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Looking for a good budget gaming monitor

Last response: in Computer Peripherals
March 27, 2010 4:48:38 PM


I'm looking for a gaming monitor that's 22 inch or bigger. I have a cheap 22" now and never noticed anything on it that would make me want to have a better one. So is a better one worth it? But I'm doing a complete system overhaul so a new screen is neccessary. I myself have no knowledge of screens and monitors so I hop you guys could maybe tell me a good gaming monitor for a relatively low price.

Any help would be appreciated :D 
March 29, 2010 4:25:31 AM

For $120-200; aoc 2236vw 22" display for 200-250$; aoc 2436vw or benq e400hd ,i could give more if u could pls tell ur budget
March 29, 2010 7:32:32 AM

I am also in the market for a new monitor since my Lenovo L220X went belly up. My requirements are:

1. WUXGA (1920 x 1200) or better
2. 2ms response preferred but 5ms is tolerable
3. Color accuracy
4. 50K:1 contrast minimum
5. $500 price range

Any recommendation?

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March 29, 2010 7:48:05 AM

@Pokey42 bro u should not look for a monitor at such high contrast ratio(CR) as it is not accurate ,to know the exact CR use spyder 3 elite it will show the exact CR
March 29, 2010 7:50:39 AM


Thanks a bunch. I may be way off. I'll definitely look into Spyder 3 Elite. Will it also give me the true gamut range of the monitor?

March 29, 2010 8:22:33 AM

Dont know about that ,still @ ur budget there is one awesome display i.e Nec ea241wm @ 1920x1200 ,5 ms,but 2000:1 cr still respectable as it is some what true CR
March 29, 2010 1:42:47 PM

AOC F22 22" is also cheap.........
March 29, 2010 3:14:26 PM

well I'm looking for either a three screen setup or a 3d setup. My budget for the 3 screen setup is around 150-200$ per screen and around 300-350$ for the 3d screen.
March 30, 2010 6:10:08 AM


I'll certainly look into the NEC ea241wm. But I might just get a lower end model to tie me over for the RGBLEDs coming out. The specs on the gamut range for those units are just RIDICULOUS but there might be bleed issues. *sigh* Ugh, so many options ... so many choices to make.
March 30, 2010 6:23:38 AM


What exactly are you using the system for? A three screen setup and a 3d monitor serves significantly different needs.

A three screen setup would work best for flight/driving simulation. There aren't a whole lot of 3d games out there right now so you'll have a set-up that is just waiting for more games that might or might not emerge.

It might serve you better if you use a two screen setup with one unit at WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution that is your primary gaming display with a second UXGA (1600x1200) monitor for your auxiliary display. That way you can spend more money on your primary display giving you significantly better performance than any $150 - 200 display.

It's just a thought
March 30, 2010 2:50:13 PM

I thought you could play almost any game with 3d vision or so Nvidia claims anyways.
a b 4 Gaming
a c 195 C Monitor
March 30, 2010 3:33:55 PM

pokey42 said:

I'll certainly look into the NEC ea241wm. But I might just get a lower end model to tie me over for the RGBLEDs coming out.

Don't expect RGBLED to be inexpensive, because there is a lot of additional costs related to that technology over just using regular white LED backlight. Example, all current consumer level LED LCD monitors uses edge backlighting. That means the LED lights are on the edge of the monitor directing light towards the center of the screen (i.e. sideways) to an amorphous material which projects the light outward towards the viewer(s).

For RGBLED to be truly effective you need a full array of them for backlight. Meaning the backlight emits light directly towards the viewer similar to florescent backlight.
March 31, 2010 3:43:10 AM


I don't expect it to be inexpensive either. I was just commenting that I might get a cheap gaming monitor right now and wait for RGBLED monitors to become available.


I realize what they say but a true 3D experience requires the game to be made for 3D. Also, there have been reports of headaches from people who try to use the current 3D setup due to the flickering.

March 31, 2010 4:56:09 AM

yeah that's the reason I'm probably just going to buy a large screen because 3d is tiring. even in the inema I couldn't really enjoy avator because of the 3d.
March 31, 2010 11:50:03 AM

Can anyone reccomend a good 24 or 26 inch monitor for 250-300dollars?