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Thanks for the input. Unfortunately right now, contrast ratio is really a priority for me. Switching over from even my iPhone 7 at 1700:1 to my monitor at 1000:1 really is a revelation of how much it matters. All of the monitors you suggested are at about 1000:1
Hell, The Witcher 3 looks better on my PS4 on my TV than my 1000:1 monitor on PC at Ultra settings simply because of how much brighter the highlights are when I set the backlight to an acceptable level so the blacks aren’t grey. It’s really far more lifelike than at a lower contrast ratio, when it just looks like you’re looking at a picture printed on a sheet. My monitor right now looks like a music video from about 5 years ago in comparison. And I have the HDMI RGB range set to the full 0-255, too.
That said, both my TV and iPhone are at about 1600:1 contrast ratio and the iPhone is IPS. Which says to me that IPS screens at the top end really can be good enough. The only 1440p IPS monitor I’ve found, however, that has a good contrast ratio is this Acer one: [link] and that has a whole host of issues.
I’m really wondering why monitor manufacturers aren’t making higher contrast IPS displays. I would gladly pay a premium even for a 1500:1 IPS monitor. It’s really a travesty that these manufacturers are calling 1000:1 a high contrast ratio when Apple is putting 120 hz IPS panels at higher resolutions on their iPad pros that can do 600 nits and a 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a True Tone feature to boot.
Nothing wrong with a TN panel, I doubt most gamers play at angle or in an environment where they are going to have direct sunlight shining on the screen. 5 minutes to find 4 ms is not bad for a $280 monitor.
And response time is not just about how fast the image is displayed and a persons reaction time, response time is the amount of time it takes for a monitor to change the specific image on the screen to the next frame. Play high pace games such as online FPS for example having a 8ms+ response time and playing at full resolution the person will notice blurring, and artifacts as such. This can be disorientating and make for a really bad gaming experience. Thats not even taking into consideration input lag and network lag.
So yes if someone is going to spend the money on a niche gaming setup, i wouldn't recommend a monitor as with such a high response time.
I'm trying to find more info on this Acer G257HU. It's 2560x1440 for $279, but I can't seem to find much info or a release date.
Another option if you'd like a namebrand, non-lottery monitor is a 25 inch, 60HZ, 1440p monitor, like the Acer G257HU. Gives you the benefit of the higher resolution for under $300, with the only tradeoff being the slightly decreased real estate.
The price will jump up to 350 after preordering is over. It comes from amazon though so If something is wrong with it they have a no questions asked return policy.
Thoughts on this new Acer vs. QNIX? I heard QNIX's response times aren't the best. How is it with gaming?
Well that's not future proofing :) I personally don't like that word but whatever.
I still would encourage you to get a higher resolution display. 1440p looks way better than 1080p. If you don't want a 27in display then you can order this one but it may take some time
I personally compared 144hz Asus vs 1440p IPS display and in my opinion higher resolution and IPS colors of 1440p is superior, if you can run it, which you easily can with 2 980s
I would go for Acer 1440p 25in monitor. Higher quality than Korean monitors and better pixel density.
> Acer XB270hu
Or if you're willing to step down to 25" *and ditch 144hz, there's the Acer G2457HU for $280
they have this screen in 1440p i own it and its pretty awesome
the minimalist bezel looks great, about 1 centimeter of black around the edges. the stand does kinda suck and it doesnt have VESA, but i like it.
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More people should consider that monitor.
I have been using this monitor for a month+, started using IPS monitors like 5 years ago and it's impossible to go back (think mechanical keyboards)
25" and 1440p IPS looks amazing in games, you will probably not be needing any AA with this monitor but you better go with a 980 or an R9 390X.
You don't have to be gaming competitively to really enjoy a 144Hz monitor.
As for 1440p, this Acer one is on sale and it's probably one of the best you can get for that price. It doesn't have vesa mounts though. You could just do what I did and get permanent mounting tape and just stick it to the mount. It worked out well for one of my monitors.
