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Yesterday, 20:40
So its time to invest in some new monitors. Not looking to go super fancy, but want to make sure I don't buy something I will regret. So here is my criteria:

1) 23-24"
2) 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 resolution to match what I used at work for when I work remotely
3) Either two DVI inputs or an HDMI and a DVI (a DisplayPort + either DVI or HDMI would work too, but haven't seen any of those that aren't pricey)
4) Preferably under $150

Most of the games I play are older, so I'm not worried about being able to say play Watch Dogs at the highest settings or anything. In fact, outside of Pillars of Eternity, the newest games I'm playing these days or in the near future are Dragon Age 1 and The Banner Saga.

I don't really understand what is so great about IPS, how fast a response rate I should look for or what contrast ratio is important. I used to understand this kind of stuff, but I haven't bought a monitor since literally 2005 and I was just excited to have a flat screen back then.

So, I found this one that I think meets my needs:

Acer - H6 Series 23" IPS LED HD Monitor
Display Type HD LED with IPS
Screen Size (Measured Diagonally) 23"
Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:09
Response Time 5 ms
Brightness 250 cd/mē
Contrast Ratio 100,000,000:1
VGA Input Yes
DVI-D with HDCP Input Yes
HDMI Input Yes
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Yesterday, 20:58
It's a good buy, just don't expect miracles from it - it's capped at 60Hz refresh.
Watch Dogs? If your rig runs it on 60FPS, it will still look awsome on that monitor.

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Thanks! What is vsync and gsync?

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I recently bought an Asus IPS monitor and was very impressed with the vivid colour, much better than my last Dell. It's allegedly slower at 5ms instead of 2ms, but I honestly can't tell. Also has decent built in speakers which is a nice bonus.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-MX239H-…words=Asus+IPS
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Yesterday, 21:26
Originally Posted by blatantninja View Post
Thanks! What is vsync and gsync?
I actually removed the mention of g-sync up there as monitors with it are expensive. So since you ask…
It's a hardware in monitor that forces refresh on the screen when the whole frame data is received from gfx card. Such monitor has to be highly responsive (1-2 ms) and max refresh rate can't be only 60, it has to go go much higher. It would be this one:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-24-…uId=1306059082

As you see, it's pricey.
(But now when I saw it, I just have to buy it for TW3, hopefully xmas will bring that price down or there will be another model)

What exactly g-sync means to us, players?
And I mean PC players, not those console 30FPS is cool bro!
We're spoiled and we deserve to be spoiled!

Means this:
http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/com…to_buy/cfbvhev
three scenarios:

1) Game running balls to the wall, no FPS cap, no vsync, nothing. Monitor set to 144 hz. In BF4 I fluctuate from about 90-160 fps. 90 is a pretty good minimum framerate but visuals still stutter a bit from wildly fluctuating framerate & I get tearing since my framerate doesn't sync with my monitor. This is how I played forever since I can deal with tearing but no input lag.

2) Vsync set at 144 fps. I can't maintain a solid 144 so my framerate jumps between 72 & 144 as the game syncs with my refresh rate. No tearing but stuttering caused by the framerate jumping & lots of input lag cause vsync.

3) Gsync enabled, monitor set to 144hz, framerate capped to 120 so I don't hit 144 & fall back to vsync. Framerate fluctuates from 90-120, absolutely no tearing, absolutely no stuttering, no input lag & visuals smoother than you could imagine. How the fuck did I live without this?

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I'd recommend getting something capable of 1920x1200. Those extra 120 vertical pixels make a difference imo. 16:10 > 16:09 when it comes to aspect ratio.
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