I am looking to add a new monitor and set up a dual monitor display. The thing is, I know very little with what I should be looking for in a monitor. Contrast Ratio, Resolution, Size etc. I currently have a 19" Viewsonic that I absolutely love. The only problem is that they don't make them anymore and the ones on eBay are selling for about $200 (above my budget).
My questions are as follows:
1. My primary monitor has a refresh speed of 2ms, will getting a second monitor with 5ms be a bad idea? Or is the difference negligible?
2. What are the main specs I should be looking at for my monitor? I do a lot of programming as well as some Indie Game Dev (if that helps).
My current list:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009316&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL101311&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL101311-_-EMC-101311-Index-_-LCDMonitors-_-24009316-L020Ahttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=24-009-256&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfohttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824116442
(I would have to wait for this ones price to drop)
My goal price is within $100-120 and $150 is my absolute maximum I can spend on this. If you have or know of any good monitors within this price range than I would greatly appreciate a link.
Also, one more thing, are refurbished monitors a wise investment? I can see a lot of possibility for problems with dead pixels etc when buying a refurbished monitor.