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LCD monitor advice

by soreheadedBear / May 13, 2006 3:17 AM PDT

Need advice on buying possibly an LCD monitor. Have they improved over the years for gaming? If so, then what specifacations should I look for if I play games online and offline. Looking to buy 17 or 19".
I have XP Pro with 40 gig hd,736 megs of ram,1000 megahertz AMD Athlon.
Anybody have good advice? Thanks in advance.

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by drat_ninny / May 13, 2006 4:34 AM PDT
In reply to: LCD monitor advice

I use my Dell Ultrasharp 2001FP for gaming, and it works just fine. It's a little dark at times, due to a somewhat low contrast ratio, but I've never seen an example of ghosting or anything like that. And you shouldn't on any monitor that has a 16ms or lower response rate.

Buying an LCD monitor is pretty easy, since there's only about three things you need to pay attention to.

First is the response rate. A rating of 16ms or lower should be acceptable for gaming. There may be small and infrequent ghosting events at 16ms, but most people probably will never notice.

Second, make sure it's a DIGITAL LCD and has DVI inputs. The only way to go with LCD monitors is with an all digital setup. So if your video card doesn't have a DVI port, it would be worth it to get one that does. the quality difference is noticeable. It costs more, but it's worth it.

Third is contrast ratio. The higher the ratio the better. Especially since most vendors are less than completely honest about the true real-world contrast ratio.

You should also consider overall image quality. Dell LCDs are very nice, but for any other brand I would suggest going to a local BestBuy or CompUSA and looking at display models they have before buying.

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by soreheadedBear / May 13, 2006 6:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes

Thanks for your suggestions. I will start my pricing today, especially the video card with a DVI port. That never occured to me ! Great advice!!
Thanks again!

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