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Old April 14, 2014, 08:17 PM
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I'm selling my 3 24" gaming monitors for the new Asus rog :D
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Old April 14, 2014, 08:52 PM
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Wow. Must be something then. :)

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Old April 14, 2014, 09:05 PM
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Hmm, yesterday's reply never went through.

Thanks for your suggestions and advice JD and everyone else.

Using the computer at a distance wouldn't work for me---I need to be sitting at a desk---so we'll need a monitor at the least.

I was insisting on a 1440p 27" monitor for a more immersive gaming experience, but I was told recently that most games are made for 1080p and that this won't change for years to come, rendering a 1440p monitor for gaming pretty much useless. Is there any truth to this?

If this is the case then I might be willing to look at 1080p, which would leave me with enough money to buy a TV. If I can accommodate both in this small room. :)

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Nope. I've been gaming at 2560x1600 on a 30" Dell for over 2 years now. The image quality and immersion at arms length is amazing. It's like watching a 55" TV from 6 feet away. Yes, some console ports don't look any better than they do at 1080P, but with the new gen of consoles I think this problem will fade away.

However, I think your money is better spent on getting both a TV and a 1080P monitor.
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^^^Agree. With your needs you are going to want a TV and a monitor. Personally when sitting close I don't like 27" 1080p. Hence, why I recommend a 23-24" @1080p and then a TV (some people prefer the extra size of the 27, but when sitting close I find its just not enough resolution for that size).
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Hmm, yesterday's reply never went through.

Thanks for your suggestions and advice JD and everyone else.

Using the computer at a distance wouldn't work for me---I need to be sitting at a desk---so we'll need a monitor at the least.

I was insisting on a 1440p 27" monitor for a more immersive gaming experience, but I was told recently that most games are made for 1080p and that this won't change for years to come, rendering a 1440p monitor for gaming pretty much useless. Is there any truth to this?

If this is the case then I might be willing to look at 1080p, which would leave me with enough money to buy a TV. If I can accommodate both in this small room. :)

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There is some truth to it, if it's a console port game then the resolution is limited. Normally any modern PC game will support higher than 1080p if your PC can keep up with it :P
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Old April 15, 2014, 06:03 AM
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My future PC will definitely be able to run smoothly with a 1440p monitor. Now I'm actually considering waiting to buy a new monitor until I can afford the new PC. Prices will have dropped by then. To be honest I couldn't even make use of 1080p with my current setup.

Thanks to all for your input. Separate monitor and TV seems to be the way to go!

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Old April 15, 2014, 06:48 PM
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If you are going to wait on the monitor front, you might as well skip 1440p and go to 2160p (aka "4K"). Samsung already has one out for $599 and prices should only continue to come down as production ramps up.

Depending what monitor you have currently, a 23-24" 1080p could still be an ideal upgrade in the meantime. Even if not for games, but general productivity since you'll be able to have multiple windows open side-by-side. Once you move up to 27"+ monitor, you can always keep the 24" as a secondary display.
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You guys will laugh (a lot) but I have a 16" CRT monitor hooked to a 10-year-old P4 with 1 GB RAM. I can't even play 720p movies properly at the moment so I don't know how I imagined I'd be able to make use of a 1080p or 1440p monitor.

I think I'm gonna have to wait till I can afford my new gaming rig. No point in throwing away my money on something I can't use now.

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Well in that case, if you have $600 available currently, even the cheapest PC at Best Buy/Future Shop paired up with a 23-24" monitor would be leaps and bounds better and far more enjoyable to use.

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HP 23" IPS LED Backlit Monitor (23BW) : 23-24 Inch Monitors - Best Buy Canada

...but if your intentions are to move into the (expensive) world of PC gaming, then keep saving up.
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Thanks for the suggestion JD. I most definitely want to wait till I can afford my new gaming rig. I just upgraded the RAM and there's a noticeable improvement. I'll get by with this old workhorse for now. :)

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