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HamieSam
22-03-2011, 01:16 PM
Hi there,

I am maybe looking at getting two screens betweem 22-24 inch. I was wondering what people recommended at about the $350 or less price mark.

I use it for gaming (counterstrike source, WoW, HoN, Blackops), watching movies (standard definition), and general uni work and web browsing.


System comprises of:
i5 750
gigabyte p55-ub3
crucial 4g ram ddr3 1333
xfx ati 5770 1gb
1tb seagate gdd
cooler master 690 case
coolermaster silent pro m700 psu

robbyp
22-03-2011, 01:17 PM
Hi there,

I am maybe looking at getting two screens betweem 22-24 inch. I was wondering what people recommended at about the $350 or less price mark.

I use it for gaming (counterstrike source, WoW, HoN, Blackops), watching movies (standard definition), and general uni work and web browsing.


System comprises of:
i5 750
gigabyte p55-ub3
crucial 4g ram ddr3 1333
xfx ati 5770 1gb
1tb seagate gdd
cooler master 690 case
coolermaster silent pro m700 psu

You are likely to get motion blur with the cheaper ones.The best thing to maybe check them n store.

jareemon
22-03-2011, 01:55 PM
23" is a popular size, go for an lcd with low response time (2ms) and ensure it has the right connector for your graphics card. If your card easily handles 1080p settings, go for a full hd monitor. Have a look on ascent.co.nz

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jareemon
22-03-2011, 02:01 PM
If you're gaming on both screens an you're not upgrading your gfx card, you wont need full hd, as your card probably wont take it too well

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dugimodo
22-03-2011, 02:15 PM
It's largely a matter of preference, I have used AOC monitors for some time as they are cheap and reliable (in my experience at least) and personally see no motion issues at 5ms.

A glossy shiny screen tends to look nicer in the shop but can be prone to reflections if you use it near a window or in a brightly lit room and will show up fingerprints badly. A mat non reflective screen on the other hand can look less appealing but is less affected by reflections and fingerprints.

I would recommend simply looking at them in the shop and choosing one you like, there is no huge difference at the cheaper end of the market. As pointed out above a lower resolution may be less taxing on your graphics cards in gaming, if this is a concern perhaps a 1366 x 768 (720P) monitor would suit you.

I have a 1080P AOC 27" monitor I play WOW on and I love it - cost me $460 at pbtech

HamieSam
22-03-2011, 04:42 PM
I currently have a full hd 21.5 inch dell and a 19 inch dell. I only game on one screen at a time currently.

SolMiester
22-03-2011, 06:03 PM
Nice system, pity you only have a low end graphics card!.....I would go for 22"LCD @ 1680x1050, otherwise the resolution will bring your card to its knees!

jareemon
22-03-2011, 06:43 PM
Have you thought about upgrading your gfx card? If so, pick up a copy of this months pcworld mag, it's got an awesome article that will help you decide on one that will better handle full hd or dual screen gaming

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HamieSam
22-03-2011, 06:50 PM
would putting in another card like mine help alot? ie dual 5770s

Battleneter2
22-03-2011, 07:11 PM
I would strongly suggest only pick brands that offer zero pixel warranty. Beyond that LG, Viewsonic,Sony, even Samsung all good brands.

1080P is a little marginal with a 5770, but you can run medium detail in most games. I personally wouldn't SLI 5770's, I would hock off the 5770 on Trademe and buy a ATI 6950 or maybe a GTX560 if price sensitive.

jareemon
22-03-2011, 07:29 PM
Sli is nvidea, if you were to put another 5770 in you'd be using crossfire.
I do agree that it may be best to get rid of your card and get a gtx460 or gtx560 Ti, these are incredible value and you can still run sli later if you get another one. The gtx560 Ti outperforms the 6950, and is a good $60-70 cheaper. In saying that, if you find another cheap 5770, then it will nearly double your gfx power on the cheap.

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HamieSam
22-03-2011, 08:21 PM
What do you think of this?

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/ati_radeon_hd_5770_crossfire_vs_geforce_gtx_470_an d_radeon_hd_5850,1.html

The only problem I would see is that maybe my motherboard isnt best suited for xfire.

But that article shows that xfire 5770's is besting gtx470's which would best a 460 right?

jareemon
22-03-2011, 08:39 PM
Sli is betterer than xfire.
You have a pretty good system there, which is why I think it would be a good idea to get a newer card to allow for a future additional card, especially if you plan on dual screen gaming. If you can afford it, get a new card and upgrade later. My philosophy is do it right the 1st time, do you really want to buy another 5770 only to get rid of both of them down the track to upgrade?

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jareemon
22-03-2011, 09:17 PM
Xfire 5770s would be great, no question, but it's important to keep in mind that with 2 screens + xfire, you wont get any performance gains over 1 screen + 1 card. The choice is yours, but you can either spend $230 on another 5770, or flog it on trademe for maybe $150 and put that toward the $360 gtx460 o.c, meaning you'll only be paying $210 for the 460 o.c, making it cheaper, more advanced (with its 336 nvidea shaders and 256bit bus) and alowing you to get another one later to make a KILLER gaming system.

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SolMiester
23-03-2011, 10:17 AM
Sli is betterer than xfire.
You have a pretty good system there, which is why I think it would be a good idea to get a newer card to allow for a future additional card, especially if you plan on dual screen gaming. If you can afford it, get a new card and upgrade later. My philosophy is do it right the 1st time, do you really want to buy another 5770 only to get rid of both of them down the track to upgrade?

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Woooo there bud, as much as I prefer Nvidia cards, I have to correct you on the better multi GPU platform and right now, thats Crossfire. Its scaling is quite a bit better....

HamieSam
23-03-2011, 10:32 AM
Oh i thought my card would barely be worth $50 already after about a years use.

If I could actually get that much for it I would upgrade but I don't have the budget otherwise.

HamieSam
23-03-2011, 10:35 AM
Back to screens, is there any specific model of say 23 inch that anyone prefers? HD is a given for future proofing.

jareemon
23-03-2011, 10:59 AM
Aoc have some good value screens, just have a look on ascent and filter your size and definition requirements. Check trademe to see what used 5770s are going for

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jareemon
23-03-2011, 11:02 AM
Woooo there bud, as much as I prefer Nvidia cards, I have to correct you on the better multi GPU platform and right now, thats Crossfire. Its scaling is quite a bit better....

As far as i've heard, sli has better compatability and less problems... Thanks for that though, looks like I need to brush up on that a little :p

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HamieSam
23-03-2011, 11:07 AM
I have a list of monitors, i like the looks of the Acer G235Hbmd the most, but still like some of the others looks. Sorry about the tedious links, Anyone know how to type a word and make it a hyperlink?


http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=390571

http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=389825

http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=388672

http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=378540

http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=393366

http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=377599

http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=382074

jareemon
23-03-2011, 02:08 PM
I'd personally go for the LG w2353v-pf, at $300 it's full hd, 2ms responce, 23" and a decent brand. And it looks sexy.

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