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July 23, 2013 3:16:31 AM


For the past few weeks I've been looking for parts for my first PC build, most of them are picked/bought, but I still haven't decided on a mid-tower case. I'm looking for the usual things, good air flow/cable management, USB 3.0 ports in the front, preferably 3 fans included.

I like the HAF XM, though it's kind of over my planned budget. I've looked at other recommended cases (Phantom 410, Carbide 400R, Antec 900, and some others) but they're either out of stock or over the HAF XM's price (around $150 in my country). Should I just go for the XM or try something a bit cheaper?

About the monitor, I'm looking for something in the 21-23 inches range, Full HD (using it for gaming as well as movies and the usual things), I see Samsung gets recommended a lot, Asus, Dell, sometimes Acer.

I have the following options:

Samsung S22B370B - $180
Samsung S22B300H - $190
Samsung S23B300HS - $210
Asus VE228DE - $145
Asus VH228D - $135
Dell E2213H - $180
Dell E2313H - $200

I don't necessarily want to go for an IPS monitor, because I'm afraid of getting one with bad backlight bleeding, but I'd have the following options:

Acer H226HQLBMID - $180
Dell U2312HM - $215

I'm tempted to go for one of the Samsung models, but any other suggestions are appreciated, I'll try to find them in my country.

Thank you!

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a b C Monitor
July 23, 2013 9:23:06 AM

Good day to you!

Looking at your monitors, I thought my experience might help

I am using the Dell U2410. This is the 'cousin' of the 23" U2312 that you are considering. Mine is an IPS panel like the 2312, and I have had no problems with backlight bleeding. I have the forrunner to this monitor (2407 WFP-HC) on my other PC; that's a TN screen, and the 2410 IPS is a quite an improvement over it.
You didn't tell us where you live, but Newegg has the 2312 on sale for $230, if you can find it for $215 I would go for it.

Hopefully others will respond to your post. I haven't shopped monitors for quite some time, so have no first-hand experience with other brands.
Hope this helps. I don't think you would be disappointed with the Dell.

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July 23, 2013 1:00:06 PM

Hey guys, thanks for your input!

I'm from Romania, prices here are quite high compared to newegg for example, I'm surprised to see that the Dell U2312H is $15 cheaper here, but that's because it has a $25 discount at the moment. Prices for PC parts can be much more higher here.

That BenQ is decently priced over here and seems to have good reviews, though I didn't really want to go over 23", I'm going to be standing one or two feet in front of the monitor, so I don't want to turn my head when looking from one side to the other. Even 23" might be too big, what do you guys think?

I've looked at the 300R before, seems ok, just don't really like the looks of it. I know looks are not a feature, but since the case is supposed to get me through more than one build, I want something that's going to look good at least in my eyes. The 400R is just above the HAF XM in price, would've gone for that one if it were under.
a b C Monitor
July 23, 2013 1:26:25 PM

I know what you mean with not wanting to get a big monitor but I am about 3 foot away from my 24" monitor and now I want a 27", you adapt to the size easily and the BenQ is a very very good monitor.
July 24, 2013 12:25:09 AM

I guess I'll go to a store to see first hand how big 23-24 inches really is. Check out that Dell U2312 as well.