Wait until after the 16th to buy the GPU because who knows what AMD is going to have.
Otherwise, you're options are 290x or 970. I suggest looking up reviews/fps in certain games. I'd buy whichever is on sale at the time for 1080p.
check /r/buildapcsales a lot.
Also, since you are spending ~$300 on the GPU instead of $400, you may want to put a little more money on the monitor?
For the monitor here are the basic options.
You can go super cheap, 1080p,60hz,tn,23" for anywhere from $100-140 depending on sales.
You can add IPS in for $130-200 depending on sales and IPS quality apparently.
I've also seen $200 1080p,tn,144hz if you'd rather that.
this 1440p IPS went for $250 a few days ago.
Here's a cheaper one The stand is quite disappointing and it doesn't have VESA mounts, but it is quite a lower cost and the screen is IPS.
For the GPU, the 270x would probably be 30-40 fps on more demanding games if I had to guess.
I know you said 1080p but I just got this monitor and I love it. [link]
To sum it up refresh rate is basically how much fps your monitor can display. IF you have a 60hz panel but your game is running at 130 your only seeing 60 and your just stressing your hardware. The monitor you have is really bad for the budget you have if your willing to blow 1.6k you will want atleast a 1440P monitor. That is 2560x1440. [link] this is a great 1440p monitor for a good price.
Acer G257HU smidpx 25-Inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Widescreen Monitor
A lot of good reviews and got it cheaper than listing price on a sale. Pretty awesome.
Then as far as the next monitor I was thinking about the Acer predator or the ROG swift but in no way should I try to afford that at once and I'm waiting for the price to drop a bit. That's what I'm wanting to get the 980ti sooner then around the winter I will sell my monitor (Christmas craigslist!) and upgrade if I see fit.
I will be fine with the monitor on my 970 today, but all that is my goal to upgrade then my battle station will be complete!
I'm going to give it time to see what new comes out as well.
That's a 60hz IPS panel, so not really comparable. It also doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. But if all of that is fine with you then you should check out the Acer G257HU for a lot cheaper.
That's an insanely awesome monitor! I had been looking at this Acer monitor for a while as I'm a little hesistant to drop $700+ on a screen right now, but I would likely go with that one if I do.
No worries. The prices in Switzerland are quite high :(
Edit: US prices seem high too - [link]
Am I looking at the wrong monitor?
I think the 2nd one looks great. I might go for a cheaper 1440p monitor that somebody else recommended, and wait around for a good gsync one to go on sale as well.
That, along with this hardware, would bring my total down to about $1720 - 100 gift card...which sounds pretty awesome to me :)
I'm still trying to figure out if I'm going to want to overclock my GPU...but that one already looks like it comes pre-OC if I'm not mistaken, so maybe it's fine as is? If I wanted to OC, would the first mobo I chose work fine for that? Or would you recommend another one (since I probably won't use SLI in the future)?
By the way, thanks so much for all the help though, man. You're helping me put the final touches on this, and I'm hoping I'll be ready to order this tomorrow if I can figure out the mobo/OC situation :)
Well, 1440 is something like 70% more pixels than 1080. I imagine that pixel density is a factor in the extra cost.
This doesn't do adaptive sync or anything but is a perfectly "good" monitor. I got it for 250 a couple of months back. It's higher right now but still under 400.
What keyboard+mouse have you got? otherwise, I'd recommend a monitor, this looks fucking great for the price.
What games are you going to playing? as well, if you play games that you don't run at say, >100FPS, 144hz wouldn't give a huge benefit.
Edit : Oh, and what about this? it's also seemingly IPS.
The 390 is equipped with a whopping 8gigs of vram, which should mean that it can handle higher resolutions.
The price jump from 1080 to 1440 is quite large.
According to Pcpartpicker.com, the cheapest 1440p monitor is $260.
I think you will be making use of the 144hz with the GPUs you have.
