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Best Value Monitor <$200 for HD 7870 GFX Card

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August 23, 2012 12:53:34 AM

Hello all,

I'm stuck trying to pick what best price/value LCD monitor I can get for under $200 to be used with my new Radeon HD 7870 graphics card. Mainly used to shine on gaming/get the most out of my new card, then movies, then coding. (My build post.)

Must have:
- Best reliability/warranty
- LED-backlighting (for lower power consumption, less eyestrain)
- Full HD 1920x1080 (I don't want 1920x1200--it's uncommon and don't want to lose horizontal view on games/black bars on movies; don't mind losing vertical view for coding/browsing.)
- Sharpest/most realistic image I can get out of the monitor (for example, the most PPI, contrast, etc. like in an iPhone 4/S screen.)
- 20 inch and above.

Almost must have:
- Acceptable input lag/response time for competitive FPS (under 8ms GTG?).
- IPS Panel for better viewing angles (but if there's a TN panel with much more better value, then TN will be fine).
- At least includes 1 DVI or HDMI cable to plug into the GFX card.

Great to have:
- Glossy finish for sharper/less-dull image?
- Bigger, the better (23-24 inch+?)
- High refresh rate, but minimum 60Hz for 60FPS?
- Lowest power consumption.

Neutral/don't need:
- Built-in speakers.
- Don't care about outer looks and at least should be able to stay still with the provided/expected stand (little wobbly is fine).

Basically, most important things I'm looking for in the monitor are to get the best eye candy for the best price AND best reliability/warranty; functions 2nd; outer aesthetics last.

Monitors I looked at:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 23.6" Monitor ($187.95 @ Mac Connection)

Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($195.99 @ Amazon)

Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Asus ML228H 21.5" Monitor ($144.98 @ NCIX US)

Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)

Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($179.14 @ B&H)

Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($152.63 @ Amazon)

Dell S2230MX 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)

Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)

ASUS VS239H-P Black 23" 5ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1, IPS Panel ($189.99 @ Newegg)



... Also is newegg reliable enough to buy monitors from? Other online store alternatives? How about provantage.com? If bestbuy has low prices, I'd get it from there, physically, as it's close.

Thanks in advance.

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August 23, 2012 1:45:32 AM

If you're looking to increase PPI then you want a smaller monitor at 1080p.

Of the monitors you listed, I would go with the VS229H-P or the VS239H-P.
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2012 3:32:45 AM

VS239H-P. Whenever possible, go IPS. Better color quality, better viewing angles, less banding.
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August 23, 2012 5:36:25 AM

Best answer selected by p5p.
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August 23, 2012 5:38:26 AM

Alright, VS239H-P it is. Thanks for the affirmation, guys!
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