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  • Mekanik 12 Aug 2015 13:16:45 4,688 posts
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    So, thinking of replacing my current monitor and interested in peoples thoughts on what are considered must haves and the like.

    Current monitor is a (quite nice tbh) BenQ 24" 60Hz thing.

    I`m replacing because the missus would like 2 monitors and my current one is a bit larger than the one she is using (shes of an arty type and thinks having 2 monitors would be good - who am i to complain, i gets to buy new stuffs).

    Anyway, I would be quite keen on a 144HZ refresh rate monitor. Trying to decide on whether to stick with 24" or go up to 27"+. I`m guessing 24" sticking to 1920X1080 is fine but what would folks recommend for a 27"?

    Would sticking with 1920/1080 be fine or would upping resolution to 2560/whatever be worth it on the bigger screen size? Or even going to UHD?

    Keep in mind my only requirement right now is refresh rate. Minimum 120 but seems 144 is the more common available. This will be for gaming. Work things are done on the company supplied laptop.

    Im not necessarily looking for recommendations (but i wont say no!) just for some opinions on what other folks are using/prefer.
  • THFourteen 12 Aug 2015 13:19:32 53,839 posts
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    What GPU will you be driving the new monitor with? Makes a big difference, no point having a 1440p monitor if you have to game on the lowest settings.

    Similarly, what games are you playing, will you even get 144fps using your GPU?
  • DamoVotf 12 Aug 2015 13:26:22 1,465 posts
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    I have a 144hz 2560x1440 monitor the ROG one from Asus. beside it I have an old 26 inch samsung running 1920x1080. I really like my newer monitor and find the size mucbh better for that resolution.

    Id go for the bigger one personally.
  • Mekanik 12 Aug 2015 13:34:06 4,688 posts
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    I play a variety of games although main staples are cs:go and wow (yeah, shoot me now). Dipping in and out of new stuffs when it tickles my fancy as well (batman, bf4, arma).

    Currently have a radeon 7950 4G. Planning to upgrade that later in the year so if what i have is not quite enough it doesnt matter so much as it will be replaced with something far more capable before the year ends. Certainly the older things (wow, cs) run at max settings as is.

    Monitor needs to be first though due to missus requirements being more important than my own.
  • Mekanik 12 Aug 2015 13:35:58 4,688 posts
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    @DamoVotf Not quite sure 600 quid for a monitor would pass with the accountant. :)
  • THFourteen 12 Aug 2015 13:44:08 53,839 posts
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    In which case you're in the same boat i was two weeks ago when picking a monitor. I wanted all the features but didnt want to pay 5-700 quid for the ROG or Predator.

    In the end i went for a QNIX 2710 from the ebay lottery, 1440p 60hz IPS but you can overclock it to 96 (or 120hz) if you are lucky. But mine does have slight backlight bleeding on the lower right corner some people wouldnt like, and you might end up having to return it. Its not for everybody.

    i gave up gsync and 144hz but i got 27", IPS and 1440p (and 96hz) and almost 0 input lag, and it cost me 230 so i'm pleased.

    There are some reasonably well priced 1080p 24" gsync monitors (have a look on scan.co.uk in the gsync section), but i didnt want another 24" screen.

    The other monitor i was looking at was the BenQ 27" 1440p IPS screen gw2765ht which was 275, but good quality guaranteed, albeit not a "gaming" monitor, ie medium input lag, nothing over 60hz.
  • Mekanik 12 Aug 2015 13:59:11 4,688 posts
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    I dont care for gsync tbh. Despite the Nvidia is best shouts I`ll prob stick with radeon. Ive had radeon for years and never had any problems with any of the cards ive owned or driver updates etc.

    Anyways, I like the idea of 27" and 1440 but no way could i justify a 600 quid price tag when i could get an excellent 144Hz monitor and graphics card for around the same price. Frankly, I want 144Hz over 1440/27" size.

    Tbh 24" is probably ok, just considering whether now is the time to up a size or not. Will require further pondering.
  • THFourteen 12 Aug 2015 14:05:50 53,839 posts
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    How about something from this list:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/top-best-computer-monitors,review-33059-2.html
  • DamoVotf 12 Aug 2015 14:39:41 1,465 posts
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    Nah I mean i dont think mine is worth the 600 quid. Gsync I think is only really required if you are gaming at 4k.

    I just like the resolution and screen space.

    Im rocking a pretty decent computer i7 and GTX 780, and the 1440p can push that card pretty hard these days.
  • DamoVotf 12 Aug 2015 14:40:39 1,465 posts
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    Looks like your next best alternative is 450.
  • Mekanik 12 Aug 2015 16:59:17 4,688 posts
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    So it seems.

    Thanks for that list. Not sure if shelling out 450 quid on a monitor is worth it. No doubt if i dont i`ll end up regretting it some time down the line.

    Maybe a spot of overtime is in order before next payday....
  • THFourteen 12 Aug 2015 17:10:20 53,839 posts
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    Personally i think monitors are in a strange place at the minute, and need some time to settle down.

