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November 1, 2012 3:09:52 AM

I'm looking to step up to a 120Mhz monitor and can't figure out what to get. Some I find that I think would be good are discontinued, others seem to have gone up in price and the rest are well out of my price range. I don't care about 3d and I'll only be running one monitor.
I currently have an LG L227W which is very nice but I want to step up to 1920x1080 and a higher refresh.

Any suggestions?

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November 1, 2012 4:13:14 AM



Not one of those is 120hz. They are 3D, but they are passive systems that work at 60hz.

This might be the cheapest 120hz I've ever seen. It has a huge discount:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 1, 2012 4:36:59 AM

WTF!Lol... i did not see any posts before mine weird
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November 1, 2012 6:40:43 AM

bystander said:
Not one of those is 120hz. They are 3D, but they are passive systems that work at 60hz.

This might be the cheapest 120hz I've ever seen. It has a huge discount:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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Ahh... Thanks for the correction, buddy.
To OP: try what bystrander suggest above...
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November 1, 2012 12:28:31 PM

So it looks like that Acer is my only choice. Not a fan of the brand, can anyone tell me if it's a good monitor?
Other than being cheaper by quite a bit, how does it compare to the BenQ XL2420T?
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November 1, 2012 12:35:15 PM

ibjeepr said:
So it looks like that Acer is my only choice. Not a fan of the brand, can anyone tell me if it's a good monitor?
Other than being cheaper by quite a bit, how does it compare to the BenQ XL2420T?
BenQ XL2420TX is what i have and all i can say is best monitor i ever owned so far and i have own many different monitors in my lifetime
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November 1, 2012 1:09:49 PM

bigcyco1 said:
BenQ XL2420TX is what i have and all i can say is best monitor i ever owned so far and i have own many different monitors in my lifetime


It looks like it is a nice monitor. Is it $140 nicer than the Acer though? Does it offer something that I need that the Acer doesn't have? $389 is well over budget and would take a good amount of time to save up.
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November 1, 2012 1:14:17 PM

ibjeepr said:
It looks like it is a nice monitor. Is it $140 nicer than the Acer though? Does it offer something that I need that the Acer doesn't have? $389 is well over budget and would take a good amount of time to save up.

No. It's not worth going for the BenQ. The Acer would do nicely.
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November 1, 2012 1:30:47 PM

ibjeepr said:
It looks like it is a nice monitor. Is it $140 nicer than the Acer though? Does it offer something that I need that the Acer doesn't have? $389 is well over budget and would take a good amount of time to save up.
Well it all depends 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.



Matte vs Glossy Screens There are two kinds of modern LCD screens: matte (anti-glare) and glossy. Both have their pros and cons and are a subject of many discussions.


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. 120Hz
Why a 120Hz Refresh Rate Computer 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
Anyway....long story short yes the BenQ XL2420T is top notch for gaming as well as the Acer both are well worth the price imo but only you can decide that.
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November 1, 2012 1:32:30 PM

The Benq is great at 3D but since you don't care about it go for the cheap option =)
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November 1, 2012 1:49:58 PM

ibjeepr said:
It looks like it is a nice monitor. Is it $140 nicer than the Acer though? Does it offer something that I need that the Acer doesn't have? $389 is well over budget and would take a good amount of time to save up.
Well i think you should get what's in your budget and not worry about rather or not one is better between the two sense you can't afford the one anyway besides the Acer is a solid choice and i honestly don't believe you would regret buying it :D 
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November 1, 2012 1:54:49 PM

@bigcyco1 - "4. Eliminates the need for V-Sync"

I have not had the same experience as you. I still get screen tearing with out v-sync on in many games, even with 120hz. However, v-sync with a 120hz monitor has far less of a negative impact on fps and response, so it's all good.
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November 1, 2012 1:59:12 PM

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@bigcyco1 - "4. Eliminates the need for V-Sync"

I have not had the same experience as you. I still get screen tearing with out v-sync on in many games, even with 120hz. However, v-sync with a 120hz monitor has far less of a negative impact on fps and response, so it's all good.
Nevermind dam my pc is lagging
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November 1, 2012 2:06:07 PM

bigcyco1 said:
That is something my friend wrote i was in the shower sorry fellas :lol:  i agree with all he mentioned though except i don't know about the Eliminates the need for V-Sync" he says it does i don't think so though lol


It is an old myth that having FPS lower than your refresh eliminates tearing. While it does reduce tearing, and you aren't guaranteed to get tearing, it still happens. Though it is possible your friend is using one of the new motherboards that have hybrid sync (not sure on exact name). I think it's sort of a hardware version of adapative v-sync.
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November 1, 2012 2:24:08 PM

bystander said:
It is an old myth that having FPS lower than your refresh eliminates tearing. While it does reduce tearing, and you aren't guaranteed to get tearing, it still happens. Though it is possible your friend is using one of the new motherboards that have hybrid sync (not sure on exact name). I think it's sort of a hardware version of adapative v-sync.
Well he left but anyway it's possible he has like seven rigs :pt1cable:  don't ask why i have no idea :lol: 
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November 1, 2012 2:25:12 PM

Are you really going to be able to take advantage of a 120 Hz monitor with your 5770?
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November 1, 2012 2:35:11 PM

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Are you really going to be able to take advantage of a 120 Hz monitor with your 5770?


That is being sold with the old system and I'll be purchasing an new card once it sells.
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November 1, 2012 2:41:12 PM

ibjeepr said:
That is being sold with the old system and I'll be purchasing an new card once it sells.


Ah ok then :) 
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November 1, 2012 2:43:31 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Well i think you should get what's in your budget and not worry about rather or not one is better between the two sense you can't afford the one anyway besides the Acer is a solid choice and i honestly don't believe you would regret buying it :D 


Thank you for all your posts, I appreciate the help.

It's not a matter of buying the BenQ instead, it's a matter of if the Acer is crap or so inferior to the Next most expensive monitor then I simply wouldn't buy anything at this time and wait for prices to come down or save more money for awhile.
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November 1, 2012 2:43:45 PM

ibjeepr said:
That is being sold with the old system and I'll be purchasing an new card once it sells.
Good because you need a 670/680 or 7970 otherwise i wouldn't recommend this that of monitor
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November 1, 2012 2:46:35 PM

ibjeepr said:
Thank you for all your posts, I appreciate the help.

It's not a matter of buying the BenQ instead, it's a matter of if the Acer is crap or so inferior to the Next most expensive monitor then I simply wouldn't buy anything at this time and wait for prices to come down or save more money for awhile.
Well the Acer is not crap far from it
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November 1, 2012 2:47:25 PM

ibjeepr said:
That is being sold with the old system and I'll be purchasing an new card once it sells.

If you have any inclination to use 3D, you will likely want a new Nvidia card, rather than AMD. That monitor is 3D Vision ready.
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November 1, 2012 2:49:14 PM

ibjeepr said:
Thank you for all your posts, I appreciate the help.

It's not a matter of buying the BenQ instead, it's a matter of if the Acer is crap or so inferior to the Next most expensive monitor then I simply wouldn't buy anything at this time and wait for prices to come down or save more money for awhile.

Acer has had a bad rap from the past, but their new monitors have definitely improved a lot. I think that monitor is so cheap because it's their old tech, and the new 3D Vision 2 monitors that are out are killing selling value.
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November 1, 2012 2:50:37 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Well the Acer is not crap far from it


Thats good to hear, the Acer name scares me. Do you know if it has an anti glare screen? That is one thing I don't like.
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November 1, 2012 10:20:48 PM

Best answer selected by ibjeepr.
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