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March 24, 2012 10:17:10 PM

Hey everybody I just need some suggestions. What accessories should I buy for the following build? I also already own a POS mouse any keyboard already, lol. I have $200 to spend and what would be the most worthwhile parts to spend my money on? I am thinking I should buy a vh236h asus monitor and then maybe snag a deal on a 60gb ssd, what do you guys think? Also, I use my computer mostly for watching movies and playing games.

*Intel 2500-K
*Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 MOBO
*Phantom 410 Case
*2x2gb G-SKILL RAM
*Radeon 6850
*120GB seagate 7200rpm
*17" 1440 x 900 Compaq Monitor
March 24, 2012 10:30:46 PM

badjad05 said:
Hey everybody I just need some suggestions. What accessories should I buy for the following build? I also already own a POS mouse any keyboard already, lol. I have $200 to spend and what would be the most worthwhile parts to spend my money on? I am thinking I should buy a vh236h asus monitor and then maybe snag a deal on a 60gb ssd, what do you guys think? Also, I use my computer mostly for watching movies and playing games.

*Intel 2500-K
*Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 MOBO
*Phantom 410 Case
*2x2gb G-SKILL RAM
*Radeon 6850
*120GB seagate 7200rpm
*17" 1440 x 900 Compaq Monitor


The monitor would definitely be the wisest investment out of those options before plunking down $200 on a mouse and keyboard. I like Asus monitors - they're really easy to work with and have really broad color spectrums and great black levels.
March 24, 2012 10:35:53 PM

Thanks for the reply! I was thinking the same thing, but I don't know what I should do with the rest of the money, spend it on a HDD, SSD, or anything else I may need. I mean my HDD is like 6 years old, lol.
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March 24, 2012 10:45:32 PM

What do you look for in a monitor? Ashe is not the only good one.. Samsung, LG, etc make good ones too..
March 25, 2012 3:00:28 AM

No, the aspect ratio is 1000:1. Dynamic ratio is just a gimmick and used to promote a product. Most monitors will be around 900:1.
March 25, 2012 3:11:33 AM

Also, that monitor only has 3 video inputs, I am looking for a monitor with 3.
March 25, 2012 3:42:39 AM

The one you linked doesn't have an LED backlight.
March 25, 2012 5:47:08 PM

Also, I have a 6850 with hdmi 1.4, and this monitor only has 1.3, is there a big difference?
March 25, 2012 6:21:57 PM

azeem40 said:
What do you look for in a monitor? Ashe is not the only good one.. Samsung, LG, etc make good ones too..


I'm kind of picky about displays - I look for good color contrast, back light, refresh rates can vary, resolution as long as it's 1080p or above, and whether or not it can accept DVI, HDMI, etc connections.
March 25, 2012 6:56:06 PM

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HDMI 1.4 is for 3D Monitors only, HDMI 1.4 allows the transmission of 3D content rendered by the GPU as well as 100mbps (not sure if 1gbps too) ethernet connection, in other words, dont worry, its ok


Thanks for clearing that up! I was a bit confused, and want to make most out of my current video card. Also does anybody know if a 2ms (Gray to Gray) is better than a normal 5ms monitor? I have done my research and found that there is a slight difference, what do you guys think about these specs? Finding a monitor would be so much easier these days if the manufactures didn't inflate the specs of monitors nowadays.
March 25, 2012 10:58:48 PM

Actually I did research and a 2ms(GTG) monitor is almost identical to an all around 5ms monitor.
March 25, 2012 11:37:11 PM

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Better price for the budget. Only 2 inputs, VGA and one hdmi. Even at that, easily fixed.

I use one of these

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Port-HDMI-Switch-Switcher-Spl...

Works perfect for having ps3 on one port, pc on the other. You can get them for under 5 bucks on ebay, things I've read said that hdmi cables 6 ft and under there is no quality difference. That would save some cash.

Maybe one of these for 40 bucks.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Razer-DeathAdder-3500dpi-3-...

And maybe a budget keyboard to go with it.
March 25, 2012 11:47:27 PM

badjad05 said:
Hey everybody I just need some suggestions. What accessories should I buy for the following build? I also already own a POS mouse any keyboard already, lol. I have $200 to spend and what would be the most worthwhile parts to spend my money on? I am thinking I should buy a vh236h asus monitor and then maybe snag a deal on a 60gb ssd, what do you guys think? Also, I use my computer mostly for watching movies and playing games.

*Intel 2500-K
*Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 MOBO
*Phantom 410 Case
*2x2gb G-SKILL RAM
*Radeon 6850
*120GB seagate 7200rpm
*17" 1440 x 900 Compaq Monitor



Change that old monitor you have to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 26, 2012 12:07:07 AM

I think my suggestion is better because look at the spec's: the Asus monitor has 24" diagonal measurement, the LG is only 23",
Asus has 2ms(mili-seconds) responds time, while the LG has 5ms. If you are buying a HDTV or a an LCD monitor the lesser response time would be better in terms of watching action packed videos or games. Response time is the time it takes for a pixel to change from white to black color.
March 26, 2012 12:09:18 AM

2ms to 5ms sees no real-world differences. The one I linked is more suited for people who want many options to be comfortable in. 24" on 1080p has low pixel per inch, which means each pixel will be bigger.
March 26, 2012 12:11:20 AM

