Choosing a Monitor (again)

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Choosing a Monitor (again)

Postby Plant » Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:22 am

In a few weeks I want to finally ditch my old 15" CRT and get something like one of the following:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... =MO-049-HY

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3385160/H ... oduct.html

To me, despite not knowing a lot about monitors, they seem fairly equal in spec, the obvious difference being the size. I have three questions:

1) Is there anything I'm missing, particularly about the TFT as it seems to be very cheap for its size?
2) Does the 3" difference warrant a £50 price increase? Will I likely notice the difference enough for it to be worth it?
3) Does anyone know of any better deals?

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Postby Papa Lazarou » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:06 am

It's not the size that is important, it's the resolution. 19" widescreens are rubbish, because the 900 vertical lines of pixels isn't enough. Consider that a smaller, non-widescreen 17" TFT has 1024 vertical lines of pixels.

That 22" on the other hand, has a very nice 1680x1050 res, which is a tad more vertically than a 4:3 17" and 19", and loads more horizontally.

Does this warrant a £50 price increase? Absolutely.
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Postby Edam » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:14 am

Keep in mind - to keep it looking good, you'll want to play games at the native resolution. Think about whether your card can handle the higher native res of the 22" or not.

I'd just got for the 17" tbh. 1280x1024 is a nice resolution, especially for desktop.

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Postby Liam » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:19 am

19" is the best.

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Postby Plant » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:31 am

Cheers for the replies.

Lazarou: I had wondered whether, being widescreen, height might be an issue, but for some reason I'd dismissed it. I'm running my 15" CRT at 1024x768, so I don't really want to lose resolution on either axis.

Edam: Thing is, it's not really a gaming purchase. The reason for the upgrade would be mainly for the increase in size for desktop applications, particularly as at uni I'll be using a lot of recording/production software (which is also obviously why widescreen would be an advantage), so really I'm after the workspace increase. Mind you, there is still a point there about games although it's lower on the priority scale.

My card is a 6800GS. I don't really know how far you can push that with regards to resolution, but if it is an issue would running games at a slightly reduced resolution really have that drastic an effect on the way they look?
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Postby Papa Lazarou » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:31 am

24" is the best. :P

My PC has lost its edge for gaming at the mo, but I have some titles I still play at 1920x1200. Half-Life 2, GTR2, UT2004, Doom 3, etc. Newer games I have to lower the res, and it doesn't bother me that much. 1440x900 or even 1280x800 looks fine. They loose the crispness, but at least I have something to look forward to once I get an upgrade. :)

For desktop use, the extra res is invaluable. So much more productive. And photos look awesome.
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Postby Me » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:35 am

Edam wrote:Keep in mind - to keep it looking good, you'll want to play games at the native resolution. Think about whether your card can handle the higher native res of the 22" or not.

I wouldn't be that concerned, I've played game on my 19" at 1024x768 without issue.

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Postby Plant » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:37 am

Also, how much do Overclockers charge on postage for things like this?

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Postby Doug » Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:58 pm

FFS, you could have bought mine. ¬_¬

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Postby Plant » Sat Jul 14, 2007 3:43 pm

And I would, if you'd been selling it a month later. Like I said.


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