But if you don't mind it that much, one of the best 1440p monitors out there with a great price is the Acer G257HU
Regarding the first point, I'm not sure if it is or not. I haven't been into computer gaming in a long time. If I don't play a ton of FPS games, and spent quite a bit of time for non-gaming things, would a 1440p monitor be a better choice? Something like [link], or another entry-level 1440p monitor?
Not an expert but something like this [link] is a good start and then start looking at what's important for you like refresh rate for fps games or ips panel or larger screen size.
I'm not sure what courses are? Is that construction related? School related?
If your computers can handle it, and drawing this conclusion from you needing two monitors, I assume you need as much real-estate for your work as possible?
This Acer 2560x1440 is under $300. The higher resolution and better viewing angles of IPS might help you out a bit.
I think its a great build but you're getting the same monitor I have, which is a great monitor but your build is way overkill for 1080p. I'd at least get a 1440p monitor with that beast build. Just going to link this for example [link]
What's the difference in that monitor vs this one? Just curious because it's slightly cheaper and looks to be about the same.
Everything is ordered. Thanks! Just an FYI, I got the monitor on Amazon because its actually cheaper and I have Prime. Not sure why this price wasn't reflected on PCPartPicker...
These Korean monitors have good screens for a good price, but have very shoddy build quality with weak and wobbly stands. They also tend to have a lot of "IPS glow"
The warranties also tend to be short, and outside of the US, so sending one to be repaired could take weeks because it would have to be shipped overseas.
1440p, IPS, 25", and a better warranty.
I bought the Acer G247HI it's 25inch 1440p. I have to say it's amazing it is matte as well but the stand isn't built well but that doesn't bother me. The screen itself is really beautiful I don't regret buying it.[link]
Sorry for bad format writing all this on a phone doesn't help.
This is pretty much what I have been looking for. Now I'm wondering though, what would be a better value, this, or this Acer I found on Amazon? Also, how much of a loss would it be to get a monitor without G-Sync/Freesync? How significant are the changes those bring to the table?
If you're willing to spend over $200, I think this one would be a better option than the one you linked:
Anyone have any comments on Acer G257HU? It seems the stand is iffy, but i generally sit a little lower than the monitor anyway so its slight tilt shouldn't be too much of an issue, lack of vesa mount kind of sucks, but overall it seems pretty good. Can anyone comment on the quality of the panel? Anyone used it for console gaming? I understand it will not use the 1440p res for this, just curious how 1080 looks when not native really.
I was on the same boat a few weeks ago looking for a monitor along with a new build. I ordered one from amazon. At this moment, the monitor is plugged into ASUS laptop w/ 745M .
1440p. around ~55 fps in Wow.
I was on the same boat as you were last week. I pulled the trigger on Acer 25" 1440p. Arrived to my house a few days ago and I was very satisfied with it.
In addition to having really low pixel density, my current monitor is rather...large. I'd like 27" for programming, but for gaming and reading I think I'd like it to be smaller. I can't see the whole thing at once. And smaller = more pixel density. And more desk space.
25" is really pretty big for a monitor, anyway - most people seem to be using 21.5-23" 1080p. And this thing is really f'ing cheap. Actually, all the 25" ones are cheaper than their 27" brethren.
I picked up an Acer G257HU for $250 on Amazon a few months back and love it. It's only 60hz but if you want 1440p with 144hz that's gonna cost you more than double. I highly recommend this monitor. Link [link]
Just got a new monitor a few weeks ago for a dual monitor set up. I've noticed that sometimes the screen randomly goes black and to fix it I need to turn off the monitor and turn it back on again. This only happens once every few days usually, so it is not super annoying, but it's still kind of weird. Any idea why this might happen and if there is a way to fix it?
