I am building my first rig and need some help choosing a monitor. Any and all advice or specific product suggestions are appreciated. I would like two options, the absolute best I could buy for my system and the best bang for your buck budget monitor for my system.
Whats your budget for the monitor?
If its ~$150, then a 24" 1080p TN panel is the best you can get. All are fairly much identical so just go with a brand you trust, like the look its stand or whatever.
If you have more like $300, then you can pick between a 120hz or IPS monitor at 1080p. 120hz can display an FPS up to 120 and the IPS have much better colour reproduction and are better for workstation type rigs.
If you have $400, consider an Eyefinity/Surround setup with 3x1080p monitors.
If you have even more than that ($600 at minimum) then your in the realm of 2560x1440 IPS monitors.
A TN (Twisted Nematic) panel is what is used in your basic monitor, grab a monitor at random and chances are its a TN panel. They are fast and cheap.
An IPS (In Plane Switching) panel is different to a TN panel in that it has much better colour reproduction, the images will appear much more vivid and true to life when displayed on an IPS. It has better viewing angles than a TN panel, so you can look at it from more directions without it distorting. They can also be found in higher resolutions than TN. Because of these benefits they are often recommended on workstation rigs.
However they are more expensive and are slower than TN panels, typically having a 5-6ms response time to a TN's 2ms.
It can be used for gaming as well, only thing that you would notice from the lower response time is maybe more pronounced motion blur. I dont think it would be overly noticeable and the better colours would be worth it IMO.