so, i'm a casual gamer. weekends only. got a GTX760. looking for a monitor to use for gaming (my other screens are tied to my work machine). i was thinking of using the TV, but i can only connect using HDMI which is a no-go (too many forced settings that i can't get around)
anyhoo, on a budget in Canada. 1080p max (could take 720p but seems a bit archaic)
i'm not sure if it makes more sense to buy a smaller (24" or so) monitor with a high refresh rate of 144Hz or 120Hz, or if a larger screen in the 27"-plus range that only does 60Hz to 85Hz would be better. at the large size, i could almost consider a TV but only if it has a VGA input to bypass the HDMI crap.
I will ONLY buy locally from click here: Canada Computers or Best Buy / Future Shop (CANADA) because for something this size, i don't want to pay for shipping and it's way easier to exchange it if something isn't right. and sometimes, i can see a display model to help make the final go / no-go decision.
my budget is $1. yup, as cheap as possible. no joke. if i say my budget is $250, people will recommend i spend $249.99 ignoring taxes and possibly shipping and the fact that there might be something just as suitable for $179.95
so, which way should i go? small & fast, or large & slow? large & fast would be idea, but i can't justify that level of expense for "just gaming".
and if i do go for the slower type, is there a big difference between 60Hz and 85Hz or do most games not support that rate?
casual you got me there already. i'd suggest a 1080p 24' 60Hz. why? well mainly because, the 760 won't get anywhere near the 144 fps unless you play games like cs:go or tf2 and even than you probably won't even notice the difference between 144Hz and 60Hz. really only enthousiast are looking for a 144Hz monitor, but those guys got sli'd/cf's setups with a lot of juice. why 24'? well imo it's more than enough if you're sitting like 1-2m away (regular desktop setup space). i currently have a 24' 60Hz 1080p monitor, so call me biased but i've looked at the better ones and to me it isn't worth the small improvement.