IPS is super awesome. I edit video and colour accuracy is really important, and IPS is amazing at that. Combined with good viewing angles and good brightness, I'd get IPS. Totally worth the refresh rate sacrifice. But it is totally a matter of preference. If you want to be ultra edgy, get an ultrawide ips. The Acer G257HU is an excellent monitor. It's not ultrawide but it's 1440p. Cheers!
They'll both have extremely similar performance, but the one with the 6600K should have slightly better performance. I would DEFINITELY suggest switching one or both of those hard drives for an SSD, that will VASTLY improve your load times and generally make your life easier. I would also ditch the fan controller, disk drive, and peripherals and invest that money in a nicer monitor. Get a cheap keyboard and mouse until you can afford good ones. I recently bought this monitor and the extra performance you get is certainly worth the price. I have the 390 too, and it doesn't have much trouble running almost every game at decent settings.
There are a few 1440 monitors, what features do you want?
Ips, tn panel? VESA mount? G-sync/free sync? Matte/glassy finish? Size?
An inexpensive 1440, 25" monitor is the Acer G257HU. No VESA or sync. But it's an awesome monitor. I have one and plenty of others can vouch for it
I think that one's ok, though I haven't found it recommended much from gaming sites, which doesn't necessarily mean that much. The Acer G257HU seems like another good option too.
Just got a new monitor just a little over a month ago for a dual monitor set up. I've noticed that sometimes the screen randomly goes black (but the blue light in the corner indicating the monitor is on stays lit) and to fix it I need to turn off the monitor and turn it back on again. This happens maybe 2 or 3 times a day (it used to be less frequent a few weeks ago) so it is not super annoying, but it's still kind of weird and mildly annoying. Any idea why this might happen and if there is a way to fix it? The monitor is hooked up to the PC via Display Port but I don't have another Display Port cable to test it with right now.
Well all the monitors Im considering are 144hz...so its not the refresh rate that differs, its the resolution/size that differs. All the higher res (1440p) monitors are 27 inches. There seems to be one Acer monitor thats 1440p thats 25 inches: [link]
After about an hour with this MG278Q, I'm thinking 27 inches is overkill.
I have a pretty similar desk space/setup at my apartment (smaller desk, Mid 2014 13" Retina.) I went with a 25" Acer monitor that compliments the colors of the MacBook really well: Acer G257HU.
It has 1440p resolution so it'll match the MacBook's resolution if you're using it at the highest available setting. It has great viewing angles since it's an IPS display and the colors are gorgeous. The only downsides I can think of are that it is not adjustable (I haven't personally found this to be an issue at all) and the built-in speakers are pretty awful quality (I have some plug-ins but generally use my MacBook speakers.)
This is one that I was going to get a while back, but realized a GTX 970 wasn't going to be able to push this. So I sacrificed 1440p for 1080p/144hz. If you do decide to get this monitor, let me know how it is.
I'm looking into monitors, and I think I want to get this monitor as my main monitor for gaming. I want a 1440 monitor, but should I spend more to get a better monitor? I'm putting together parts for my first build and I want a monitor that can really max out what my PC will be capable of. (For reference, I'm looking at spending around $1,200 on my build not including the monitor).
Would this be a good pick for me?
I have around $250 to invest in a decent monitor. My GPU is a 390X and I currently am using my old 720p monitor. Any suggestions on a decent quality screen? Newegg is full of them but I don't see a lot of reviews on the ones I'm looking at or any reviews at all in most cases so I'm assuming not to go with them.
I know I can handle 1080 easily but would this GPU be capable of 1440 at 60fps? I mainly play RPGs so I don't need the craziest speed, just would love to have that glorious hi definition experience.
Thanks and cheers
I bought this last year:
I bought with a 390 gpu upgrade and it's been pretty awesome. For the price I'm happy with 1440p at 60fps, considering that with my GPU I probably couldn't get it much higher. Very happy with the purchase.
OK, for example, the Acer G257HU is at a solid 5,600 MXN, so it gets out of budget for now. Aside from this one, most QHD monitors are ranging from 7,000 to 10,000. Are these prices points normal, or should I start cursing the resellers?
