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Looking For A Monitor Under $200-250

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February 27, 2013 3:25:55 PM

Background Info
I'm going to be buying my very first computer monitor sometime in the next two weeks, and I'd like to hear your suggestions because, frankly, I don't know the first thing about computers or monitors and this is kind of a big deal. So my budget is $200-250. Obviously, I'd like to keep under budget, but if fifty bucks is going to greatly enhance my experience, fine, that's cool too. This monitor has to last me 3-4 years, not life. I plan on upgrading in the future. I just need something to get by on while I attend college for Animation. I'm most concerned with response time and colour and image quality.

Sure, bigger is better, but I'd be comfortable with a 23". I'm used to 1920x1080 by now. I don't think my budget will cover anything larger than 23.6" including all of my specifications.

I would prefer it if the colour weren't over-saturated or anything but I'm not going to nit-pick because I don't have very many options.

I am well aware that IPS is better than TN, but aren't most of Asus' $200-250 2ms monitors TN? I haven't been able to find a nice IPS model at my price point with a response time lower than 5. Do you think I could play Mass Effect 3 on high or better settings with a 5ms response time? It's my first time not only buying a monitor but also PC gaming. Blah.

I do NOT have a PC built yet. I'm purchasing the monitor ahead of time.... I'm actually "building" my PC this summer, before I move into my dorm. I'm going to get a sweet graphics card so it should be able to handle a powerful monitor.

NOTE: I don't know if it matters, but I am NOT going to be playing any fast-paced first person shooters like Battlefield, COD, blah, blah, blah. I prefer to play role playing games like Mass Effect 3 (almost exclusively online multiplayer) and Skyrim. I may or may not try MMOs. I don't know if 2ms response time is necessary....

Summary
Budget: $200-250
Purpose: Graphic Design, Animation, Gaming
Programs: Photoshop, Softimage, Maya
Games: Mass Effect 3, Skyrim
Size: 23" or above
Response Time: Lower the better
TN or IPS: I don't know?
Preferred retailers: NCIX, Newegg

Considering
Asus VS239H-P
(@ Newegg)
- IPS
- LED
- 23"
- 5ms

More about : monitor 200 250

March 7, 2013 11:48:46 PM

Samus Aran said:
Background Info
I'm going to be buying my very first computer monitor sometime in the next two weeks, and I'd like to hear your suggestions because, frankly, I don't know the first thing about computers or monitors and this is kind of a big deal. So my budget is $200-250. Obviously, I'd like to keep under budget, but if fifty bucks is going to greatly enhance my experience, fine, that's cool too. This monitor has to last me 3-4 years, not life. I plan on upgrading in the future. I just need something to get by on while I attend college for Animation. I'm most concerned with response time and colour and image quality.

Sure, bigger is better, but I'd be comfortable with a 23". I'm used to 1920x1080 by now. I don't think my budget will cover anything larger than 23.6" including all of my specifications.

I would prefer it if the colour weren't over-saturated or anything but I'm not going to nit-pick because I don't have very many options.

I am well aware that IPS is better than TN, but aren't most of Asus' $200-250 2ms monitors TN? I haven't been able to find a nice IPS model at my price point with a response time lower than 5. Do you think I could play Mass Effect 3 on high or better settings with a 5ms response time? It's my first time not only buying a monitor but also PC gaming. Blah.

I do NOT have a PC built yet. I'm purchasing the monitor ahead of time.... I'm actually "building" my PC this summer, before I move into my dorm. I'm going to get a sweet graphics card so it should be able to handle a powerful monitor.

NOTE: I don't know if it matters, but I am NOT going to be playing any fast-paced first person shooters like Battlefield, COD, blah, blah, blah. I prefer to play role playing games like Mass Effect 3 (almost exclusively online multiplayer) and Skyrim. I may or may not try MMOs. I don't know if 2ms response time is necessary....

Summary
Budget: $200-250
Purpose: Graphic Design, Animation, Gaming
Programs: Photoshop, Softimage, Maya
Games: Mass Effect 3, Skyrim
Size: 23" or above
Response Time: Lower the better
TN or IPS: I don't know?
Preferred retailers: NCIX, Newegg

Considering
Asus VS239H-P
(@ Newegg)
- IPS
- LED
- 23"
- 5ms


Here you go: http://usa.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VH236H/
Do not even Question it.. This monitor is beyond beautiful. I own 3 myself: http://imgur.com/7xS3aB4
This used to be the monitor that MLG used for its LAN tournaments due to its solid 1920x1080 and its 2ms Response Time. This monitor is perfect for gaming and is perfect for everyday use. 60Hz Refresh Rate will be plenty smooth for all Softwares you are trying to use. Not to mention this is soooo cheap for what it offers!
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March 8, 2013 3:48:35 PM

Praze, just because its MLG sanctioned, does not mean it is the best offered.

The VS will offer a much better viewing experience than the VH because of its panel tech (IPS). If you don't mind spending a little more, here is another quality panel that will offer a much nicer stand and has a very low input lag.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2312HM-IPS-Monit...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2312hm.htm

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/images/dell_u2312hm/input_l...

Before you settle on a panel, try and find some reviews on it to try and get a better idea of how it actually performs rather than numbers on a spreadsheet.
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March 8, 2013 8:33:21 PM

bullwinkel said:
Praze, just because its MLG sanctioned, does not mean it is the best offered.

The VS will offer a much better viewing experience than the VH because of its panel tech (IPS). If you don't mind spending a little more, here is another quality panel that will offer a much nicer stand and has a very low input lag.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2312HM-IPS-Monit...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2312hm.htm

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/images/dell_u2312hm/input_l...

Before you settle on a panel, try and find some reviews on it to try and get a better idea of how it actually performs rather than numbers on a spreadsheet.


Did i ever say it was the beast? No... I just said i swear by it.
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