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#1 Neil B.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 07:49 PM

What with all of the delicious looking games coming out for the PC this holiday season, I figure its time for a few upgrades. The first two items on my list are a new monitor and a RAM upgrade.

As for the RAM, I think I have made up my mind on which kit I am going to buy. It might be over kill, but I wont be needing to upgrade for a while (hopefully). -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145284&cm_re=corsair_dominator-_-20-145-284-_-Product

Now for my main concern; I currently have a cheapo Wal-Mart grade LCD Acer monitor with a 5ms response rate. I wouldnt even consider getting a new one, however, the ghosting is dreadful. I would like to find a good monitor, with little to no ghosting. I have found a couple on newegg that look decent...

LCD -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049

LED -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236112

These are the two monitors that I am currently looking at. Id like to know if either of these would be a good gaming monitor, and I would also like other suggestions.

I would like the LED, however, some reviewers report ghosting issues.
The only thing keeping me from hitting the "buy" on the first option is that it does not have an LED backlight...
Which brings me to my next question... is there a real difference between the LED and LCD monitors?

Thanks,
--Neil

Edited by Neil B., 30 June 2011 - 07:50 PM.


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Posted 30 June 2011 - 10:51 PM

If you have a motherboard that can handle it, I would get two 4GB sticks of RAM before getting four 2GB sticks, it keeps future upgrade paths open. The CORSAIR 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 is good. As for the monitor, go LED, they offer better contrast with none of the "buzzing" CCFL monitors do, plus, they are more energy efficient and better for the environment. BTW, an LED monitor is an LCD monitor, only the backlight is different. LED's tend to be brighter than CCFL's and can be dimmed more easily, but both are used in LCD technologies with all of the pro's and con's it offers. Ghosting would be more of an issue with the LCD itself rather than the LED backlight, they may have either incorrectly setup their GPU drivers or have defective monitors. Asus is making some nice monitors, they are really worth a look.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 11:12 PM

Thanks for your reply.

I agree, the LED LCD's would be the better option, however, ghosting is big pet peeve of mine.
Do you recommend any other brands other than ASUS?

Also, that RAM is a little week for my taste... I understand where your coming from though, but honestly, when the time comes that I have to upgrade past 8GB of RAM I will probably also be in the market for a new motherboard as well. And Id bet money that DDR4 or 5 will be out by then and DDR3 will be obsolete. Could be wrong on that but I think 8GB will last me quite a while.

I may end up going with the LED version of ASUS monitors. I can always return it I suppose. Still, let me know if you have anymore suggestions. You seem like a helpful person.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 01:32 AM

Samsung makes some superb monitors. LED is also slimmer.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 08:19 AM

Is there a Samsung you would recommend?

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 08:23 AM

SAMSUNG BX2331

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 09:14 AM

Ive been looking at Samsung monitors as well as the ASUS ones.

The problem with the Samsung you suggested is that it does not have a DVI connector. Which is my preferred hook up.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 09:51 AM

Samsung PX2370

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 10:12 AM

Okay,

So I think I have narrowed it down to two: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001414&nm_mc=AFC-Bleeping&cm_mmc=AFC-Bleeping-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=24-236-123&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo


The ASUS is a little bigger and about 20 dollars more...
Does anyone actually own a Samsung or ASUS monitor? If so, what do you think of them?

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 10:30 AM

I own a Samsung and it is still working till today when i first bought it in 2005. I have had no problems with it through out the years of use and i am also gonna buy another Samsung monitor for my gaming desktop on Monday.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 10:32 AM

Which one are you buying? If you dont mind me askng...

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 05:15 PM

I use a BenQ monitor G2400W at a high resoluation, but I did own a CCFL Samsung that had a "buzzing" issue. It was very annoying. Most monitors these days are coming with HDMI, which is better than DVI in that it also transmits audio. I would go for the ASUS VE258Q Black 25" you mentioned, it has more inputs and is a bit larger.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 06:24 PM

SAMSUNG S22A300B This one i am gonna purchase on Monday from my local computer store.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 09:28 PM

That looks like a nice monitor, but it doesn't have HDMI. Not too surprising since few monitors below 24-inches have it, but it is still nice.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 09:43 PM

Yer i know, but no biggie. I'll take photos of it when i get it.

>Michael 
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