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I need one last thing to finish my new build. the most important part!

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October 26, 2012 1:24:28 AM

I need a monitor!! lol I'm having a horrific time doing this. I'm so undecided at the moment. There is one monitor I am leaning towards at the moment though.

Here's the monitor - http://www.amazon.com/HP-x2301-23-Inch-Micro-Monitor/dp...


I will be using this for video games mostly. World of Warcraft,Torchlight 2,Battlefield.

Is this a good monitor for these type of games or is there something better at the moment I could get for my budget of $230???

I will be ordering a monitor tonight so I need some help soon if possible <3

October 26, 2012 1:34:56 AM

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I looked at them on Amazon and they seemed pretty good actually. Going to check out the one you recommended now actually :) 


Still lookingfor more input guys <3


-Brittany

hm the dell one has an 8ms response time o.O
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October 26, 2012 1:37:07 AM

Oh,also tilting and wall mounting doesn't matter to me at all :)  Just want the best looking picture out there for my type of games for under $230
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October 26, 2012 2:12:24 AM

I sort of was looking for a bit more detailed answers. Like yes or no you can't really find a monitor with a much better picture in your price range,or this monitor has better specs for your types of games,etc..

Any help is appreciated <3
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October 26, 2012 2:16:46 AM

Hmmm... to be honest i thought we did this yesterday it must of been someone else i guess anyway your link is broke so i can't tell what the quality of it is to say if i know of better or not sorry
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October 26, 2012 2:21:29 AM

Between good brand TN panel monitors (60Hz), there isnt much difference between them. The price is almost purely because of physical size and feature set (inbuilt speakers, wall mounting and such).
Only big difference between monitors in the response time, which is usually 2 or 5ms. Lower is better, but its debatable whether its even noticed.
So really, get one you like the look of and fits into your budget. Thats pretty much it.

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October 26, 2012 2:27:56 AM

correct :) 

I don't know if that monitor is a "tn monitor" because I don't really know what one is lol
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October 26, 2012 2:32:41 AM

In a nutshell, TN panels are fast and cheap. Your standard monitor is a TN panel.
120Hz panels are TN but even faster and more expensive.
IPS is more expensive, but you get much better colour reproduction. Often slower than TN panels.

Most monitors are standard 60/75Hz TN panels. You can assume a monitor is TN unless it says otherwise.
Was just saying that between good brands, there isnt that much difference.
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October 26, 2012 2:39:06 AM

Term used for type of lcd panel usualy the less expensive ones like most people use.
If you use Photoshop or other activities where you need better veiwing angles or accuate colors select an ISP type panel.
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October 26, 2012 2:57:50 AM

That HP monitor doesn't seem bad i never used a HP monitor before so i am not sure about the quality sorry i can't be of more help good luck!
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October 26, 2012 3:02:30 AM

thanks will need some luck lol. i'm undecided now between glossy and matte zzZzZ
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October 26, 2012 3:05:42 AM

taylorswift said:
hm the dell one has an 8ms response time o.O


Which is no better than yours, which has a 3ms GtG time. Gray to Gray on a gaming monitor should be 2ms. When you see a monitor that has a 5ms response time, that's the normal measurement which correlates to a 2ms GtG.
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October 26, 2012 3:07:18 AM

Thats just a personal thing.
Glossy screens make the colours on it look more vibrant compared to Matte, but many find it annoying as you can see reflections in the screen.
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October 26, 2012 3:10:24 AM

Okay thanks. Reflections aren't a problems whatsoever with how my setup is so I guess I'll go with a glossy screen.

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October 26, 2012 3:28:04 AM

Matte screens don't get glare or reflections on them; however, the same rough surface (polarizer) that reduces the intensity of reflected light results in less contrast and brightness since the light from the LCD screen has to pass through it. Matte screens diffuse light instead of reflecting it so they might be easier to read outdoors, if the backlight provides enough brightness. You don't have to worry about reflections unlike with a glossy screen. One of the downsides of a strong anti-glare coating in matte displays is a grainy "crystalline" pattern which is mostly visible when viewing text on a white background.

Glossy screens have vibrant colors and high contrast and brightness because they have a smooth, high-gloss surface. As a result, it is often the choice for movies or gaming. However, strong lighting sources in the environment cause glare on these screens which is not only annoying, but can also cause eye strain and pain. If the lighting isn't adequate, you will also see distracting reflections on the screen. Some graphics designers may find the colors inaccurate, although that mostly depends on the LCD matrix. Glossy will work great for you if the lighting in your room doesn't create any glare on the screen.
Response Rate

The response rate of an LCD monitor refers to how quickly each pixel on the screen can change color. The lower the response rate, the faster the screen updates. If you are playing fast-paced action game for example, where the images change quickly, if you're playing on a monitor with a slower response rate, you may experience what is known as "ghosting". Ghosting happens when the previous image displayed on the screen can still be seen as a blur for moments after the image has changed.

