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GTX 670 or 680 - Best Monitor?

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June 15, 2012 4:17:55 PM

When I build my new gaming rig, I plan on installing a GTX 670 or GTX 680, hopefully the 680 but I'll have to see where my budget ends up at. I'm near-sighted and although I now have a very good pair of lenses that do a great job of correcting my vision, I do sometimes still have a bit of difficulty. Now that I know which video card I want, I have been contemplating two different monitors, one perfectly within my estimated budget and one a good couple hundred dollars over what I feel I will have in pocket to spend when I get around to building my machine.

I understand that 120Hz is technically a great improvement, but I can't help but wonder if its actually that much better. Wouldn't a GTX 680 connected to a 60Hz monitor via HDMI look perfectly good and be suited for enjoyable gaming? I'd like to take full advantage of the power of a card like the GTX 680, but I don't want to over-spend on something that might not be perfectly suited to my needs.

Which monitor, in your opinion, would combine in a great way with the capabilities of a single GTX 680 and possibly two in SLI later on if I ever find myself needing a increase in power.

Monitor 1: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=24-014-...

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June 15, 2012 4:47:02 PM

Since they are both 1920 x 1080 monitors, the thing you'd be over-spending on is the GTX 680. You simply don't need that much power at that resolution. SLI would be total overkill. Consider using a GTX 670 and go with the 120Hz monitor. Or use the 670 with a 60Hz 27-inch or 30-inch monitor instead. That's what I would do.
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June 15, 2012 4:50:27 PM

2-GTX 680's for a 24" monitor? LOL

Cmon man reallY?
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June 15, 2012 5:04:15 PM

geekapproved said:
2-GTX 680's for a 24" monitor? LOL

Cmon man reallY?


I never read that anywhere.
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June 15, 2012 5:06:14 PM

I guess the 2 previous posters didn't take into account that not everyone has space available for a monitor larger than 24". That being said, I used the ASUS monitor you linked for about 2 years and I have nothing bad to say about it. I do agree that a 680 would definitely be overkill for any 60hz monitor. I'd def look into 120hz if you want to go the 680 route. If you're set on a 60hz monitor, a 570 would work just fine and perhaps, even a 560.
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June 15, 2012 5:07:54 PM

Get a 670 4GB, the card is so close to the 680, its ridiculous. Use the saved money to get the 3d screen, 3d will use more Vram I believe because of the increased refresh rates I think.

Also that 3d monitor is a 2ms, very close to a CRT monitor. Get the 3D fo sho.

I have a vanilla 680 and I kinda wish I would have gotten a 4GB 670, IMHO.
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June 15, 2012 5:09:16 PM

Oh and maybe look at another brand of 3D monitor, or even TV, I have never heard of BenQ.
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June 15, 2012 5:24:08 PM

I use a 22 inch 1080P LED BenQ at home. I've had it for almost 3 years with no issues.
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June 15, 2012 5:26:10 PM

Never heard of BenQ? Hmmm. I'd def go with BenQ over Sceptre anyday. Also, in my experience, connecting a monitor/TV via HDMI always made my display seem lighter/more gray. If you go the TV route, you'll be restricted to VGA or HDMI.

On a 3D note, I tried the 24" ASUS 3D monitor, but it was too dark and I returned it. I'm now waiting for the ASUS 27" 3D monitor with lightboost to arrive. Lightboost seems to be where it's at, so keep than in mind if you go the 3D route.
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June 18, 2012 3:06:50 PM

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Get of the 1080p land of displays they are cheapo crap that keeps getting churned out any 15 yr old can buy with his lunch money. Get a real display 30" 2560 x 1600 IPS display spend the money its worth it over garbage 1080p or even 3 of them.

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i145/Soldier36/DSC00804.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i145/Soldier36/DSC00256-1.jpg



Yeah, that's great if you have the money and don't want to game over 60 FPS. Personally, I'll take 120 FPS over IPS anyway.
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June 20, 2012 12:01:08 PM

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Get of the 1080p land of displays they are cheapo crap that keeps getting churned out any 15 yr old can buy with his lunch money. Get a real display 30" 2560 x 1600 IPS display spend the money its worth it over garbage 1080p or even 3 of them.

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i145/Soldier36/DSC00804.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i145/Soldier36/DSC00256-1.jpg


That is an awesome set-up you have there. But, perhaps you could find some receipts and calculate exactly what you spent to accumulate all that? A 30" 2560x1600 IPS display would be great, at least that is what many people claim, but the fact of the matter is, do you really need one to have a enjoyable experience?

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June 20, 2012 12:07:04 PM

LongLiveRock1974 said:
Never heard of BenQ? Hmmm. I'd def go with BenQ over Sceptre anyday. Also, in my experience, connecting a monitor/TV via HDMI always made my display seem lighter/more gray. If you go the TV route, you'll be restricted to VGA or HDMI.

On a 3D note, I tried the 24" ASUS 3D monitor, but it was too dark and I returned it. I'm now waiting for the ASUS 27" 3D monitor with lightboost to arrive. Lightboost seems to be where it's at, so keep than in mind if you go the 3D route.


I highly doubt I will go the TV route. I already have a perfectly good Sony Trinitron 27" for watching TV. Old but good. I've heared some great things about 3D gaming, what sort of experience have you had with it? I kinda doubt I'll feel like wearing a second pair of glasses over my corrective lenses to enjoy it, but the prospect seems enticing nevertheless.
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June 20, 2012 12:38:48 PM

LongLiveRock1974 said:
Yeah, that's great if you have the money and don't want to game over 60 FPS. Personally, I'll take 120 FPS over IPS anyway.


Thank you for the intelligent comment. Have you used both a 60Hz and a 120Hz before, and if so could you share your thoughts on the perceivable differences between the two when gaming?

Personally, I feel a GTX 670 connected via HDMI to a 24" or 25" 1080p monitor would be perfect for me. In my understanding, that 120Hz is actually most useful in a first-person shooter like BF3, where the extra FPS can let you spot enemies faster and whatnot. However, I lean more towards the RPG/shooter mix, games like the Mass Effect trilogy and FO3 and New Vegas. Wouldn't a 120Hz monitor be a bit of a waste when I'm not planning on daily high-intensity competitive multiplayer in a game like BF3?
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July 5, 2012 1:19:05 PM

Best answer selected by TheYellowEyedMan.
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