    One of the reasons i went for the one i did, almost a stop gap for a couple of years before those 600/700 quid gaming monitors get much cheaper.
  • Mekanik 12 Aug 2015 17:47:16 4,688 posts
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    Thats kind of what i`m thinking. Do i just buy a really decent 24" monitor with 144Hz 1920 and be happy for a couple of years until the "proper" gaming monitors appear more regularly and drop in price?

    I think i may have answered my own question. Depends how soon my missus wants her monitor i guess.
  • Gartt 12 Aug 2015 18:14:38 1,939 posts
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    Mek, I picked up a 27" 144hz 1080p monitor over christmas and would recommend it. I dont think high resolutions are quite there yet with current hardware, maybe in a couple of years when reasonably priced cards catch up.

    144hz is awesome for CS by the way, you can feel the difference despite what some people may say. You can also "feel" it in general use, i remember being somewhat hypnotised by my mouse cursor for a while.
  • Mekanik 12 Aug 2015 22:20:39 4,688 posts
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    Nice. More to ponder on.
  • THFourteen 14 Aug 2015 14:20:30 53,839 posts
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    WFH today, so got a chance to actually USE my new monitor. 1440p 27" is a revelation for work!

    Its almost as good as having two screens (which i do have, but currently can't use together until i get my study back)
  • THFourteen 17 Aug 2015 07:38:04 53,839 posts
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    From what I've read 1080p doesn't look great over 24"

    I have no first hand experience tho, but something to consider.
  • Mekanik 27 Aug 2015 15:17:26 4,688 posts
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    Went for this one but without the speakers.

    211 and so far seems good enough. Still need to fiddle with the colours a little but hopefully should do the job.

    Decided to stick with 24" until i can justify getting a good (R9 380/390) graphics card.
  • superdelphinus 22 Aug 2016 17:18:43 10,346 posts
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    Is it possible to get a g-sync monitor that doesn't look like a 'gaming' monitor? They all seem to be red and spiky and not befitting of a man in his 30s. Preferably 4K
  • sherpa1984 22 Aug 2016 17:41:43 847 posts
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    I picked up this 27" 1080p freesync 144Hz monitor in a lightning sale in January.

    144Hz is fab but yea I'd agree 1080p for a monitor this size looks a bit ropey. Stick with a 24" 1080p monitor IMO.
  • Mekanik 22 Aug 2016 19:02:14 4,688 posts
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    Most of the gaming monitors just look like normal ones now. Well worth it but as sherpa said, dont go above 24" for 144Hz. Price is nuts and 1080p is good in 24".

    After using my BenQ for a while (a year apparently) I will say that the colours are a little more drab than a normal 60Hz monitor, but i sort of knew that anyways. I could probably fiddle a bit more with the colours but im used to it now.
  • Gregolution 22 Aug 2016 21:14:39 10,058 posts
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    I can say the Asus 27 inch 144hz 1440p G sync is a thing of beauty. Can't fault it.

    Edited by Gregolution at 21:15:06 22-08-2016
  • superdelphinus 22 Aug 2016 21:40:08 10,346 posts
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    What's the model number for that one? The only one I can find is an acer on that's 27", ips, 4K and g-sync for around 600 depending where you look. There's a couple of other ones but they're like 200 more expensive and I'm not sure what the difference is. Still seems quite a limited market, are there a load of new ones about to drop or something?
  • Gregolution 22 Aug 2016 22:06:06 10,058 posts
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    @superdelphinus

    PG279Q. It's an amazing piece of kit. Rumours suggest they're making a 4K version of it but I think you're better off with the 1440 version for the near future anyway.
  • yegon 22 Aug 2016 22:37:27 6,511 posts
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    Can vouch for the ROG Swift, I have the first iteration, TN* panel, PG278Q. Absolutely superb, I've no interest in 4K until it delivers gSync & very high frame rates with a single top end gpu. For all the extra fidelity 4K gives, it'd feel like a downgrade to me. Nicely built too.

    *Buying new, I'd prob opt for the newer IPS 165hz ROG Swift, but don't be put off by TN on the first model if you see it discounted (unlikely probably). TN panels justifiably get a bad rap in most cases, but this is not your normal TN and doesn't suffer the appalling viewing angles and poor colour of cheapo TN's. I'm utterly spoiled by the ROG Swift, I'd hate to game on a sub 100hz panel without gSync these days.

    Edited by yegon at 22:42:25 22-08-2016
  • gamecat 22 Aug 2016 23:03:55 985 posts
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    @Gregolution That's the one I have, well, the freesync version, really good having no tearing anywhere at 100-144hz (very easy to unlock above 90 freesync), would hate to go back to a lesser monitor now. They seem to have issues with quality control though, if you can get one with minimal backlight glow you're onto a winner.
  • Gregolution 23 Aug 2016 07:45:56 10,058 posts
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    Yeah it's a beauty, best monitor I've owned. TBH for standard text and work use it's not my favourite but still very good. For gaming related, it's unbeatable.

    Actually this one is advertised as a 165hz but you have to over clock it in the settings to get that and I've never done so. Not sure why I would?

    I love all the easy to use gaming settings too - quickly switch to pre configured screen modes depending on game type - rts versus fps for example. Can also quickly get a framerate counter in the top right corner of the screen.
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