Yeah it is a tough call between the i5 and i7, well I thought they would overclock to about the same but the i7 would still have an edge? I was looking into the 1440 and 144 hz monitors but their prices are quite high. I found some at $400 but they average about $550 and that's a bit steep for a monitor at the moment. However I did find some decent 1440 60 hz, which seems fine to me since I don't do a lot of competitive gaming besides LoL. Overwatch is just for fun. I found this one "[link]" however it does have some negative reviews about the stand being bad, and all of the other monitors being at $350 is a bit expensive for a monitor. Is it really worth it to go for one? If so do you have any recommendations?
oh okay gotcha, this monitor is pretty cheap and 1440p and ips for good colors, which will alow for a more expensive gpu, 150 dollar gpu will not handle 1440p. i would reccomend an r9 390 if your psu is up to the task or a gtx 970 if not, even though it would be out of 500 bucks, it is really the starting point for 1440p unless you are playing less demanding games in which case a 380/380x would be good.
you can probably find some cheap 970s used now that pascal is coming
What's the difference between this monitor and the Acer G257HU? This one says 1440p IPS display as well
I have the 25in Acer G257HU and it's been great for gaming. The colors are really nice and the screen size is perfect for my desk. No VESA mount, but people have posted homemade workarounds for this. [link]
Btw, I got it on the Acer recertified store. Other than shitty packaging on their end, no problems so far and I've had it since January.
What would you recommend in place of the 950? The 960 looks to be able to play 1440p Ovewatch on "epic" at ~40 FPS . Assuming I bump down to a 1440p or 1080p monitor. I would look at something like this.
Also, can't I just run 1080 straight onto a 4k monitor and have it scale up nicely for gaming?
Okay, thank you. I have some other minor questions, First i found this monitor Amazon! and was wondering if it would be a better choice also would i need any tools or screws if it doesn't come with it already. I only have a screwdriver and the basics.
If you're spending that much on a computer, I'd get a 1440p monitor, or a 1080p 144Hz monitor. You can get an IPS 1440p monitor for $263 on Amazon right now.
Also, what's up with the 500GB Caviar Black? If you get rid of it, you can bump your SSD up to 500GB for pretty much the same price.
Thats what he went with and I haven't heard any complaints about it yet. not quite the 27inch you were looking for though
Well I own an ASUS monitor and while it's a TN panel the colors (IMO) are very nice and I like it a lot.
It's slightly above budget but you can go for something like this It's a 25" QHD monitor with an IPS panel. It has fairly decent reviews and 25" should make images really sharp (higher pixel density and stuff).
There's not much else I could find in that price range, maybe someone else might find something.
Thanks. Couple of questions.
Only one on amazon that's under 300 USD. Its got some good reviews too.
I personally think what Dell does best is their monitors. I've used plenty of UltraSharp monitors for general use as well as gaming; the build quality is always great, the colors are good, and I love the thin bezels.
The 1070 is a fantastic card and the one I own, and, in my opinion, I think it's really geared more towards 1080p 144Hz and 1440p 60Hz. A good 1440p, IPS panel at 60Hz would work just fine for you. You won't have to worry much about screen tearing if you cap your games at 60Hz using V-sync. V-sync adds a little input lag, but I wouldn't worry about it unless you're a seriously competitive gamer, which you said you're not. G-sync with Nvidia cards is great to have and I love it, but it really shines with a 144Hz+ monitor in cases where your card might not reach such high framerates consistently. At 1440p, reaching 144Hz is particularly demanding.
I always did find that UltraSharps are a bit pricier than other similar monitors, but I didn't mind paying the premium for the quality and since I like to use my monitors for years. If you don't mind dropping down to 25", though, here's a solid 1440p 60Hz monitor for close to half-ish what the Dell costs. There's also Dell's U2515H for a bit more.
