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Choosing a Monitor?

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July 23, 2012 7:54:02 AM

Hi Guys,

I am in need of some serious help. I'm in the process of building a high-end gaming system, but I know little to nothing about what to look for in a monitor. I want something that will make the most of my set-up. I currently have a very generic 22" monitor I bought quite some time ago. It does have 1080p Full HD support, however with the constantly changing technological world I feel that this simply won't 'get along' with my new system.

Here are the specs so far:

Intel Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz CPU, Turbo Boost 3.9GHz
nVidia GeForce GTX670 2GB X 2 (Dual)
Dual Channel 16gb DDR3 RAM (1600 Mhz)
120GB SATA 3 SSD +
3.5" 1TB / 1000GB SATA III 7200rpm HDD
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I don't know a great deal about computers, so any advice and input onto the system would also be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much.

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July 23, 2012 8:49:43 AM

monitors tend to be the slowest part of a computer system to be outdated, but what sort of response time does your exhisting monitor have? and what is its maximum resolution as these are the 2 factors i would base the choice on?
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July 23, 2012 9:06:22 AM

I have never had any response issues with my current screen, and it's currently running 1920 x 1080.

http://www.viewsonic.com.au/products/lcd/VX2433wm.php?

This is my current monitor.

Will I be able to get the most out of my system with this monitor? I would hate to spend so much on a system only to be limited by something as silly as a monitor (;
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July 23, 2012 9:26:02 AM

Thats actually a very good monitor.You dont need to bother buying a new one.
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July 23, 2012 9:37:45 AM

Oh fantastic. Am I wasting the GPU's potential by only using one monitor though? Or does it not work that way? xD

:edit: Also, what about hertz? My monitor runs at 60Hz. Should I get a monitor that supports 120Hz? I've heard mixed opinions about them, and I'm not sure what's fact and what's opinion
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July 23, 2012 2:42:45 PM

ive found that 60 is fine, and i was running 2 monitors and went back to 1. i just didnt need the 2nd one. my recommendation is that if you have a use for it, go nuts, but you dont have to waste money on it.

also id be very happy with that monitor
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July 23, 2012 3:00:15 PM

Your monitor is very good.

If you want, you cn get a very cheap utility monitor and use it for stuff like CHAT/Browsing, etc.

E.G I use my main monitor for gaming and when I am waiting for something to happen ingame I am usualy on my 2nd monitor browsing ent, yotube, chatting on irc or just seeing who is speaking on ventrilo/teamspeak whilst I am in a group.

THe utility monitor doesnt need to be good and can be obtained dirt cheap, recommend that you get same size though, but u can even get smaller wont make much difference.
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July 23, 2012 4:17:50 PM

Like all the other members said here before me, that monitor is a good one.
You could go for a maybe a 3 monitor setup, to fully utilize both those 670s in SLi.
But it's all upto you. :) 
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July 23, 2012 5:10:21 PM

I will second what Gman said. Having two 670s in sli and running a single 1080p monitor is complete overkill. Even a single 670 running that resolution can be overkill for most uses. I would recommend getting a triple monitor setup to get the most out of your setup. You could also get a nice 1600p IPS monitor, however, they are not the best for gaming if you are worried about response time. Another option is to get a 120 hz monitor, but I have seen very mixed reviews as to whether it makes a difference or not. It really varies depending on the person I guess.

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July 23, 2012 8:16:52 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Graphics & Displays to section Computer Peripherals by Mousemonkey
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July 24, 2012 12:31:30 AM

First of all I'd like to thank everyone for their contribution and I appreciate your input on the matter.
@roadkill922
That's the answer I was after. I am really contemplating whether or not two GTX 670's in SLI will be a benefit to me running a single monitor. I may update to a secondary 24" monitor at some stage, however it won't be for gaming, and I don't think I'll be running 5670 x 1620 any time soon.
Thank you all for your help
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