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Should I upgrade monitor?


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#1 gigawert

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 09:25 PM

I was thinking, should I upgrade my old 17" 1280x1024 monitor to a slightly bigger and higher resolution monitor (like 22" and 1920x1080)? Although if I do so, I may have to upgrade my GPU (I currently have a GTX 750 Ti) as well since a few demanding games and 3D modelling software run OK on my current monitor but it may struggle struggle with a higher resolution monitor. What are your thoughts?

 

 

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 09:58 PM

I would say yes.  It depends on you, but then I haven't used a 17" monitor like that in a long while, and I've got used to wide screen higher resolution IPS monitors now :)  I don't think there's necessarily a need to change the GPU, you can always turn down game detail settings if needed.  It can always be changed at a later date if you really find it's not sufficient.


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 10:06 PM

I would say yes.  It depends on you, but then I haven't used a 17" monitor like that in a long while, and I've got used to wide screen higher resolution IPS monitors now :)  I don't think there's necessarily a need to change the GPU, you can always turn down game detail settings if needed.  It can always be changed at a later date if you really find it's not sufficient.

How, specifically, would I benefit from a monitor like that though? Pretty much everyone has one nowadays.

 

Also, what would you recommend as an inexpensive 22" monitor that is reliable?


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 11:18 PM

Higher resolution = more screen "real estate" (I hate that term, but you know what I mean?).  So, you can work easier on two windows side by side.  You could have say a web browser and a spreadsheet running side by side using Windows "snap" feature, and have a better chance of using them both.

 

I don't know what you currently have, but if it's a good few years old then the fluorescent backlight might well be wearing out, resulting in less vibrant images.  IPS screens which were once extremely expensive are now quite affordable, and these give true 24 bit colour without dithering, plus wider viewing angles (no annoying colour shift as you look at it from an off centre position).  LED backlights which are now common last longer and use less power.

 

This Dell looks good value.  I haven't owned that screen specifically but I've found other Dell screens to be pretty good quality.  LG also make a few good value screens of a similar spec.


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 11:23 PM

Higher resolution = more screen "real estate" (I hate that term, but you know what I mean?).  So, you can work easier on two windows side by side.  You could have say a web browser and a spreadsheet running side by side using Windows "snap" feature, and have a better chance of using them both.

 

I don't know what you currently have, but if it's a good few years old then the fluorescent backlight might well be wearing out, resulting in less vibrant images.  IPS screens which were once extremely expensive are now quite affordable, and these give true 24 bit colour without dithering, plus wider viewing angles (no annoying colour shift as you look at it from an off centre position).  LED backlights which are now common last longer and use less power.

 

This Dell looks good value.  I haven't owned that screen specifically but I've found other Dell screens to be pretty good quality.  LG also make a few good value screens of a similar spec.

Lol, my monitor (Samsung Syncmaster 173s) says it was manufactured in February of 2004!  :hysterical:

 

I don't have lots of desk space, so I'm thinking a monitor no larger than 22" and also less than $100 will be perfect. I will see what other Dell and LG monitors there are available.


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 09:58 PM

What do you think about this one? Best monitor for $99.99 IMO.


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 08:30 PM

I think that monitor choice is good, has a great value and reviews.

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 09:49 PM

Agree, it should be fine.  There's not a huge choice of 22" monitors at that price, so it looks a good deal. I think it would definitely be an improvement over the current monitor, given it's age.


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 09:57 PM

Ok, then. :) I'm planning on using my current 17" for a Raspberry Pi project, an all-in-one computer to be exact.


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