Recommend me a good monitor for a decent price.

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  1. Hops

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    Looking at no less than 19", good for gaming, and that doesn't cost a ton of money...don't care about top of the line, just something decent and affordable.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Microcenter is running a great deal on a 19" crt right now.
    $99 and will hold 1600x1200.
    I don't have a link but it's in the latest flier that they just sent out.
     
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    CRT? We are in the 21st century, mmmkay.

    LCD should be the only thing you consider, at this point.
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Did you read what the thread starter said about
    affordable, and decent quality?

    You going to beat 99 bucks for a 19" monitor running 1600x1200?

    I didn't think so.
     
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    Yep. QUALITY.

    I'd much rather spend $200 on a good LCD than $100 on a not-so-good CRT.
     
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    Can a $200 LCD do 1600x1200 yet?

    I'm not saying you're wrong, but the thread starter should be sure to consider resolution when choosing a monitor. The reason I'm still on CRTs is that I demand 1600x1200 or higher, and I wasn't prepared to pay the amount required to get LCDs that do it.
     
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    I know you can do em under $300 for your res-req. Personally, I stopped running 16x12. I am much more efficient with two 19" LCDs at 1280x1024. MUCH MUCH better on my eyes.

    if he's not running 1600x1200 then it's a waste. Most people would rather run 1280x1024.
     
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    Also I forgot to mention that my computer is in a room with a ton of windows and no blinds/curtains...are there different LCD's that have more/less glare? I don't have much experience with them, my current monitor is pretty damn old.
     
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    get something with a decent contrast ratio. 500:1 is minimum, imho. Mine is 800:1 and I have zero issues with seeing my screen. As for glare, you have two choices in screen coating : matte or glossy. Matte will provide less glare (and happens to be the most popular style of LCD).
     
  12. Buck-O

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    For gaming you still cant beat CRT.

    I dont care who says what. I can throw over a dozen video tests at both a CRT and an LCD, and the CRT will consistantly come out on top.

    Better black level, better color, smoother picture, and more even gradient in picture contrast, and brightness, and white level. Where all LCD's will have blooming int eh center, and often haloing around the edges.

    Sorry, LCD is nice and trendy, but its hardly better then CRT.
    And for me, i still lug my old CRT around to the LAN, simply becuase it looks so much better then any LCD ive come across.
     
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    you call an LCD "trendy" but a trend fades away. LCDs aren't going away. If anything, people still hanging on to their CRT's (or at least those foolish enough to buy a new CRT) are memebers of a "reverse-trend". Sorry, but CRTs are on their way out.

    I know several TRUTHS about LCD/CRT comparisons:
    1) LCDs don't flicker. CRTs do. This is fucking annoying when they do, and the LCD comes out on top, here.

    2) LCDs support a finite number of colors, CRTs support a practically infinite number. This is due to the difference in technology. Digital vs. Analog. But,guess what? 99.999% of people can't tell the color difference between a good LCD and a CRT. The *only* people that this even matters with is graphic artists. Let's take a look at some real-world evidence... Apple has been hystorically sack-ridden by graphic artists. Apple, several years ago, made the plunge to using LCDs exclusively with their machines. I have yet to hear a well-founded complaint about this move. Just because you can put a finite number on paper, doesn't mean it actually matters. LCD wins here, again.

    3) You keep saying "for gaming". Well I say if you're a gamer, get an 8ms or even a 2ms LCD. I've got news for you... Gamers (especially at LAN parties) will sit in front of their screens for HOURS. CRTs hurt your eyes. They're bad for them. My eyes used to ache after hours in front of a CRT. LCDs don't have this problem. They're easy on your eyes. They're no worse for you than reading a book.


    If you want to lug your old CRT around and be the "reverse-trend" fag at the party, then be my guest. However LCDs are not the trend -- they have taken over the market. It's not just the thing to have, it's the RIGHT thing to have.

    Some of the most well-respected displays have been LCDs. Sgi, as one example, has gone exclusively to LCD. Xeorox, well-known for good graphic design/printing screens is using LCDs. Apple has always been loved for their screens -- also LCDs.
     
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    That's cause Jolly was right, and when Jolly's right he leaves bodies. Fortunately for me, I agree with him in this case. LCDs can do just about everything CRTs can do nowadays, and they don't need to be readjusted every week or so; the only downfall for LCDs is an obvious decrease in clarity when running at a non-native resolution, but that's mostly because they're so much clearer than any CRT is when they are running at native resolution. And once Vista ships, the negative effects of high screen resolution will be eliminated by Vista's fully GPU-processed graphical scaling. Since monitors tend to last for years and years, it would be foolish to buy a CRT when the answer to high-resolution's tiny icons and unreadable text is a few months away.
     
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    Link? :eek3:

    Not because I don't believe you, just because I'd like to see them. I couldn't find any at that price point when I was looking, but that was almost two years ago now and LCDs have definitely gotten cheaper since then.

    Fair enough. I run dual 19" CRTs at 1600x1200. I like lots of space.
     
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    That's like having two used condoms on your desk. One is embarrassing, but with a little work you can explain yourself.

    There's no defense for having two.
     
  17. Doc Brown

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    Yeah and don't forget that dirty little secret of lcd's.
    Dead pixels. :eek3:
     
  18. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh yeah, and don't get me started about how lcd's use synthetic
    methods to compensate for blurry edges.
    Read up on it. I didn't make this up.
     
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    red herring

    I see lots and lots of LCDs and rarely see enough dead/stuck pixels to notice. Maybe I'd find more if I carefully analyzed the panel from 1" away, but since that's not how LCDs are used in real life, there's no point.
     
  20. deusexaethera

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    I haven't seen a dead pixel on an LCD in four years. Maybe I'm just amazingly lucky.

    www.widowpc.com has a free tool (it's an mpeg movie, actually) that you can run on your screen to fix pixels that aren't dead, just stuck.
     
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    Whereas CRTs always have blurry edges. :rolleyes:

    An LCD running at its native resolution is far clearer than any CRT could hope to be. I have an $800 CRT at work and a $300 LCD at home, and the LCD is refreshing to look at when I get home.
     
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    :wtf:
     
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    So....anymore recommendations?
     
  24. Ronin

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    LCDs are the superior choice for computer monitors

    TVs are a different story ;)
     
  25. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I didn't mean at the edge of the screen, I mean the edges of items.
    Like I said, I didn't make it up. Lcd's have to use a highlighting kind of trick
    to enhance the edges of items.

    To a photographer that could be a pretty damned big deal.
    To a gamer?
    I ain't a gamer, so I couldn't say.
     

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