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    shinobi is offline Senior Member Regular
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    Well i posted earlier on Notebook Vs. PC and you guys helped with that. But now that i have decided to get a PC im having difficulty picking what kind of monitor.
    any suggestions.

    i want one that will very good and able to run games and very good for media like watchign videos. thanks for your help.

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    http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/Monitor...3173_16-0.html

    This site has a lot of reviews for monitors, you can just take your pick on which one fits your budget/what you want.
    There is a menu to find what you want so it shouldn't be that hard. GL.

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    Not a bad site. I always check PCWorld for this kind of stuff, so you can look there too.

    http://pcworld.com/reviews/index/0,00.asp

    For Monitors, I personaly allways liked NEC. Not always top of the line, but usually not very low either. Almost always in the top 5 anyway.

    Read all the reviews you want, but I'm still a fan of looking yourself. If you can, get down to an electronics store, and take a look at the monitors they have there. Look at the text especially, as how crisp the text is is usually a pretty tell tale sign of how good the monitor is. May also want to check how much it 'bleeds' when you scroll down if it is an LCD. Then you look at the color, and if it is vibrant, and on and on and on... bleh. Basicly, if it looks good to you, and you can stand to look at it for hours at a time, go for it.
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    yeah i was thinking more along the lines of:
    What size in inches?
    What millisecond response time?
    What contrast ratio?
    LCD > CRT (obv.)

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    well if you have more money,
    get the biggest screeen you can get, I would prefer no less than 19",
    20" wide I think is the best.

    get the fastest response time (means the lesser amount of time)
    the more contrast you can get is better,
    but this thing won't really matter that much.

    LCD of course, it is lighter ,and save space, but somehow LCD lacks "something" compared to CRT, I'm not sure what it is,
    somebody can find a term for it? and also if you get LCD get the one with digital output and more inputs (composite, Svideo, etc,)
    Last edited by flash; 05-26-2006 at 12:39 PM.

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    for the same price CRT>LCD

    LCD is good if you need either need to carry it often or don't have a lot of place or have lots of money
    in term of image quality and response time, i think CRT is still better (for an equivalent price of course)

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    LG Electronics Flatron L1950B from the PCWorld Link above.

    That's a pretty nice LCD monitor...if that is what you are looking for. 19" Inch Screen so it's not a bad size. It's a good monitor, my school recently bought like 50-60 for an upgrade to our old ones.

    PS: In my opinion if you can buy the monitor online from a reputable site like NewEgg. Usually they have cheaper stuff than in store.

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    how much of a noticeable difference is their between a 700:1 contrast ratio or a 1500:1 contrast ratio

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    I don't know how much better 1500:1 is than 700:1 and I'm not sure how much of that is just marketing, but you definitely want to steer clear of the ones that are around 300:1. Those have a pretty bland picture which isn't too useful except for office apps IMO. On the other hand, some monitors have a glossy coating to increase the contrast, but you have to be careful where you put those monitors because glare can be a big problem (and ironically, glare reduces contrast...).

    If you're interested in an intro to the technical details, this article is helpful (but excessively wordy):
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/oth...lcd-guide.html
    The important part is that there are basically 3 different panel technologies available, and they differ in their contrast, color, speed, and useful viewing angle. Another interesting point is the tricks they use to make the response time numbers lower, and how they may cause problems of their own.

    I think you would be best off with something >=19" because the 17" LCD category is full of low-end monitors right now. Basically, I think you get what you pay for.

    Since you're a gamer, you should take a look at some of the gaming sites. Also, try looking at the reviews on http://www.tomshardware.com/
    (they had a good 19" monitor roundup a few months ago).

 

 

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