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Which type of monitor should I buy?

Dec 8, 2017 8:44AM PST

I want to buy a computer(desktop) but I dont know know which type of monitor should i buy?
I will use the computer for works, watching videos but also for gaming. I dont know if I should buy a 144hz 24" or an Ips 27 75hz monitor.

The pc will have 16gb of ram, gtx 1060 6gb, intel i5-8600k.
I dont even know if with a gtx 1060 i will be able to enjoy the 144hz.

What should i buy?
and if anyone knows a good monitor(around 200-250$) please tell me.

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I'm going to shortchange you here.
Dec 8, 2017 9:03AM PST

The Hz discussion on the 1060 is too done. It will go at that rate over the usual displayport connection.

I'm just an older gamer and never bought into the higher frame rate models. I've watched other dump money into such so I hold back and just game on.

I think the 27 inch would be nice if my desk space allows it.

Be sure to look over the monitors at

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Depends how serious you are
Dec 8, 2017 6:37PM PST

It depends on which games you play and how serious you are about them.

If you're hard core into first person shooters or driving sims, then 144 Hz will make a difference. When people are tested, nearly 100% can discern the difference up to that frame rate.

If you're not into FPS or sims, but more Minecraft or Planet Coaster or other casual games, or if you're not hard core enough that you just absolutely *must* win, then 75 Hz should be plenty Good Enough to have fun.

You don't say what kind of work you're going to do with it. If you have a lot of windows open at one time then you might want the extra screen space of a 2k 27" display. (4k is currently stuck at 60 Hz.) With a 24" display, 2k might be getting difficult to read (you don't say how old you are.) With 24" you might want to stick with Full HD, aka 1080.

My personal preference is Bigger is Better. My main machine has a 30" 2k 16:10 (it was cheap, and only does 60 Hz) and my previous 24" as a secondary monitor, 16:10 FHD. I do all my gaming on the big monitor. Mostly single player FPS, occasionally online multiplayer. I'm not hard core, so I find it fun.

My dream monitor would be 30" 16:10 4k 60 Hz for work and 2k 144 Hz for gaming, with thin bezels for eventual multi-monitor. There is one (relatively) cheap Chinese monitor I spotted on Amazon that does 4k 60 Hz and FHD 144 Hz. That's where I got the idea of different refresh rates.

Drake Christensen

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I Was Responsible for These Decisions...
Dec 9, 2017 9:19AM PST

I worked for decades at a Federal agency renowned for its technological prowess. I was responsible for hardware and software decisions for many years, dating from the mainframe era long before PCs came onto the scene until my retirement when the Internet was ubiquitous and flat-screen monitors common.

When it came time to procure monitors for updates and new installations, we did massive research and testing on quality, durability, usability, compatibility and all other factors, and came up consistently with only one choice (well, after the days of the DEC VT-100 and Wyse 50) -- Viewsonic. This held true from the days of the earliest CRT color monitors until my retirement.

For my own personal choice, I use a now quite long-in-the-tooth Viewsonic VX2736wm, a 27" 1080p monitor. It has performed flawlessly for nine years now under HEAVY use. This particular monitor is no longer available (for many years now), but I might recommend the Viewsonic VX2757-mhd at $199.99 list or the VX2776-smhd at $239.99 list (both probably available for less from any of the many discounters out there). Note that, strange as it may seem, most of the specs related to the actual video performance are better for the less-expensive monitor, although its power consumption is slightly greater, its viewing angle is narrower (which isn't particularly relevant to a PC monitor) and its bezel is considerably thicker.

Of course, with your GTX-1060 you could go with a UHD monitor, but then you'd spend a lot more. Alas that my own computer is one I self-built back in 2009 and only has a GTX-460, which cannot do UHD (but that otherwise still performs too well to justify replacing).

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