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Need a new reasonably priced monitor (advice please)


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#1 blitzjg

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:24 PM

My computer is a few years old but its lightyears better than my monitor.  My monitor is currently an HPw1907 which is far past its prime and only 19".

 

I am hoping to get a nice flatscreen that can maybe handle 720p if not 1080p assuming my tower is capable of handling it.  Also I'd like to keep it under $300 if possible and obviously between 100-200 is preferred.

 

Current relevant specs:

 

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (10.0, Build 14393) (14393.rs1_release_inmarket.161004-2338)
                 Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
      System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
             System Model: System Product Name
                     BIOS: BIOS Date: 02/05/10 19:13:52 Ver: 08.00.10
                Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHz
                   Memory: 8192MB RAM
      Available OS Memory: 8168MB RAM
                Page File: 6510MB used, 13657MB available

 

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Display Devices
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          Card name: AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series
       Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
          Chip type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x6719)
           DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
        Device Type: Full Device
         Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6719&SUBSYS_31241682&REV_00
      Device Status: 0180200A [DN_DRIVER_LOADED|DN_STARTED|DN_DISABLEABLE|DN_NT_ENUMERATOR|DN_NT_DRIVER] 
Device Problem Code: No Problem
Driver Problem Code: Unknown
     Display Memory: 5872 MB
   Dedicated Memory: 2032 MB
      Shared Memory: 3840 MB
       Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
       Monitor Name: HP w1907 Wide LCD Monitor
      Monitor Model: HP w1907
         Monitor Id: HWP26A3
        Native Mode: 1440 x 900(p) (59.887Hz)
        Output Type: DVI

 



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:43 PM

Do you have a local BestBuy?

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-h6-series-23-ips-led-hd-monitor-black/4751006.p?skuId=4751006



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 01:03 PM

Great deal on a great monitor:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2414H-Screen-Monitor/dp/B00GTV05XG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483120971&sr=8-1

 

Also good:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01717TLMM/ref=psdc_1292115011_t3_B00GTV05XG


Edited by Gorbulan, 30 December 2016 - 01:05 PM.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 01:00 PM

Thanks guys, great help.

 

I went with the Acer for 99.99 mainly cause it was the only one Best Buy carried and it has great reviews.  Almost sprang for the 27" but glad I didn't the size would have been too much I think.

 

I didn't realize this was a thing but I do a bit of FPS gaming and people were telling me to instead save for a 144hz monitor.

 

Is my gfx card capable of 144hz?  And what is the price range for 144hz monitors?



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 01:25 PM

In gaming a visual defect can occur when the video card runs faster than the monitor. Normally, monitors run at 60hz, so if the game runs faster, say at 100 FPS, it will cause screen tearing. In order to prevent screen tearing the framerate of the game and the refresh rate of the monitor must be synchronized.

 

144hz refers to the refresh rate of the monitor. In order for motion to be "smooth" on the monitor, it must operate at 60hz or higher. In order for games to be "smooth" they must operate at 60 FPS or higher, 120 FPS preferred. Ideally one must get a a monitor that can do more than 120, ie 144hz, and a video card than can do more than 120 fps. That way you can cap the games FPS at ~135 FPS, while the monitor runs at ~144hz, creating a perfectly smooth appearance. As long as the game runs between 120-135 FPS and the monitor does its best to run at 144hz, the game will look perfectly smooth.

 

If you have ever seen screen resolution described as 1920x1080x60, the 60 refers to the framerate. Meaning that a TV program, or whatever, was produced at 60 FPS so a 144 Hz monitor won't make a difference, a 60hz TV would be ideal, and 30hz TV (old SD tv set) would be poor.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 01:27 PM

I didn't realize this was a thing but I do a bit of FPS gaming and people were telling me to instead save for a 144hz monitor.

 

Is my gfx card capable of 144hz?  And what is the price range for 144hz monitors?

 

144hz can be pretty pricey, but they are getting cheaper here and there. If you want to game to your "fullest potential", then yes, a 144hz monitor is technically needed. But it is in no way needed to play any game or, most importantly, have fun with games. If you really want one save for one and get it later. You only need one gaming monitor since virtually every game only supports one monitor at a time.



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:10 PM

Great info, but can my current system handle that output to the monitor?  And are 144hz running over 300 bucks?



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:41 PM

Yes, your system should be able to connect to that monitor.

 

More or less, yes. The BenQ 144hz monitor I personally want is $350. It depends on what brand you get, but 144hz monitors are usually $250-$400 for a 24 inch.



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:53 PM

Yes, your system should be able to connect to that monitor.

 

More or less, yes. The BenQ 144hz monitor I personally want is $350. It depends on what brand you get, but 144hz monitors are usually $250-$400 for a 24 inch.

Ok,  I'm not super concerned about that, it was just a point some fellow gamers raised, but I am happy with this one, cause again its like a 3x improvement.  I currently have it connected through HDMI but my tower only has one port in the gfx card, so I would rather use DVI so I can connect my TV through the HDMI port.  Are DVI connections equivalent to HDMI or is HDMI superior?



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:37 PM

I would use HDMI over DVI but it's your preferance. HDMI and DVI are relatively the same other than HDMI carries sound and can connect to a TV with HDMI inputs.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32524/whats-the-difference-between-hdmi-and-dvi-which-is-better/

 

Looks like the monitor you purchased is back to $180.



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 05:21 PM

Note: DVI can't support what current HDMI can. 4K is not really doable with DVI, one must use a more modern connection, such as HDMI. FYI



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 06:11 PM

Note: DVI can't support what current HDMI can. 4K is not really doable with DVI, one must use a more modern connection, such as HDMI. FYI

Good to know. Thanks.



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 06:33 PM

Yes, your system should be able to connect to that monitor.

 

More or less, yes. The BenQ 144hz monitor I personally want is $350. It depends on what brand you get, but 144hz monitors are usually $250-$400 for a 24 inch.

 

Are you saying it can connect to the one i purchased, or to a 144hz one?



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Posted 03 January 2017 - 11:08 AM

Your system can connect to virtually any monitor, the ones mentioned included.






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