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Old January 8, 2008, 07:14 PM
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I have a 226bw and while it's quite good compared to my older LCD stuff, no LCD is a match for a quality CRT. That's just the way it is. It depends how fussy your eyes are at the end of the day. For sure my NEC CRT is a a better monitor, but hot damn it's huge space wise. Everything is a trade off it seems.
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Old January 11, 2008, 12:36 PM
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Well I am probly going to stick with my Viewsonic for a bit cant spend all my money on computer stuff lol !
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Old January 14, 2008, 11:46 PM
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another vote for samsung here. i have had various lcds but the 2 samsungs i have had were my favorite ones. i have a 245bw right now and it rocks. it also looks very nice with the xbox 360 via vga at 1080p
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I would suggest going to look at as many different models as you can. See which one looks the best, then do some online reseach, see what other people who have these monitors are saying. All the time energy and money that you have put into that box that sits on/under your desk is represented by the monitor. I haven't bought a monitor is a few years but it was probably the most time I spent researching a component.

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Old January 23, 2008, 09:51 AM
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All the time energy and money that you have put into that box that sits on/under your desk is represented by the monitor.
Exactly, thank you! It's like tires on a sports car. You can have all the horse power and flash available, but with a crappy set of tires, that sports car is going to perform like crap. Same goes with your setup. All that wonderful hardware to bring games to life and one crappy TN panel to hose it all down and wash it away... I don't know why people don't understand this better?
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wouldnt someting over 24" , like a 28 or 32" be alittle big when gaming?? I am looking at upgrading my 22", everyone seems to like the Samsung. THere is an Acer at Futureshop thats on sale for a pretty good price. I have 500 bucks to spend..... no bigger than a 24" though....
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wouldnt someting over 24" , like a 28 or 32" be alittle big when gaming?? I am looking at upgrading my 22", everyone seems to like the Samsung. THere is an Acer at Futureshop thats on sale for a pretty good price. I have 500 bucks to spend..... no bigger than a 24" though....
theres no such thing as ' a little too big' for gaming the only problem i ever encountered was when i got my first 17 inch lcd and my video card wasnt good enough to play the games at native res (barely scraped by at 1024). on my current 24 (1920x1200) inch setup i can play anything (but crysis) at native res with eye candy on max. your setup would likely eat a 24 inch for lunch.

also keep in mind you can get a 32 inch monitor thats only 1366x768 resolution...not sure if bigger is better in this case. i prefer a smaller screen with higher pixel density, but i cant really comment because i have never seen or used a 32 inch with a resolution that low for comparison. the size might make up for the lack of resolution for all i know.

the prices for monitors over 22 inches vary like crazy too. my 245bw (in october last year) was ~600 bucks. right now, you could buy a 22 inch with lower resolution/ contrast ratio for 700.. if you arent careful. it may be a better monitor, but at least on paper it looks like a bad deal in comparison.

lol after reading that i should have just said 'it comes down to personal opinion'...
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personal opinon and whatever the wife lets you come through the door with!!! Going to go look at the Samsung model everyone is raving about..... Hope I look at the right one!!
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Old March 8, 2008, 02:03 PM
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Frosty,

Check out the Acers 22 inch to 24 inch, they are the best LCD for the price!!! The newer ones have better contrast ratios than my old 700-1. Stay away from the viewsonics, junky picture and too expensive. They are a far cry from their CRT cousins I've owned. Acer all the way!!!!!!!
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Old March 8, 2008, 05:06 PM
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I have an HP w2408h, it's a 24" monitor 5ms, the one I have came with a samsung panel, TN but good, no visible ghosting when gaming at 1920x1200.

It has a 97% color gamut which is supposed to be good and it's a glossy which is beautiful but not if you're next to a window, mines not.

Also it's HDMI, so you can use a single connector for audio and video. I hooked it up to my second DVI using the supplied (with the sapphire card) DVI-HDMI adapter so that the sound wasn't active. That way I am able to hook up the RCA 3.5mm sound and it automatically cuts when I plug in my headphones on the front panel of my PC. If I hook it up to the first DVI on the graphics card then the HMDI sound activates.

I get decent framerates with my HD2900PRO overclocked but if I'd rather have a HD3850/70 or 8800GT.

The auto-pivot mode is crazy. I always get remarks like "Holy Crap! What a big screen!" when I leave it in portrait mode, even more than regular horizontal.
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