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What is the best gaming monitor for around $200 or less?

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February 11, 2011 11:03:10 PM

Hi, I'm Looking for some recommendations for monitors. I would like at least 1080p... and the lowest response time, I will be using crossfire 6870s to drive this display but am thinking that it would be better to stick to 60hz? What would you suggest? can the 120hz models run in 60hz mode as well? Would I be able to pull 120hz v-synced with crossfire 6870s on some games (I'm thinking some but not many)? I want something with a low response time (2-3ms). I'm okay with 60hz if the damn thing doesn't ghost like crazy... I have a 24" dell currently and it has some undesirable ghosting with its 5ms response time. I'm looking for something with a high contrast ratio and vivid colors.. Overall I'm out of the loop for what is the best way to go with gaming monitors these days so again my budget is around $200 US Dollars... what monitor will improve my experience the most for the money over my current average 24" 1200p dell lcd?

All suggestions are welcome and thanks for everybody's input>>

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February 11, 2011 11:37:08 PM

Faster (more Hz) monitors are almost always capable of slower modes. You might get the 120Hz vsync'd out of a game like left 4 dead 1 & 2 with those cards. I guess you could turn down the details and run at 120Hz Vsync'd in some other games. Personally, I don't like playing any games Vsync'd. I can't explain it, but when I run like that, even though FRAPS shows a constant 60, the video always seems to lose a bit of smoothness that way. There are nice Samsung 23" and 24" lcd monitors with 1 or 2ms response time in that price range, though I don't know of too many monitors in that price range at all running at 120Hz.
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February 11, 2011 11:53:03 PM

ok so 60 hz seems like the logical choice can you recommend any specific model from newegg or some online vendor in the US? Regardless of price range, what is a top of the line 60hz monitor in the 22-24" range? What do you use for a monitor with your signature?
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February 17, 2011 6:30:36 PM

I like and use a Samsung P2770FH. I picked it up for around $240 on sale. It is a 1080p 27" and has a 1ms response time. Looks like your used to a little more resolution, though?
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February 17, 2011 7:10:12 PM

yeah I have 1920X1200 but the response time is 5ms and a crappy mechanism for that anyways... Ill take a look at the samsung, thanks, how are fast moving games on it?
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February 18, 2011 8:41:14 AM

jjb8675309 said:
yeah I have 1920X1200 but the response time is 5ms and a crappy mechanism for that anyways... Ill take a look at the samsung, thanks, how are fast moving games on it?

Excellent. Are you getting blur from 5ms response time and fast-moving games?
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February 18, 2011 1:37:41 PM

yes I am, it seems as though some monitors have more effective 5ms response then others, that is why im worried about the 2 ms gtg (grey to grey) what about color to color? lol it might sound like a dumb question but im a little green to the specifics of displays...
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February 18, 2011 2:44:01 PM

jjb8675309 said:
yes I am, it seems as though some monitors have more effective 5ms response then others, that is why im worried about the 2 ms gtg (grey to grey) what about color to color? lol it might sound like a dumb question but im a little green to the specifics of displays...

My last gaming monitor was a Samsung LED 23" with 2ms response. I never saw blur on that while gaming either. I have a 5ms response time Samsung 40" LCD TV that I never see blur on while gaming on an XBOX 360. I think you might have something else going on with that monitor if you're seeing noticeable blur.
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February 24, 2011 3:23:41 PM

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