I have known my monitor sucks, but at the time I was shopping conservative, kind of regret it now. My credenza will house another inch or two in width reasonably so I was already looking to get a new monitor but if I get a 24 inch IPS, haven't heard of IPS yet, why it's better or what brand to look for. But, I think we're all thinking pretty much along the same lines.
It's not very well known by non-techies, but there are a few different technologies of LCD screen. Here are some good explanations of the different types:
https://pcmonitors.info/articles/lcd-panel-types-explored/ (simpler explanation)
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/panel_technologies.htm (this is very techy)
Or quick one line summaries:
TN (Twisted Nematic) - Cheap, high response, poorer colour rendering (not true colour screens), narrow viewing angles, major colour shift when you view off centre.
VA (Vertical Alignment) - Fairly cheap, poorer response compared to TN or IPS, better colour and contrast than TN, colour shift when viewed off centre.
IPS (In Plane Switching) - More expensive, not quite as responsive as TN can achieve but good, best colour rendering with true colour output, wide viewing angle.
TN types are easy to spot as the colour changes as you change your viewing angle (particularly on the vertical plane). I think VA ones are not common now as the price of IPS technology has dropped. I upgraded to 2 x 23" LG IPS screens after one of my old TN screens failed, and the difference to me is very noticeable. I wouldn't go back to TN screens voluntarily...
List on PC Partpicker of 23"+ IPS Screens I don't have any specific monitor recommendations really.
I don't want to go out and upgrade everything at once; so, I suppose the SSD might have to wait a while yet. But, I'm thinking just pick up either the R9-290x or 280 and a bit better monitor and maybe overclock the CPU. I take it you think the price difference and graphical increase wouldn't be enough to justify going with the 290x, Jonuk? The way I look at it is, "I only buy once" so might as well get a nice one. If I get a monitor that goes up to a higher rez, perhaps will be enough? Not sure my power supply will hold up, or price difference, but what do you think?
Also, I'm not sure the 290 or 290x are compatible with my system. Comes default with the Nvidia card.
Going from Nvidia to AMD or vice versa is not a problem. I just recommend fully uninstalling Nvidia's driver software before changing the cards over.
I tend to look for stuff with the best price/performance ratio's that will do the job. The best price/performance ratio's tend to be in the middle of the market, away from the extremely high end or extremely low end stuff. I think a R9-280 or R9-280X will definitely "do the job" comfortably for current games at HD resolutions, with a good balance of price to performance A higher end card will give more future proofing but at a premium, so it depends on how much you want to spend. Note, a factory overclocked R9-290 (like linked below) can more or less match the performance of a reference R9-290X at a significant saving.
Main contenders (roughly in ascending order of performance)
GTX 760 2Gb - $209
R9-280 (factory overclocked) - $200
R9-280X - $259
GTX 770 4Gb - $346
R9-290 (factory overclocked) - $348.50
GTX 780 (factory overclocked) - $459
R9-290X - $499
The Nvidia cards are lower power consumers generally than AMD's. These cards will need a good PSU in any case. I like factory overclocked models because they generally aren't much more expensive than others, usually have nice aftermarket coolers fitted and the overclock is warrantied so it's an almost free upgrade.
Edited by jonuk76, 07 September 2014 - 09:58 AM.