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Old 04-08-2010, 01:41 PM   #1
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Hi, I posted a post about getting a new monitor a few days ago, I would like to refine that post if I may. Ok what I want from my monitor:
DVI input
19+ inches
built-in speakers (not essential)
good response time, -5ms preferred

I did want a bigger monitor (22 inches) but I wasn't sure my 9500gt card would be able to run my games at a good fps with the settings on high like it does on my current puny 15 incher...
I have been searching high and low all evening for one that meets the criteria to no avail. 120 pounds spending limit, once again guys PLEASE HELP! Thanks.

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Old 04-08-2010, 03:26 PM   #2
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Well I can not be a big help to find you a monitor, since I am in the US and do not know any stores in England, but here is some advice:

You should not need to run your games at high settings; a larger, higher resolution monitor creates a much more enjoyable experience than a maxxed out game on a small monitor. Get your 22 inch.

Also, it is resolution that matters to the video card, not screen size. Nowadays, you should really look for a 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 monitor because you can run your consoles on it. No, a HDMI input is not necessary for this, you will just need to use a separate device for the audio. Ex: my brother's Xbox has a special HDMI cable that separates S/PDIF audio from a HDMI signal. You could also use a Home theatre reciever with HDMI passthrough if you have one. TBH, I would never buy a monitor less than 1920x1080 because it just looks terrible. 1680x1050 might be ok, but it is really worth it to get the 1080p.

The brands I recommend are Samsung, LG, Hanns G (hannspree), Acer (their computers are awful but their monitors are good), and ASUS.

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Old 04-08-2010, 04:39 PM   #3
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I always use Ebuyer, its really top and always has great reviews for excellent delivery speed and quality

i quickly picke dout these two, your gpu should be ok with 1600x900 but 1920x1080 it will struggle with <-- dont quote me on that one


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Old 04-09-2010, 04:34 AM   #4
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How flexible is the 120?

Does that include VAT and shipping??

I would say stick to overclockers.co.uk and ebuyer.com


Overclockers this week, 22", 2ms response time, also a HDMI input..


142 including VAT

Also overclockers - a 20" Samsung (they do nice monitors) for 129 inc VAT



Ebuyer - 20" Acer monitor 5ms response wall mountable, on top deals this week at 89.97 inc VAT and free delivery.

(ONLY VGA INPUT THOUGH) you could probably pick up a converter though


Theres also a 22" version of this again VGA - but cheap at 109 inc vat and free shipping


Anything else you need help with?

BTW: Just keep checking now and then, on the sites.. Overclockers had a gorgeous 24" Monitor last week, with 3 Inputs, and 2MS response time, FULL HD resolution, for like 149.99 inc VAT, but they flew of the shelves...

Found another one too -


'Extra Value' Brand though... Dont expect to be stunned by it - has built in speakers which are pretty average at best, and check what cables it comes with.. Personally would go for a better named brand. (like the samsung 20" 129 inc VAT)

But for 105 inc VAT (and free delivery) for a 2MS response time, 22" monitor, sounds too cheap to be true!
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:26 AM   #5
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Thank you very much for everyone's responses, especially Luke, mate, your an absolute legend, thanks for going to all that effort for me. So you think it's not that big a deal if it's VGA input or otherwise? For some reason I was thinking it was essential... Shame I missed that bargain 24 incher but will be checking those sites regularly. That 20inch Samsung looks good, but am going into town today to look in PC World, Currys etc to see if they got any bargains going, thanks again for your help peeps.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:51 AM   #6
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Umm well personally, i would go with the DVI connection to be honest, even with your budget, at the loss of an inch. Generally speaking you will get a bit better picture (like 5% extra quality - which makes a bit of a difference)

It also depends how far the monitor is away from the PC, if its anything over 4 or 5 metres,(which generally isnt the case anyway) I would go with VGA, to save a bit of money! (as the picture can sometimes reduce in quality with DVI over a long distance)

To be fair, PC world etc, just try and look at the deals. Generally speaking ebuyer and overclockers are 5-10% cheaper on everything except the deals in those outlets.

Good luck with w/e u decide on, repost if you need anything else
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:42 PM   #7
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i got a 19" wide screen (hpw19B) from ebay, cost me less than 60 in total. all be it second hand but GREAT condition. previous owner loved his tech lol.

keep an eye out on ebay and ebuyer for cheap second hand ones. you'll be surprised what you can dig up

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