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Old October 19, 2007, 12:50 PM
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My wife is going to buy me an LCD monitor cause she loves me and she can't stand seeing me use my old POS Dell 17" CRT anymore. Since I really do not know much about LCD montiors, other than the lower the response time the better and the higher the contrast ratio the better. I will mainly being using the monitor to surf the web and play games. My video card is a XFX GeForce 7900 GS XT. The cards max digital output is 2560x1600. Oh and she gave me a budget of no more than $250.00

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Old October 19, 2007, 01:00 PM
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I absolutely love my 19" square samsung, but the squares run around $260 + tax.

Is there a minimum time frame? If not, I'd keep an eye on the dell website. They often have kickass short term (1 day) sales on their monitors.
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Tigerdirect has a GREAT deal on a 20in LCD from DCL. I bought 2 of them because I liked them so much. $159 after rebate.
DCLCD by Sceptre DCL20A 20.1" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 5ms, 1000:1, WSXGA+ 1680x1050, DVI with HDCP, VGA(D-sub), Built-In Speakers, 16:10 Aspect Ratio in Canada at TigerDirect.ca
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Old October 19, 2007, 01:03 PM
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I notice that Samsung monitors often has better colors/contrast than BenQ or Acer (probably why BenQ and Acer are a lot cheaper).
When switching from CRT to LCD for the first time, you'll notice a big change in contrast/colors. Samsung monitors also have a lot better stands compared to Acer. I hate how once I've put my Acer stand, I could not take it out again without breaking something. Dell and LG are also good brands.

Some people are also concerned about viewing angles. If you're one of them, you may want to check the actual monitor before buying.

If I were you, I'd chip in another $40-50 to get a 22" widescreen. I do love the widescreen, though some others prefer the good 'ol 4:3 scale monitors.
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For monitor shopping, you really have to go to a store and look at it in person. Otherwise you have to find a good review with tons of pictures and judge by that.

Samsung and Dell get a from me.

I got a free Dell 17" LCD from Bell a while back for signing into a 3yr contract or something. They double shipped it to. So I actually got 2 free 17" LCDs That was an awesome day.
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My wife is going to buy me an LCD monitor cause she loves me and she can't stand seeing me use my old POS Dell 17" CRT anymore. Since I really do not know much about LCD montiors, other than the lower the response time the better and the higher the contrast ratio the better. I will mainly being using the monitor to surf the web and play games. My video card is a XFX GeForce 7900 GS XT. The cards max digital output is 2560x1600. Oh and she gave me a budget of no more than $250.00

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The first thing you should do is throw those assumptions about response time and contrast ratio out the window. IPS panels have the worst response times (typically 16 ms) and contrast ratios (typically <500:1) of any of the 3 major panel types, but have the best image quality by far and generally cost in excess of $1000.

If you have a $250 budget, you'll be looking at a 19" - 22" monitor that uses a TN panel (lowest grade of the 3 panel types). $250 will get you a feature-packed 19" monitor, a decent but basic 20" monitor, or a budget 22" monitor.

My picks:

19" Fullscreen - Samsung 931C
19" Widescreen - Viewsonic VX1945wm
20" Widescreen - LG L206WTY
22" Widescreen - Acer AL2223W/Dell E228WFP

If you can afford it, I would probably advise bumping up to a 20" VA panel, which will go for around $400 as it will offer much improved image quality and viewing angles over a TN panel.

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Any preference to widescreen or not?

For $250, I'd probably go with a 22" widescreen, I need as much desktop space as possible.
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There's an el-cheapo ACER 22" widescreen with 5ms and 800:1 contrast on sale this week at "the store from the time coming after the present" for $239- not the best numbers, but it would get you a 22" for within your budget.
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I would prefer widescreen. Babr I saw the monitor you are talking about. I'll probably buy locally at that store or it's parent store "The oppisite of the worst sell" My wife said she will get me a monitor for Christmas. I told her the best time would be on Boxing day if we can handle the hordes of people.
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I found this LG 21.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $249.99 @ Futureshop
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