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Recommend me a 16:9 gaming monitor ~$300 <1920?

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November 17, 2010 4:13:58 PM

I'm trying to pick out a new gaming monitor. I want something in 16:9, with a really nice picture and good, vivid colors, and no serious ghosting problems. I'm expecting to pay around $300, but that's flexible.

The problem I'm having is that I do not want to have a really high resolution, because I don't want to take the framerate hit associated with it. Fps is a lot more valuable to me than extra pixels, so a more modest resolution is better for my purposes. 1600x900 would be ideal, although that's a rare resolution. I'm finding it hard to find good monitor suggestions, since most reviewers consider 1920x1080 to be a huge plus.

Can anyone point me towards a monitor that fits what I'm looking for? Your help is appreciated!

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November 18, 2010 4:15:40 PM

Try a Dell U2311H, its 1920x1080, e-IPS panel.
The Dell U2211H is also 1920x1080 and also a e-IPS panel.

Honestly if your computer can't handle 1920x1080, you can simply run the game at 1600x900 if you want and it would look no different than outright getting a lower resolution monitor.

This also leaves you with way more pixel count for desktop usage and 1080P movies.
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November 19, 2010 4:53:09 AM

rofl_my_waffle said:
Honestly if your computer can't handle 1920x1080, you can simply run the game at 1600x900 if you want and it would look no different than outright getting a lower resolution monitor.


That's just not true. LCDs look blurry at non-native resolutions.
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November 19, 2010 1:15:57 PM

SRK said:
That's just not true. LCDs look blurry at non-native resolutions.

Not if you set 1:1 scaling from you driver's control panel (nVidia Control Panel, AMD/ATI Catalyst Control Center).
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November 19, 2010 1:54:40 PM

Horhe said:
Not if you set 1:1 scaling from you driver's control panel (nVidia Control Panel, AMD/ATI Catalyst Control Center).


I'm looking at a down-resolution screen right now. It's extremely obvious that it is not at its native resolution with fixed-aspect scaling selected in the nvidia control panel. The only scaling option that is not blurry is non-scaling, with black bars around the border. That is not an acceptable solution to my monitor problem, because it leaves much of the screen space going to waste. I am not going to buy a monitor for the purpose of not using a large portion of it.
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