When choosing the best gaming monitor, the response rate is perhaps the single most important factor to consider. Ghosting and motion blur can ruin your overall gaming experience. The faster the response rate of your monitor, the less ghosting you will see.

I would say that an LCD with a response rate of 5ms is the minimum for gaming. Lower than 5ms is better of course (remember that the lower, the faster), and the very best gaming monitors on the market have extremely fast response rates such as 2ms and lower to avoid any ghosting/blur issues completely.


LED vs LCD Monitors

LED monitors are the exact same as LCD monitors, except they use LED backlighting which provides some advantages such as a brighter and sharper display, thinner screen, and lower power usage.

LED monitors currently cost a little more than a standard LCD, but if you want the best gaming monitor then I would definitely suggest you buy one. If not, a standard LCD monitor with a good response rate will do just fine.


What Size Monitor?

Ultimately, the size you go for is totally up to you and how much you're willing to spend. Obviously the larger the screen, the more expensive it will be, but for the best gaming monitor experience I would suggest at least 19", and go for a widescreen LCD if you can. Nothing beats gaming on a nice, decent-sized widescreen monitor.

If you want the most immersive gaming experience possible and you have the money to spend, go for a quality 23" or 24" screen, or even 25" and above. After gaming on such a massive screen you won't ever want to go back to a smaller screen!


Contrast Ratio

The contrast ratio of a monitor can be a helpful spec to generally compare picture quality between different monitors. In general, the higher the contrast ratio, the better the picture quality.

With high contrast ratios your screen can produce deeper black levels, which creates a more immersive and visually sharp experience. Keep in mind that the contrast ratio isn't always an accurate measure of image quality, so don't use it solely to compare two monitors as there's more to it than that.


Viewing Angle

If you look at an LCD monitor from an angle, you will notice that the image appears dimmer and the colors can look weird. At extreme angles the entire image can even disappear. The viewing angle of an LCD monitor is the angle at which you can still view the screen clearly, and is usually listed in the monitor's specifications list.

The greater the viewing angle, the better, but for gamers the viewing angle doesn't really matter because you are looking directly at the screen the whole time. But there are some people who will consider the viewing angle important, for example if you need to show presentations with your LCD monitor.


120Hz Vs. 60Hz
120 Hz vs. 60Hz Refresh Rate - Source: BenQBoth response time, the time it takes for a pixel to go from black to white and back again, and input lag, the difference in time that it takes for you to input a command into your computer and see it displayed, are very well-known terms in the gaming community. Few gamers think about the impact that a higher refresh rate will have on their game.

What is Refresh Rate?

Refresh rate is basically the amount of times in a second that a monitor will draw the data which it receives. Most TN and IPS panel monitors have a 60Hz refresh rate. In order to really see all the advantages that come with a 120Hz display you should be gaming at an FPS well above 60.

Benefits of 120Hz:

1. Details are more crisp, smoothly rendered, and lifelike.
2. More Responsive
3. Eliminates Tearing
4. Eliminates the need for V-Sync
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October 27, 2012 2:35:16 AM

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I looked at them on Amazon and they seemed pretty good actually. Going to check out the one you recommended now actually :) 


Still lookingfor more input guys <3


-Brittany

hm the dell one has an 8ms response time o.O



Yes 8ms seem like a lot, but honestly the difference between 2ms to 5ms and 5ms to 8ms aren't very noticeable. The color reproduction on the IPS is though. You may get a slightly slower input time, but the picture quality will be noticeably better. I think that it's a good trade-off.
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October 27, 2012 3:13:28 AM

mastrom101 said:
Yes 8ms seem like a lot, but honestly the difference between 2ms to 5ms and 5ms to 8ms aren't very noticeable. The color reproduction on the IPS is though. You may get a slightly slower input time, but the picture quality will be noticeably better. I think that it's a good trade-off.

Maybe not for watching movies and browsing, but for gaming I think you will MUCH prefer 2ms vs 8ms.
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October 27, 2012 3:17:02 AM

And again... 2ms is a marketing term, because it's 2ms Gray to Gray - the same exact GtG time as a 5ms monitor. Yeah, there's a difference between 8 and 5... but there's no difference between 2ms GtG and 5ms actual.

Apples and oranges - come on, guys. They're measuring two different things!
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October 27, 2012 3:26:29 AM

milkshakez7z said:
Maybe not for watching movies and browsing, but for gaming I think you will MUCH prefer 2ms vs 8ms.


But is the minor difference worth sacrificing picture quality?
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October 27, 2012 6:08:40 AM

mastrom101 said:
But is the minor difference worth sacrificing picture quality?

Well TBH it really depends on the person, I guess I'd just try to get a balance :p 
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