> Anything higher resolution and your graphics card will cry.
Hm..that's news to me. After a bit of research I was actually aiming for one of Benq G2200HD, Samsung 2233SW or dell p2210. So is it that getting a 1080p display burn out my GPU?
> Dell 2209WA. Excellent image quality, solidly built, and only $260. It has an
> IPS panel, which is unheard of in that price range.
What exactly does differ between the IPS or the TN [twisted nematic I guess] panels? Though I normally do a lot of typing and reading, I'd really like a monitor on which I can enjoy movies with my family. Which panel would be good for that? Does that kind of panel come really expensive? If so, I guess I'm OK with a 21".
Thanks and looking forward to your suggestions, TIA.
The IPS has a much more consistent image across wide viewing angles, has higher color accuracy, and in general will look better. It's also more expensive to produce, and consumes a bit more power. They are typically $500 and up, but the Dell 2209WA is the exception, at $270. You can get it from the link that I posted above. It is the monitor that I would recommend above pretty much anything else for less than $400 or so.
As for the GPU comment, you won't burn out your GPU with too high of a resolution, but it may struggle. You probably would have to turn down your settings in order to get a good, playable experience. This will even be true at 1680x1050 in some of the more demanding games, but not to as great of a degree.