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time for a new monitor

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by pissedoffsol, Feb 9, 2005.

what should B do?

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  1. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    my 1998 17" crt is starting to annoy me. time to upgrade. :)

    i have a geforce 128mb 8x AGP video card with both digital and anaolg outputs (as well as s-video), so thats not an issue.

    I'm thinking 19 or 20" lcd.

    i would REALLY like to get a wide screen monitor. i love widescreen. scrolling down is ok- scrolling left to right sucks :)

    but, my video card's resolution isn't cut out for it i dont think.

    my max settings are 1280x768, 1280x960, and 1280x1024....which means i would probably ahve to run the first, 1280x768 to not make everythign oblong.

    if i remember right, a 19 or 20" lcd has its oem resolution in the 1600 territory for width.


    so,

    option a: spend a shit load of money
    upgrade mother board to a pci-e style
    get a 256 wide-screen designed video card
    monitor
    wide screen lcd

    option b: spend a lot of money
    upgrade video card to 8x agp that supports widescreen resolutions
    widescreen lcd

    option c: spend some money
    keep vid card
    buy wide screen lcd, deal with the lack of a good resolution option

    option d: spend a little less money
    keep vid card
    buy normal 4:3 lcd

    option e: spend no money.
    i have a perfectly functioning monitor... i'm just a snob like that...

    i don't really have a budget at this point... i'm kinda just pricing some things out and seeing where they fit into my plan.
    i've got 2k coming to me from left over parts that i have a deposit on in a week or so... and probably about the same from tax returns.
    at the same time, the hatch needs suspenion ($1500) brake upgrade ($1000), and some ao32r's (750) so that i can rule street mod this season :) (god willing of course :) )
    so, most of that is already "spent"

    other than that, im not "hurting" but i really don't want to blow a G on a new monitor when the one i have works perfectly fine.... its just, well, old, and i'm a Snob like that :D but i kinda want one :D

    uses- i NEVER watch movies on my computer. i have a 42" plasma for that :)
    i rarely watch divx movies on my computer either-- unless its porn :D lol i really don't do a lot of video.

    my main want for the wider/bigger monitor is that i i like to keep a lot of things running- and things that have multiple columns- like outlook (even though i don't use it) has its three colum setup with a certain preview mode) it would just give me some more room.

    i dunno... thoughts?

    links to some good deals? companies?
     
  2. nfn15037

    nfn15037 Senior Member

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    I picked up an 19 inch Sony LCD a few months ago on closeout at Best buy, it was over $100 off with no box, ran me about $449 and its got DVI input and 2x VGA inputs. I run it off an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro w/256 and it is freaking perfect, so beautiful. All I do with it is surf the web and write assembly language on it, so I can relate on the being a computer snob thing :D I don't need it, but I have it in case I do! FWIW, I love the setup, and it is easier on my eyes than my old 100 lb 21" CRT IMO. I really love the extra desk space the most, gives me room for more papers and junk. :p
     
  3. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    You can "upgrade" the video card with only $100 and still get slightly better performance than you have now but with higher resolutions.... which card do you have anyway? My Ti4200 supports 1920x1200.
     
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    dohch22a4 Senior Member

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    I voted for the biggest, baddest setup to have.

    Why? Because it isn't my money. :D
     
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    b16ahatch Senior Member

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    if you game or anything like that then i would stay away from the lcd's, to much ghosting.
     
  6. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    no. the most i play for games is poker or chess online.
    i have 2 games for the ps2..... and they both came with the system. that, and it hasn't been hooked up in about a year (only to be re-hooked when gt4 comes out) :)

    so, no, no games, no movies, just regular old use....
     
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    um.....have you ever gammed on an LCD??? I'm pretty hardcore into CounterStrike and I play on a sony 17" LCD and it works PERFECTLY. I think that if you are having problems, you are using a shitty screen. I would never go back to CRT ever after having this baby. Doesn't hurt my eyes anymore...and it was free :ph34r: (steeling from one's parents is tits y0!)


    Oh yeah, and for B, Just get a normal 4:3 AR screeen if you plan on doing browsing and whatnot...unless you are getting the new Radeon x8** something card that supports dual dual-dvi, and get an apple 30" widescreen :D
     
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    my ti4400 is pretty close to urs cal- i spent a grand total of 75 bucks from a local pc shop was clearancing - also have a gforcefx - forgot model but match card to ur board always to mix and match and hope for proformance -
     
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    I have a 17" NEC lcd, standard 4x3. Runs at 1280x1024, and I have never had to scroll sideways (except when some asshat posted a huge image on a forum). Bought mine for 400 a couple years ago, not sure what they run now.
     
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    I voted option B. Reasons being The agp bus is fine, we are not even close on maxing it out so going pci-e and spending all that money makes no sense to me. Just my .02
     
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    Hell, I paid about $300 for my Ti4200 when it came out- but that was 3 years ago. It's time for an upgrade....
     
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    i have a Ti4200 too :) but ive had my computer for 2 years, and i need to upgrade my monitor. i see all these different brands but i dont know whats shit and whats good. i just want a regular 4:3 17" LCD monitor. i can get a hookup at best buy but the hardest thing is choosing something i like, something thats good, and something relitively cheap. i also want to use the DVI if possible. are all LCD's DVI capable? cause some of them dont even say how they hook up.
     
  13. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Not all have DVI inputs.

    Go hit up Newegg and browse through what they have- hell, even BB's web page has pretty detailed specs. Get something with a response time of 16ms at the slowest, and look for either DVI or dual DVI/VGA inputs. You should be able to find a good 17 with those specs for under $300 retail. Read the reviews on Newegg too, then use your discount to get it cheap at the store.
     
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