i'm looking for a 19" lcd monitor for gaming. i don't want to spend more than $200 on it, the less the better. i have figured out that the optimal native resolution is 1280x1024 (correct me if i'm wrong) as it it widely supported by many games. i have a 7900 GT video card, i think it can support this resolution... right?
anyways, the best prices for lcd's i have found to be on tigerdirect.com, although rebates are involved all to often . here are my top picks:
Acer AL1906AB / 19" / 8ms / 500:1 / SXGA 1280 x 1024 / Black / LCD Monitor - $150
Hyundai N91S / 19" / 8ms / SXGA 1280 x 1024 / LCD Monitor with eTrust ISS 2006 Bundle - $140
Viewsonic VA1912wb / 19" / 8ms / WXGA+ 1440 x 900 / DVI / Black / LCD Monitor - $170, but widescreen... is that a good idea?
Hanns·G HW191D / 19" / 5ms / 700:1 / WXGA 1440 x 900 / DVI / Widescreen LCD Monitor - $200, again.. widescreen and $30 more than the one above
Hanns·G HN199D / 19" / 8ms / 600:1 / SXGA 1280 x 1024 / Black / DVI / LCD Monitor with eTrust ISS 2006 Bundle- $130 - seems to be the cheapest 19" lcd anywhere
I'd stay away from widescreen native resolution for games for now. The only brands I recognize are Acer and Viewsonic out of the ones you picked out.
Keep in mind, a monitor lasts through many rig replacements/lifetimes as opposed to your video card or processor. I just think you should spend a little bit extra for a gaming monitor since you said gaming.
it has a response time of 8ms (which should be good enough for gaming, right?), a higher contrast ratio (700:1 vs 650:1), and a higher brightness (300 cd/m2 vs. 270). the only worse thing besides the MS is that it uses an analog connection.
and - its only $170 after the rebates. :!:
thanks for the advice. anything else you can add? maybe you could explain to me just how bad it is to switch to a non-native resolution. does something always suffer? either the text is unreadable or the picture is ugly? is it better to go from a lower to a higher resolution (1280 x 1024 to 1440 x 900) vice versa?
I think it varies. It distorts the image and makes text super hard to read.
Last year on my dorm floor, this freshmen bought a Viewsonic 26" LCD monitor/tv but plugged in his Geforce 4 or Mx440 or some crappy video card, and the resolution and images were horrible. We all made fun of him because of that.
Since I game so much, 1280x1024 is a great res for me. I don't need or want super high resolutions.
Just try to operate in your LCD's native res as much as possible.