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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Fingers66, 22 Mar 2019.

  1. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    I am looking to upgrade from my Dell U2412M which I have had since new. It is driven by an Intel iGPU on my main rig and a GTX980 on my gaming rig.

    My usage is 90% work & office stuff with the odd foray into gaming such as Civ V, RA (yes really), and potentially in the future some FPS - I was playing BF3 but stopped and haven't played in over a year. I want to keep the option open to play some FPS again in future. Given my little gaming usage I am not sure if I am bothered with free-sync or such like - thoughts?

    I am looking for 1440p resolution but am not sure if 27" or 30" is best given how small I have heard that text can be with 1440p at 27". The text size on my U2412M (1920x1200) is just right so the same size at 1440p would be good if that makes sense (DPI ratio?).

    I will need HDMI and DP inputs, USB hub is a nice to have but not critical. An IPS panel is my preference.

    I'd like to keep the budget under £500 which I know will probably be a push if looking at any 30" models.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    If I remember correctly 1440p at 32" is the same DPI as 1080p 24".
    1920x1200 24" I think sticks you right in the middle of 27" and 32" 1440p for DPI, so a tad tricky to match up there.
     
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    If you can put up with the lack of height / swivel adjustment and no VESA mount go for it:thumb:

    Hexus has a review of it here.
     
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    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Swivel isn't an issue as I look straight at the monitor, height should be okay as I have a monitor stand that raises it 85mm off the desk.

    What does everyone think about adaptive sync/high refresh, should I go for a 144Hz monitor to future proof me just in case?
     
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    Considering you aren't playing many fast paced games on it the issue of high refresh rate quickly becomes an issue of value.

    Basically if you wanted a 144hz IPS screen the price will skyrocket.
    If you are willing to go 144hz VA then the price would not be too bad.

    While Freesync / G-Sync are very good, keep in mind that there are alternatives that come pretty close without requiring a special monitor, specifically Nvidia FastSync.

    Plus the monitor does have Freesync, while you can't use it now on your nvidia GPU (as they locked out 9x0 cards from enabling it) if you do upgrade the GPU in the future you should be able to use it.
     
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    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Cheers, gonna pull the trigger now on the AOC monitor, plus I have to get a new KVM as my iGPU only supports 1920x1200 resolution via DVI (higher with HDMI & DP).

    Edit: aaaannnnd purchased, thanks all.
     
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    The monitor does have both hdmi and dp, so connect iGPU with hdmi and GPU with DP and that should be sorted?
     
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    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    I was wanting to get an HDMI KVM anyway, I found one for just over £100 on Amazon that appears to be okay and will support resolutions higher than full HD, normally they are REALLY expensive.

    One day when I upgrade my gaming GPU and want to use Freesync then I will have to use one of the other connections for that PC, until then I'm sweet with the KVM.
     
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    Arg, of that had a better stand I'd grab one!
     

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