So when I get my PC all built I'd like to use a monitor that can use it's full abilities. I'll be running a single GTX 670 and I think it's a bit overkill to run it on a 32" Coby LED with a max resolution of 1360x768 so it's time to upgrade.
After browsing for a bit I came across two good options.
The first is an Asus model with an average rating of 5 eggs on Newegg after almost 2000 reviews.
An IPS monitor for $190? Sweet. 9.2mm? I'm impressed. Soft touch controls? Sure. Stand that doubles as wall mount? You betcha.
Now I really like this AOC monitor, but I can't find many reviews on it. The one's I have seen though make it sound like a badass piece of hardware, and also damn pretty in regards to gaming (which is the main thing I will be doing)
The response time for the AOC is 5ms. Which compared to the Asus's 2ms isn't good, but understand my LED TV I'm using now has an 8ms response so even a drop to 5 is pretty awesome.
So what should I do? Give the Asus juggernaut a place on my desk? Or give the underdogs at AOC a go? I'm leaning towards AOC but I figure I'd let you fellows chime in.
The second review mentions some blurring with fast motions, but you'd probably get used to it in a week if you aren't two picky. Out of those two monitors I would select a the AOC monitor. Keep in mind most of these cheaper IPS monitors are actually e-IPS monitors. Your average consumer will most likely not notice the difference though, as it still looks a lot better compared to TN panels.
A quick amazon search pulled up two e-IPS monitors in that price range, Viewsonic VX2336S and LG IPS226V-PN. If you're interested in using IPS monitors, I'd be sure to look up some more info on these monitors as well before picking the AOC. Hope this helped.
It does actually help thanks, but now I have to sit and think on it awhile before I can make a decision. I mean with IPS I get fantastic color display, the angle viewing I don't so much care about really. In that review they said the response was closer to 15 to 20 ms. How adversely would that affect my gaming? I wouldn't say I'm a super hardcore lag hating gaming fanatic but I enjoy Battlefield 3 quite a bit, as well as Skyrim and Just Cause 2, etc. Is the better contrast worth the higher response time? I've never really had a higher end display so even a nice TN monitor to me would be a large upgrade.
The 15ms of lag mentioned in the Anandtech article is input lag, which is separate from the response time: input lag is usually measured as the delay between when a CRT updates the image and when the LCD under test starts updating the image; response time is the time an LCD takes between starting to update and reaching the target color, but I've never seen manufacturers give details of how they measured this, such as how many shades of gray they used, or whether they took the average or the minimum, so the manufacturer quoted response time is not useful for comparison between monitors. Have a look at the 3d graphs of response time in monitor reviews at X-bit labs to get an idea how much the response time can vary depending on the starting and ending shades. Unfortunately, I can't find a review of the Asus VH242H that actually measures the input lag, so I can't give you a number for comparison on that.