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Advice on a Gaming Monitor?

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September 6, 2010 1:14:26 AM

Hey everyone, so I'm building a new gaming PC (have the rest of the hardware essentially picked out) and just need a monitor. Now I know absolutely NOTHING about monitors. Right now I'm on a Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support and it absolutely SUCKS. Only goes up to 1650x1080, no hdmi port...its just bad.

I'm looking for a monitor preferrably 24 inches, with 2ms response time, and has an hdmi port. I have no clue how contrast ratio or any of that works, so I hope you guys can point me in the right direction :) 

Here's my specs:

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 ATX Intel Motherboard B151
Processor: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Video Card: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5970 2 GB HD-597A-CNB9
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD
RAM: 8GB DDR3 Corsair RAM
PSU: ABS SL series SL1050 1050W Continuous @50°C ,80 PLUS SILVER Certified (Probably doesnt matter)

Also have some coolers and what not, but didn't think that would affect monitor choice :p 

I really appreciate the help! Also any advice you can give me on my specs before I hit the "purchase" button would be nice :) 

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September 6, 2010 3:57:28 AM

Hmm thanks, looks good (and great price) but has a 5ms response time, don't think that's good for gaming.
September 6, 2010 5:10:27 AM

How's this monitor look?

Also I see for Contrast Ratio it says "ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1)"

What does that mean? I'm assuming it means something like native 1000:1 and software emulates 20000:1 or that bad? I mean 1000:1 seems very low.

Thanks as always

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September 6, 2010 5:48:48 AM

The Asus monitor you found seems excellent. ASCR 20000:1 essentially means that in comparison to say, a 1000:1, the screen brightness will be able to change 20x more.
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September 6, 2010 2:25:15 PM

SoulVision said:
How's this monitor look?

I have it's "sister" the Asus VK246H. The only difference is the VK has a built-in webcam. I bought it to basically monitor some processes on my HTPC, but it turns out to be a pretty good gaming monitor. See my long and detailed review from Dec. 2008 / Jan. 2009. I explain a lot of things like your contrast ratio question...
September 7, 2010 12:57:52 AM

I've seen lots of comments of many different monitors, and the one that wins the match is this one:


As you can see, the monitor has a nice look, and its features are great for the price, is a perfect monitor for gaming and is only 1 inch below your desired size, I don't think that would make a difference.

Check the price and some of the comments here (you'll not be disappointed):

I don't own this monitor right now, but a friend of mine does... and it's just great, style look awesome, quality is amazing, led buttons on the front are very cool, and besides that, the monitor is super thin. In fact, I'm planning of buying 2 of these monitors for Christmas, and make then dual, cause I really really like it, besides, look at the price, is unbelievable, a 23" monitor with those characteristics for less than $200?.

If you're not sure about this monitor, do some research, and read some reviews on too (it has 5 stars with 192 reviews!):

Another option that you have is the Samsung PX2370 (if you want to spend $100 more):

And... this samsung has less contrast ratio than the ASUS.

Hope this helps...
Nice day.
September 16, 2010 3:11:10 AM

Samsung P2450H