I'm wondering which monitor to get for the system I'm building. I've done some research and I'm still not sure on what's a good reaction time and refresh rate that I should be aiming for. I'm an RPG junky and lately my drug has been World of Warcraft. I hate FPS's because they make me nauseous. But I do love to pvp when not raiding, but if you arent familiar wih the game both raiding and pvping (player vs. player combat action) involves alot of action and quick thinking. So I'm thinking a monitor with around 5ms response time and contrast ratio (not dynamic) of 1000:1 and size of alteast 19" and no more than 23" at this point. I think paying over $300 for a monitor is crazy talk so I want to keep it below that. Will NOT be watching movies on it primarily, I've a nice home theater for that. My rig which I'm still building is as follows:
5ms is a fine timing, I went from 5ms to 2ms and the ghosting isn't noticeable.
For wow you want at least 1920x1080 resolution, especially if you are going to using a lot of GUI mods, the larger the resolution (not larger screen size necessarily), the better. You'd be surprised how many more bars and tooltips I can add-on to the GUI with 1920x1200 as opposed to my friends 1600x900.
I wouldn't worry so much about response time and contrast ratio.
Make sure you get a good brand (LG, Acer, Asus, HannsG, Dell, Samsung - are some notably good ones), get at least 1920x1080 ratio and at least 5ms response time and you should be good.
This is the One I went with though I bought it locally through COMPUSA for $139 + tax instead of ordering ( for the couple $'s I like having a retail store to return it to if any problems develop!)
Went 23" because the 20"x11.25" screen size is the ideal for 1920x1080 display (PC systems are written for 96DPI displays - (1920/96 = 20 and 1080/96 = 11.25)) so looks the closest to the way the designers programmed for ( 20" or smaller gets a bit hard to read text and 25" and up get pretty blurry @ 1920x1080 ) --- and for $150 it comes with a 3 year warranty so if I get that much use out of it it only costs $50 a year which is less than 1 game so you can't really go wrong. It pairs up nicely with my PII x3 720 (Unlocked to x4) @ 3.3Ghz and Sapphire 5770 and 4GB. of DDR3 1600 CAS8 RAM. gets very decent performance in almost any game and looks great on the 23" display. The stand is not the best since it only tilts but isn't too bad (I'm mounting mine on the wall using a $15 tilt and swivel mount and removing the stand to be able to adjust it a bit more. For the Price it is a great monitor (no dead or stuck pixels and nice color.
I did alot of searching and trying to predict my needs in the next 2-3 yrs (I figure I'll build another computer then). I found a sweet online deal for an ASUS 23" LCD and saving about 80 bucks on it. I figure there may be a time when I'll wanna watch blue ray movies on my computer so wth. Thanks so much guys for steering me in the right direction!