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$150 23" Monitor for all-purpose/gaming usage! (: Help, please.

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September 29, 2012 2:46:08 PM

Hey! I'm looking for a good $130-$150 22"-25" (23" ideally) monitor for my new build that I will be getting relatively soon. I already have one idea, as well as some questions and I would appreciate if you read and/or answered them for me. Thank you. (:

My idea: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)

Usage from greatest to least: Chrome web-browsing, YouTube, Gaming, Office applications, watching movies & shows, Photoshop, etc.

Questions

1) Is my pick 100% fine for what I would like to use it for?

2) What are your suggestions?

3) What does one look for in a monitor?

3a) For gaming?

3b) For photo-editing (Photoshop)?

3c) For all-purpose?

4) Is there any compelling reason that I should bring up my budget?

Thank you so much for answering any of these questions, and have a great day!

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My build (WIP)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.39 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $642.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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September 29, 2012 8:26:49 PM

1) Is my pick 100% fine for what I would like to use it for?

Mostly.

2) What are your suggestions?

If your going to do a lot of things that require a color-accurate monitor, this isn't it.

3) What does one look for in a monitor?


3a) For gaming?

TN panel and input lag.

3b) For photo-editing (Photoshop)?

Color accuracy, wide gamut, and color profiles.

3c) For all-purpose?

Reliable, inexpensive, LED-lit

4) Is there any compelling reason that I should bring up my budget?

Depends on what your primary use is. Photoshop will not like the monitor you have currently selected, it thinks the color profile is wrong.
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September 29, 2012 9:07:49 PM

sk1939 said:
1) Is my pick 100% fine for what I would like to use it for?

Mostly.

2) What are your suggestions?

If your going to do a lot of things that require a color-accurate monitor, this isn't it.

3) What does one look for in a monitor?


3a) For gaming?

TN panel and input lag.

3b) For photo-editing (Photoshop)?

Color accuracy, wide gamut, and color profiles.

3c) For all-purpose?

Reliable, inexpensive, LED-lit

4) Is there any compelling reason that I should bring up my budget?

Depends on what your primary use is. Photoshop will not like the monitor you have currently selected, it thinks the color profile is wrong.


Do you have any other monitors in mind? Photoshop will not be my primary use, not even close, but I would still like it to function nicely... I have been using an outdated eMachines monitor for photoshop. Four years old at least. Do you think that the monitor I picked will be better than that for photoshop? Is there any way to make it think the color profile is right?

Current monitor: eMachines E19T6W 19" Monitor
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September 29, 2012 10:13:01 PM

Without knowing your budget I can't say for sure.

Well I have the monitor your looking at, although I paid more for at the time. As far as color profiles go, you could make a custom profile for it, but for the most part it's minor.
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September 29, 2012 10:37:42 PM

sk1939 said:
Without knowing your budget I can't say for sure.

Well I have the monitor your looking at, although I paid more for at the time. As far as color profiles go, you could make a custom profile for it, but for the most part it's minor.


Budget is around $140, give or take $10 (give $20 - only if it's REALLY worth it).

Thanks for your help.
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September 30, 2012 12:09:43 AM

sk1939 said:
This would give you a better picture, but it's $30 above budget, and 3" smaller than your current display: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This would also be a step up, but it's again $100 over budget: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A wide-gamut monitor (large color range) would set you back $450 at least.


Thanks! I appreciate all of the help and knowledge that you've given. I think I'll just stick to the monitor I have picked. If there's problems with the colors/picture, you said that I could make a custom profile, so if it comes to that, I will. Have a wonderful evening.
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September 30, 2012 12:10:01 AM

Best answer selected by HigginsHere.
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