I just purchased a computer that I am going to be building this weekend. Here are the specs:
Mother Board: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Video Card: MSI N680GTX-PM2D2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Hard Drive: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance ...
RAM: GeIL Enhance CORSA 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model GEC316GB1600C9QC
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
CD Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
Video card is a GTX680. So I want a display system that utilizes this, but I am unsure how to do it.
I have a monitor now running at 1680x1050, but I want a monitor that can blow this out of the water. (This I will be using as a second monitor solely for multitasking)
I'm not sure what reasonable price ranges are for good monitors, but is thinking a monitor less than $300 crazy??... thanks!
Theres different kinds of monitors. The two main panels are IPS and TN.
I am an IPS fan. With IPS you get wider viewing angles which is good for watching movies/tv at a farther distance or having someone watch etc. They are pretty dang good for gaming to because of how fast they are. Dell / HP / will be the best in this category. IPS will be more expensive too. For strictly gaming go tn. If you do other stuff and read a lot of text etc or want features go ips. Design people swear by ips. But a lot of purist hate ips because there colors can be dull (typically the anti glare cloating on dells). Its really preference.
Dell - u2311hm, u2411 , or they do have 27" and 30" models but they will cost you upwards to a $1,000. Hp's model is like zr22w or something like that. It is a good looking monitor.
TN: is your basic panel and depending on the company/style you can get a wide range of good to bad monitors. These monitors tend to not have a anti glare coating and are usually glossy. They also can have a very low MS but may cause motion blur. You will have narrow viewing angles but if you only game it won't be a problem. Also the colors will be good because they typically do not use an AG coating. Samsung / Asus may be the two best in this category. The differences between the two are really nit picky and both are good depending on brand etc.
I would go on newegg and look up asus and samsung if you wanna go this route. Asus 23-27 and Samsung 23-27. The VH line from Asus is pretty good if you go TN route.
$200-400 will get you a very good monitor. Anything under $180 and your really going into the bottom side of monitors unless its just really on sale that week.
You want the MS rating to be around 2-4 unless you go IPS because they are rated higher but actually respond the same in the end. So 8ms could really be 2-4ms if you go IPS.
***To push your 680 you want to at least get a 23-27" monitor at 1920x1080 res. This will still be easy to push ultra in any game you play. Only when you do 3x monitors or a 30" will you begin testing the 680 though.