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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.
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.
> 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.
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]]
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.
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.
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]
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
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.
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?
I'm looking on the small side - somewhere in the 20" to 25" range. Maybe this: [link]
I ordered a Acer G257HU a few days ago
coming from 1080p, 1440 is beautiful, I can only imagine 4k...
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.
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.
Sure, here you go [link]
Same monitor, but it's brand new instead of refurbished. If that matters to you at all.
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.
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.
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 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.
Thanks. Couple of questions.
Only one on amazon that's under 300 USD. Its got some good reviews too.
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.
Thats what he went with and I haven't heard any complaints about it yet. not quite the 27inch you were looking for though
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.
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.
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?
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's the difference between this monitor and the Acer G257HU? This one says 1440p IPS display as well
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.
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
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?
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?
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.
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'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).
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 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.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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?
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]
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 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.
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.
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.
If you're willing to spend over $200, I think this one would be a better option than the one you linked:
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?
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.
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.
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...
What's the difference in that monitor vs this one? Just curious because it's slightly cheaper and looks to be about the same.
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]
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
What keyboard+mouse have you got? otherwise, I'd recommend a monitor, this looks fucking great for the price.
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.
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 :)
No worries. The prices in Switzerland are quite high :(
Edit: US prices seem high too - [link]
Am I looking at the wrong monitor?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I know you said 1080p but I just got this monitor and I love it. [link]
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.
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.
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.
This is the only answer
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.
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.
> Acer XB270hu
Or if you're willing to step down to 25" *and ditch 144hz, there's the Acer G2457HU for $280
I would go for Acer 1440p 25in monitor. Higher quality than Korean monitors and better pixel density.
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
Thoughts on this new Acer vs. QNIX? I heard QNIX's response times aren't the best. How is it with gaming?
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.
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.
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.
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'd rather take a 25" with IPS than a 27" with TN
Why would anyone get this when you can get a new Acer with the same specs? Acer has much better color accuracy as well. [link]
Yes I would get this Acer G257HU smidpx 25-Inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Widescreen Monitor [link]
THoughts on this monitor. Its $270 in cart after the discount code.
I have two 1440p monitors right now(These). I like to add a third monitor preferably 4k without breaking the bank.
Right now I have a 1080p, eventually looking to get a 1440p 60Hz
oh 1440p 75hz then [link]
Sounds good. This is the monitor I am currently using [link]
I'd go with this monitor ([link]) which is 1440p 144hz 25" and just 251US, then save about 50 bucks more and get this 1060 6gb, which is awesome for 1080p and usable for 1440p. ([link]). Still, I highly recommend sticking with 1080p which still looks great, will give you better performance and you'll save about a 100US dollars.
This is the monitor I currently use. [link]
Is there any monitor better than these ones at the same price? I know it's a vague noob question to ask but I read online that a higher resolution doesn't mean it has better image quality.
This monitor reaches my max size and max resolution. I'll be happy with a 2k monitor as well, i'm not looking for a 1080p monitor.
The monitor in the link is 4k, 1ms, Freesync, 60hz. Is this a bad combination? I've seen TONS of deals out there with 1080p 144hz specs, but doesn't 1080p seem a bit low resolution for monitors larger than 22" ??
This other monitor looks great as well.
I'm planning on using a 2nd monitor for my laptop (970m) that will help me do architecture programs, movie watching, and videogame playing. So I care a lot about image quality and performance. Let me know what you think.
Would this be fine?
how cheap? if you say 250, i will say get this acer g257hu. its a 25 in monitor and its great. i am 100% sure its the one i have. the only thing i dislike about it is no vesa mount so if thats important to you, look else where!
if you want a smaller/cheaper one, they have a 23 inch version for 205 usd.
There are plenty of 1440p monitors for under $300. This one's a 25" IPS panel with a really thin bezel for $250.
Here's a 27" IPS for $300 [link]
look at response time/input lag as well. 16:9 is pretty standard, but there are ultrawide options that are 21:9. 16:10 is a dying breed as far as I can tell.
Read reviews about color and viewing angles. Look up the pros and cons of TN, IPS, VA, PLS, etc.
I would recommend something like this for a good high fps uprgrade, and something like this for a good picture upgrade (1440p IPS)
links to both monitors if needed
Mine pretty stable, but I also have a mech keyboard that absorbs a lot on my manhandling of the keys lel.
1080P 144Hz: 1080P: [link] this one is very popular and good.
1440p 60Hz: [link]
dont know much about it, but is quite cheap.
Acer G257HU, maybe a bit above your budget but definitely worth saving for.
Assuming you are from USA:
There is a pretty good sale on Acer G257HU smidpx (1440p IPS panel) at Amazon (for $199).
Another good sale going on atm. is a Dell S2417DG (1440p 144Hz GSYNC) at Best Buy.
The type of monitor you should be looking at is either a 1440p IPS panel ~$200-$300 or a 1440p 144Hz TN panel for ~$400. GSync is a feature that usually costs +$100, but it is a nice feature to have.
