Is it worth upgrading my 2007 monitor to a new, HD monitor?


My monitor is getting up there in age. Sometimes the backlight seems to hurt my eyes, but that is probably just because my room is a bit dark. It's in alright condition. The screen looks brand new, minus a tiny little scuff, and the black paint on the base is a bit scratched up along with the black trim around the screen.

The quality is good, however, I don't have many monitors to compare it too. It's rather thick and heavy, but it still produces decent picture.

I noticed some games I play have black bars on the top and bottom since they only support HD. It does get a little bit annoying and makes you feel a bit outdated.

I guess my question is: Is the upgrade worth it just for an extra 1.5 inch and HD resolution? Would you recommend that new monitor?

I just don't want to waste money on an upgrade that may not even feel much different at all.

Current Specs: GTX 560Ti i5 2500k 3.3ghz (3.7 turbo) ^ all that's important
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  1. I never had a 1680 x 1050 resolution monitor. I went from 1280 x 1024 to 1920 x 1200. The slightly higher resolution should add in a little more detail in games, but at the cost of performance; the higher the resolution, the lower the frame rates.

    I can tell you that if you tend to have a lot of windows open to do multitasking, then the increase in desktop space (resolution) is a big plus.

    Personally, I prefer a 1920x1200 monitor as opposed to a 1920x1080 monitor, but that's just me. I have a 1920x1080 monitor that I plan on getting rid of later 'cause I find that a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor to be a bit weird, I prefer 16:10.

    I generally do not like Acer monitors. They have a reputation for looking, feeling and being cheap. For an inexpensive monitor of similar price to the Acer I recommend one of the following Asus monitors who are generally known of good quality monitors at a reasonable price.|24-236-052^24-236-052-TS%2C24-236-102^24-236-102-TS%2C24-236-049^24-236-049-03%23

    I included the Asus VW246H since it is the "sister" monitor of the VK246H which I have. The "VK" has a built-in webcam which is the only difference.
  2. What Jaguar said... get a Dell or an ASUS. I have the VE228H (The smaller version of the VE248H Jaguar linked) and really enjoy it.

    It doesn't have any backlight bleed and the color of the panel, from what I can tell, is uniform. Also, I have had no problems using it for games like BF3 if that's what you're interested in.
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