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Help Me Pick An LCD (Or Two)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sammo1999, 25 Jul 2006.

  1. sammo1999

    sammo1999 New Member

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    I'm thinking about buying two LCD's to replace the two 17" CRT monitors that I am using now. I do a fair ammount of gaming, along with 3D modeling and animation. I don't want to spend a lot of money, but I don't want to buy 2 LCD's and not use them because they suck and the CRT's were better.

    Im looking for:
    Under $200 Each (the cheaper the better, as long as its not crap)
    The larger the better but within price range
    Should I get widescreen? What are the Pro's and Cons of it?
    Is DVI better than D-sub? (I have 2 DVI ports on my Geforce 7900 GT that I use for dual monitors. I also have to adapors to use them with my CRT monitors.)
    Any name brands I should consider or avoid?

    Finally Should I upgrade or should I just stick with what I have? What I have works fine but I'm going to college in a month and Space will be limited, as will cash after I begin.

    Thanks for the help guys.
     
  2. hitman012

    hitman012 Active Member

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    I have a Samsung 710N and it's been very good - no noticable ghosting during games, good contrast and durable, too. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

    DVI monitors usually have a slightly crisper picture (although on a good analogue LCD this isn't really noticable) but, more importantly, have a higher resale value. If you can, it'd be advisable to get some DVI monitors over analogue ones.

    For under $200 there's no point in widescreen IMO...
     
  3. Hazardous

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    You'll be hard pushed to find a better 19" monitor for $200 than the Viewsonic VA912B :rock:
     
  4. sammo1999

    sammo1999 New Member

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    It's highly unlikely you need worry about either simply because of the slightly faster response times. 12ms is more than adequate - both for watching DVD's and for gaming ;)

    I'm more concerned with your choice of monitor now though? Is there a particular reason you're now considering a Hewlett Packard, over one of the far better known monitor brands - such as Viewsonic, Samsung, LG, BenQ, Acer etc :confused:

    I'm not suggesting there's anything wrong with HP monitors per se... but I certainly wouldn't have one sitting on my desk in preference over a screen from one or other of the monitor specialists I've mentioned above?
     
  6. lcdguy

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    at 12ms i wouldn't think so since my old 17" lcd was a 16ms panel and i didn't notice any ghosting. I think acer has some nice lcd's in that price range.
     
  7. Techno-Dann

    Techno-Dann Disgruntled kumquat

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    I got my Acer AL1716s for $200 each off Newegg... They're sweet. Bright enough to light up my room when they're turned up all the way. They've got both DVI and analog, so input isn't a problem, and they've got internal power supplies, so you don't need to have power bricks sitting around everywhere.
     
  8. sammo1999

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    hydro_electric_655 Dremelly Dude

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    On the Rosewill you might end up paying up to $250 once you actually buy it because it is on sale now and mail in rebates don't last forever. I woudl look for 5 stars on the newegg reviews.
     
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    I have no personal experience with the Rosewills but I know they aren't "tier 1" LCDs

    Off topc though... where in MN do you live?
     
  11. sammo1999

    sammo1999 New Member

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    I live in Marshall MN. (Southwest)

    In September I will be moving to Minneapolis to go to college (U of M).
     
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    Oh, Duluth here... junior in H.S. this coming year
     

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