right now I'm using a 19" ViewSonic VA1912wb temporarily... because I ended up sending back the 24s.
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November 21, 2010 1:04:30 AM

It is definetly worth the upgrade for the 2560*1600, its great. It's expensive, but worth it. Not mention AA is really pointless at that resolution, so you don't have to worry about cranking it up all the way like the lower resolutions.
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July 21, 2011 12:15:17 PM

I purchased a samsung 23" HD LED (1920x1080)monitor 2 days back. Actually i was planning to buy a 21.5" but i bought the 23".It appeared not so big seeing at the shop. It works fine and great to watch HD movies on it.(eventhough my old p4 dualcore is messing up). But when it comes to browsing the monitor is causing much strain on ma eyes. So i personally suggest that 21.5" is the best for common usage (browsing and enjoying movies), since 1920x1080 resolution is available only from 21.5 inches.
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