Also, IPS is a superior technology to 60Hz TN, with wider viewing angles and greater color quality.
March 26, 2012 12:28:59 AM

Thanks for all the help! But I really am on a tight budget, and what do you guys think of me getting a small 20-24 inch T.V. That way I could use my Xbox and computer.
March 26, 2012 12:49:06 AM

A TV at that size will cost you even more for less quality. A Monitor will give you better quality than a TV at that size ever will. The monitor I linked has HDMI, so you can connect your Xbox to it.
March 26, 2012 12:55:47 AM

Alright, so no to the T.V. but can I get a monitor with 1080p and an hdmi at under 150? I am open to all sources :p 
March 26, 2012 1:08:42 AM

Easily. However, why? You said in the OP that you have $200 to spend.
March 26, 2012 1:13:31 AM

Check my post above for link from Microcenter, 24 inch for 140 bucks. I can also show you how to hook up pc speakers to ps3, hopefully xbox is similar. If you use a rca to 1/8 cable, then a 1/8 inch adapter that is a barrel connector with female 1/8 inch connections on each side, you should be able to hook sound up using the av cables that come with your xbox. That's what I did with my ps3.
March 26, 2012 1:14:31 AM

The above is right. A TV's HDMI connection is just like a Monitor's.
March 26, 2012 1:45:33 AM

Haha, in the OP i meant I only had $200 to spend on total upgrades, because if I can snag a lcd monitor for like $140 and then get an ssd for $70, it will be more worthwhile then an led monitor.
March 26, 2012 1:49:33 AM

A $70 SSD would only hold 32GB, which is only enough for the OS, but that is true the performance will be astronomical. Check out ohiou's microcenter post for the monitor under $150.
March 26, 2012 2:09:54 AM

I think it is and LED. It says LCD, but it also says it's got an LED Backlight.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

If you need more hdmi, this switcher is cheap, I have one almost exactly like it, works great for me.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Port-HDMI-Switch-Switcher-Spl...

Grab a couple of hdmi cables. They are 99 cents and free shipping. 3 ft long, but if they don't work well, they are only 1 dollar each.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW3FT-HDMI-M-M-Cable-1080p-Pla...

You may have to use some connectors to hook it to speakers, I use connectors similar to these.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-PCS-RCA-BARREL-CONNECTORS-CON...

So see if the xbox lets you use your av cable for only sound, if so, maybe grab a pair of these, run the red and white av cables into them, let the yellow one hang if you like.

Grab one of these.



Plug those into the other side of the barrel connectors above.

Something like this should work now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1pcs-3-5mm-1-8-Female-Stereo-to...

Plug some old computer speakers into one side, the 1/8 inch from your adapter in the other side, and viola!

Or if you get creative with one set of speakers.....


Get one of these....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Ports-AV-RCA-Video-Game-Selec...

Run av cables from xbox into one side on front.


2 Of these again...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5mm-1-8-inch-Stereo-to-Dual-R...

Use one, plug the 1/8 inch jack into back of PC, av into another front port of the switcher.

Go to the back side of the switcher, take the other adapter like above, plug into the red and white sound ports on the back side, plug the other end into the dual 1/8 inch connector like above, and the speakers into the other side. Now if you want to use xbox, just swap to the input with the xbox plugged in, if the PC, then to where the PC is plugged in. I just need to get another 1/8 inch cable for going from PC to connector. But I have a similar setup for my PS3/PC.

March 26, 2012 2:13:35 AM

Thanks for the above post! It will help me as well along the line! :) 
March 26, 2012 2:23:54 AM

I agree yet again. :) 
March 26, 2012 3:05:36 AM

Lol. I'm sure there's a difference, right now, I'm running a 22inch, only does 720p(1680x1050), but honestly, even in FPS it does ok. Worst issues I've had with it is that I've at times had to use vsync to lock the frames down to like 30 fps so my monitor could keep up, but if I do that, it's fine. Gotta remember my monitor is like 4 years old too, so surely technology has advanced in that time frame.
March 26, 2012 4:06:33 AM

azeem40 said:
2ms to 5ms sees no real-world differences. The one I linked is more suited for people who want many options to be comfortable in. 24" on 1080p has low pixel per inch, which means each pixel will be bigger.


The pixel per squre inch not "per inch" has to be dependent on the gpu output tha the OP will buy. I have a 55" Samsung LCD TV with a maxumun resolution of 1920x1080p and I cannot even see the pixel you are talking about. It depends on the braodcast and bandwidth the monitor or TV receives. If the video quality is only 480i or lower, therefore you will notice those pixel per square inch you mentioned above. And if the monitor receives a high quality video like 1920x1080p , you will not notice any pixels on it.
March 27, 2012 10:34:09 PM

I would love a 24inch monitor but unless I can snag a shell shocker on newegg or can find a 24 inch somewhere else for cheap then IDK.
April 15, 2012 8:31:30 AM

badjad05 said:
I would love a 24inch monitor but unless I can snag a shell shocker on newegg or can find a 24 inch somewhere else for cheap then IDK.


If its not to.late check newegg again the ASUS VH236H is 129.99 after rebate good deal but no led or the asus ve248h is 169.99 after coupon code
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