Here are two pretty nice 1440p monitors from Amazon that aren't quite as expensive as other high quality monitors. They are also only 25 inches which I think is what you would prefer in size.
$250 1440p monitor
$330 1440p monitor
Im a fan if 1440p since I don't play competitively. In fact, I just ordered this today [link]
If you just want 1440p IPS, cant beat: [link]
Wait until it drops on sale to 230 or lower
25" 1440p 60hz IPS
Acer G257HU smidpx 25-Inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Widescreen Monitor
[link] is also good. Otherwise you can check out some 1080p 144hz monitors.
Just found this, 25", 'IPS' & 2k
Edit: Its not 144hz, thought it was too good to be true lol
Any advice on these monitors? I'd like to get into 1440 + 144hz.
I also don't have an amd video card, using 2 970s.
this one: [link]
I used something like that but I moved to this: [link]
Sorry to keep pestering you (and changing my mind on this) but what do you think between these two monitors? Is Acer a strong enough brand to hold up against these Dells? (I'd be getting two of either)
Acer G257HU 1440p IPS 60HZ ~ 259.99 US
ASUS MG279Q 1440p IPS 144HZ ~ 480.00 US
High refresh rates are awesome, and I'd say their worth it. However the cost is pretty high for two monitors to both have it.
This is 60Hz but you might be able to overclock it to 75Hz. It is IPS too so it should look great.
I actually did end up going that route. I went with this monitor though, [link]
Check out this monitor it is cheaper and uses the same ips 1440p panel. The main difference is that it doesn't have vesa mounting but you can purchase an adapter.
I have this monitor and it complements my Macbook Pro really well (even very similar color schemes). Not very expensive, and 1440p looks great compared to 1080p.
At $13 over budget this one would be great.
You can get a 25" 1440p 144hz Acer monitor (at least, I assume it's 144hz) for $250.
Acer G257HU (1080p model)
25" IPS 4ms response 1920x1080p
no displayport and kinda high ms, but not much.
for a gtx1070, I recommend a 1440p IPS monitor with no more than 5ms. 6 is workable, 7 is kinda going on the higher end.
something like this would be good:
if you don't mind refurb, this is good too
This is a 1440p 60hz monitor for ~$250 bucks. Out of the box, it does not fit VESA mounts. However, you can order Vesa mounts for them for an additional $63 per pair.
Both have prime shipping. The monitor (if you get the one linked) comes with a DVI cable, an HDMI cable, and a display port cable.
Here is a 25" Acer WQHD True 8-bit panel [link]
Well I only have a 670, But that will change to something like a rx 480. And it would be the difference between this and this
I have the R9 390 and I chose this Acer 2k monitor.
I've loved it.
That CPU is going to bottleneck anything reasonable past what you have, so I'd suggest a rebuild with a budget of around $900. Complete overhaul except case (which you may want to change, depends on what you have atm)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
You may want to get a new 1440p monitor like the Acer G257HU or ASUS PB258Q to take advantage of this GPU.
Otherwise, if you want to stay on the same platform, I'd recommend adding some more RAM (2x4GB kit of DDR3), a 240-256GB SSD, and an Rx 480 or GTX 1060 GPU. I'd also recommend a new PSU. This would cost you between $350 and $400 USD. However, your CPU will bottleneck your setup.
it is this one acer g257hu and no vesa mounting.
[link] This monitor is awesome, if you have no need for VESA mounting that is.
i have this monitor and I think it is going to be the best you're going to find for the price.
Thoughts on this monitor? Want 1440p with a slim bezel at a budget.
Thanks, yeah, my budget is more around $250. Right now I'm in between [link] for 1440 & IPS at $250 and [link] for freesync and low input lag at $210.
Not sure what I'll end up at between those two, unfortunately.
The one I got for 259 is IPS apparently but it is 60hz not gsync.
And unless you're a hardcore CS:GO player I probably wouldnt recommend 144Hz.
So how about this. 25 inch 1440P + 24 inch 1080p
That is $400 and I realize its on the high end of your budget, but that's about the minimum price if you want 1440p. If you want something cheaper I would still recommend my monitors I linked in the original reply. These things are beautiful.
is a 1440p monitor worth an extra $100 over a 1080p monitor? Gaming at 60 hz for both, and the most intensive game i'll be playing is overwatch on ultra. Will be getting either a 390 or a 1070. These are the two monitors I'm looking at:
> Acer G257HU
This one, right?
Here's mine in the sunlight
Any advantage of going with a Korean monitor over say this one? Or any other 1440p monitors on Amazon?
> DisplayPort cable into an HDMI port
Brand new monitors
I recently had the same decision to make. I chose 1440 & 60hz. I absolutely love my monitor.
Thanks :) [link] - I'm looking at this one, seems to fit your description.
Psu general recommendation is Evga p2/g2/gs/gq or a nice xfx/silverstone model. for a single 980ti loook for a 650w.
Here is a nice 1440p (2k) monitor
Ding ding ding!
I don't think I've seen a 24" 1440p IPS panel. I've seen a 25" in the form of the G257HU, if that works?
