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January 15, 2013 4:25:19 AM

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.

My rig specs:
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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.25 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.25 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($178.43 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($426.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-OSMIUM Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1621.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 01:23 EST-0500)

Thank you for any and all help!

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January 15, 2013 5:08:11 AM

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.
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January 15, 2013 6:49:08 AM

ManofChalk do you agree with the first posters bargain choice?

also what is a TN panel and what does IPS stand for?
January 15, 2013 6:51:24 AM

btw preferably id like to stay under 200. But I don't want to buy a monitor that makes a joke of my graphics card ya know?

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January 15, 2013 7:14:51 AM
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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.

Given your budget, I would get this monitor. Its a 23" IPS panel at a decent price.
ASUS VS239H-P Black 23". $190 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

The other monitor, eh.
Dont see why a TN monitor of that size would be going for that much. TN panel monitors among good brands (Benq, ASUS, Viewsonic) are all pretty much the same image quality wise.
January 15, 2013 12:19:44 PM

For gaming, is that larger response time visible with a IPS? I read somewhere else IPS is best for graphics work not gaming. Btw I didn't mention in my OP that I would be using it for gaming sorry.
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January 15, 2013 12:24:40 PM

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.
January 15, 2013 4:31:47 PM

Best answer selected by razzamatazz111.
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