Monitor Questions


I am looking at buying a new monitor from my GTX 580 (3gb). It's primary functions will be playing games (BF3, Skyrim, SWTOR, etc...) but will also be doing some video editing (nothing major, mainly game play vids).

I am currently using a 40" samsung LED tv as my monitor and really like th epicture quality but it is just too big for competitive gaming. I have been looking at 24" monitors but have kinda hit a wall because I am not sure if I should go with IPS or TN, 1920X1200 or 1920X1080, 120? 3d ready? ... Are any of these necessary?

As I said primary purpose is gaming with a little of everything else sprinkled in. Could really use some input and recommendations.

Thank you,
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  1. unless you really plan on 3D gaming, then save a Benjamin and get better 2D performance - lower response time (2-5ms) and better refresh rate (I find 60Hz plenty, 120Hz is plenty, 240Hz is entirely unnecessary). if you plan on gaming a lot, then I'd avoid IPS. I used to have a 24" IPS which was good, but not as good as my 27" TN. I had shadowboxing and ghosting problems with the IPS, which is typical for that technology. And expect to pay at least a 50% premium for the IPS. 1920x1080 is plenty for gaming, but you may miss the extra horizontal lines for video/graphics editing. I do both, and I'm good with the regular 1920x1080.

    And I do enjoy gaming more on the 27 over the 24".
  2. Ya, I think that based on my needs a TN will be fine. 27" v. 24" is interesting, most things I have read say that 24" is the "ideal" gaming size.

    I think I just need to go to Fry's or Best Buy and and just try out as many monitors as I can.

    However, based on brands I am thinking about either Samsung or ASUS and everyone seems to have good things to say about LG. Not really sure, I think am just confusing myself with all the options...
  3. I think most current 27" monitors are 2560 x 1440, but there should still be some 27" monitors that are 1920x1200 or 1920x1080.

    Most people who play games perfer TN panel monitors because of the lower response times (2ms, 5ms) compared to the response times of IPS panels (5ms, 6ms, 8ms). Nearly all IPS monitors with 5ms or 6ms response times are the more expensive Hi-IPS, P-IPS and S-IPS varieties which basically starts at $500 and simply goes straight up from there. There may be a few inexpensive e-IPS panel monitors with 5ms or 6ms response times, but I'm not sure since I am not in the market for a new monitor so I haven't been keeping out with what's out there.

    There is actually no such thing as a 240Hz monitor, HDTV yes, but not monitors. Also all HDTVs only accepts 60Hz input so a 120Hz HDTV is not the same as a 120Hz monitor. They are vastly different. Regarding 120Hz monitors... if you are interested in 3D gaming then this is the type of monitor you want to buy. They are genrally good if you want to see more than 60 frames per second in normal 2D gameplay.

    One caveat about 120Hz monitors... I recall reading a post from someone in this forum who did some research into 120Hz monitors. He stated that based on his research, 120Hz monitors do not always give you 120 frames per second in 2D mode. According to him, if the video card outputs less than 120 FPS, then the monitor drops to 60Hz mode. So if you are playing a game and your video card can only output 119 frames per second, the 120Hz monitor will drop down to operating at 60Hz. Whether this is true or not, I do not know since I am not interested in 120Hz monitors to do any of my own research.
  4. jaguarskx said:
    I think most current 27" monitors are 2560 x 1440, but there should still be some 27" monitors that are 1920x1200 or 1920x1080.

    It's the other way around. Vast majority of 27" monitors are 1920x1200 or 1080p with a handful at 2560 x 1440(for 3-4x the price.)
  5. another consideration is the type of backlight. I still prefer the old fluorescent bulb over the newer led type. I find the colors and light levels to be more uniform, which is a problem with edge lit led displays. I don't need my monitor to be super thin
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