If you want to save some money go with 1440p and a 1070 with a z170 board and an i5 6600k CPU, 16 gigs of ram a gold+ psu and a case without a window, that will probably get you to about 900 bucks for 60+ fps 1440p ultra on aaa titles like bf1 and gta v
Edit: monitor would be this [link]
I recommend this monitor as I personally own it and have been happy thus far. Its a little over what you want, but a couple days ago it was on sale around $235-240 since my friend bought it. My only gripe is the lack of mounting holes.
Honestly, I'm just looking for the cheapest IPS 1440p monitor I can find. So, I keep an eye on that sub and pcpartpicker (search for monitors, filter down to 1440p resolution and check "yes" for IPS, sort by price).
This is what I've been looking at recently, as it's the cheapest new one I've seen. I've seen cheaper for re-certified or refurbished models though.
Sure, here you go [link]
Same monitor, but it's brand new instead of refurbished. If that matters to you at all.
This is what I'm looking at. I too am in the market for a 1440p monitor and this seems to be perfect. 2560x1440, IPS and 25'' is nice. I wonder if there are any problems that would occur after months of use seeing as how this is such a great deal.
EDIT: It also has an almost non existent bezel so that's a bonus. Also be aware that this is not a 144hz monitor but a 60hz one. 144hz 1440p IPS monitors cost quite a bit much more.
Might want to do more research on this monitor to look for how good it is but it is a 1440p 60hz IPS at 25in. I know it's a little bit out of your price range but it's an option.
I ordered a Acer G257HU a few days ago
coming from 1080p, 1440 is beautiful, I can only imagine 4k...
I'm looking on the small side - somewhere in the 20" to 25" range. Maybe this: [link]
Cheers for the help, but I can't help but notice that the Cryorig has a lower CFM than the one in the current build, is that bad? I linked this monitor below, is this good?
If you are fine with 60 Hz, this is likely your best bet. If you are looking for higher than 60 Hz, you will likely not find such a product for that price.
Thanks for the well thought out response. Should I also wait till I upgrade my hardware to upgrade my monitor to 1440p, or is that something I can currently do? I had my eye on the Acer G257HU
Let's talk monitors. Reading online is confusing to say the least. I'm looking to play a mix of FPS, WOW, etc.
Resolution, refresh, response, IPS, etc gets overwhelming.
I'll run a 1070 and am wanting dual monitors. Is something like this reasonable or overkill for my needs?
Acer G257HU smidpx 25-Inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Widescreen Monitor [link]
And lastly back to my build, any tweaks to what you posted? I was gonna be more up around 1800 but it doesnt look like ill get much more out of the $300 boost aside from using the 1080 ti.
*[link] Looking at this for a starting monitor yay nay? Id like 2 of something suggestions? Or 1 nice one now 2nd later works too.
The 1060 6Gb was running like $310+ everywhere I found it, so good find. The Monitor is the Acer G257HU, [link]
If the build you posted doesn't have compatibility issues, it seems like a great alternative. One of my major fears in this project is buying components that won't interface
I could probably spend 320 max on it, if you think the improvements aren't just marginal.
Was looking at this, is it a decent deal?
Realized 1440p wasn't really doable at 250.
What do you think about this monitor? Even though it is not a 144hz monitor it has IPS (I love to do photoshop) and it's within my budget. [[link]]
> Before you ask; the reason I'm going for 3 monitors is because right now, I often have moments where 2 monitors just doesn't give me enough space.
Thats why I said two 2k monitors. It's essentially 3 1080p monitors that take less power and less outputs. And my r9 280 had no issue driving that at 60fps.
And they aren't that expensive. I have two of these, and they regularly go for $200.
Also, as a software dev... 3 monitors is nice, but honestly its overkill as two is perfectly fine too.
I amy be going off topic here but have you thought about 1440p ips? I got the Acer G257hu two years ago and it has really been a champ. Looks super sharp and colors are a lot better than a TN panel.