What's your opinion on this Acer one?
I have this and it's pretty good for the price, although certainly not the best you could get. I'm just putting it out there as a cheap option.
I bought mine for $250 but it was worth every penny
This is good. Nice 4ms input lag (anything under 5ms is good). IPS panel so it looks really nice. If you want the 1ms so you have no lag then
It's a TN panel though
Don't know your budget? But this is a 1440p Monitor (1.7 Times Pixels of Full HD for $250) [link]
Otherwise this 1080P for $179 is excellent too: [link]
or this for $130: [link]
One of these:
You can find even more options than this tbh, just google around man.
Just going to leave this here. [link] Edit: try this instead. Nice PPI and does 85hz refresh rate. Edit2: I have been told this monitor frame skips when overclocked over 60hz.
Have you considered going for a 25" QHD display? Worth it IMO. I've got the Dell, but this one looks pretty similar for $260: [link]
Just as a example here is this one
ips seems to fit in your price range
I saw that go up earlier today! Thoughts on it vs [link]
[link] Is what I went with. The stand is a bit wobbly and does not have VESA mounts, but otherwise a good monitor if you're on a budget.
I think I may get this monitor, thanks! But the only thing is that when I look up the monitor on Amazon, I see it has a silver bezel on the bottom but on the recertified website and Acer's official website it does not. I want the one with the silver on the bottom. Did the one you get from the Re-certified website have the silver on the bottom?
Would two of these monitors work?
You got a 1440p monitor just for your listening station?
If you're looking for a budget 1440p 25 inch monitor, this one is solid and cheaper, and it's also an IPS.
This works very well for me, and it's much cheaper. It's smaller than your options though...
There are plenty of good monitors out there with good color accuracy. Look for an IPS type monitor as they have great color even at an angle. Be warned though IPS glow is a real thing that can be noticeable on black screens but overall I think you will be happier with than rather than a TN or VA panel.
The Asus PB278Q and BenQGW2765HT are both well liked.
The Acer G257HU is also a good entry level 1440p monitor although it is only 25 inches which is smaller than you want.
EDIT: for some reason pcpartpicker is linking to the wrong amazon link for the acer one here is one with the correct price.
If you can still afford a 970/R9-390 after buying a monitor, this monitor is well reviewed.
Why would you get a PA249Q when you can get this for ~$200 less?
A Crossover 2795QHD is also a good choice, if you want a higher refresh rate.
Trying to decide what to get for Christmas. Budget is probably in the less than $400 range. I want a 1440p G-sync monitor but I figure that is probably out of my budget. So I am trying to decide if I should go with a 25" 1440p monitor without g-sync or a 24" 1080p monitor with g-sync. I'm upgrading from a regular 24" 1080p monitor (which I will probably keep for a dual monitor set-up). I would be fine with staying in the 24"-25" range.
So basically I'm trying to decide what is more important, higher resolution or g-sync. I like to play modern fps games as well as lots of other types of games, but I'm not really that competitive or anything, if that matters. I linked two possible monitors above but if you can suggest something better please let me know! Thanks.
Here is my build for reference (already built):
Specifically, this is the monitor I was thinking of:
Got it for another build, works great. The panel even looks a bit better than my $350 1440p monitor.
This one is 25".
That's the Acer. Keep in mind that's USD
This one has some pretty good reviews.
Edit: Found the same monitor for the uk that's available
could go with a more trustworthy brand as well. This one is an option: Acer
Best bang-for-buck non-gaming monitor on the market currently?
IPS, UHD, 4k, 1440p, curved, ultra-wide, etc. I'm out of the loop for non-gaming monitors. Preferably on the affordable end (or else I'd get the $1000+ curved Samsung). Size preference above 24" (27" seems like the sweet spot).
This one looks good: [link] but its a bit pricey.
HP Pavilion 27cw, I could get this for $200 CAD for Black Friday. Worth it? 1080p 27" IPS.
Just bought this: [link]
Acer G257HU, my bad.. [link]
how does this compare to the Acer G257HU smidpx?
Here is a 60hz 1440p monitor, if you want an overclockable one some of the Korean ones on eBay go for ~$275 often.
only one that comes to my mind would be this one [link]
Slightly cheaper and 1440p:
Generally cheaper equivalent monitor:
Assuming no overclocking, you don't need the aftermarket cooler. You'd be better off saving the money. everything else looks pretty good, would probably consider the R9 390 over the GTX 970 in the current state of things if you're buying this year.
Potential monitors: Acer 25" 1440p IPS, Acer 25" 1080p IPS, Asus 27" 1080p 144hz, Asus 23" 1080p IPS (note: i have both the first and last monitors i listed and both are great, the last asus is a little wobbly though)
Is a 25in slightly too small to see the difference between 1440p and 1080p? If it isn't, does it warrant an extra $100 since I'm deciding between this 1440p and this 1080p monitor.
This is for gaming and coding btw so I could use those extra pixels but not sure if worth it.
1415 + get a nice cpu fan ( I'm too lazy to look do it yourself)
Keep in mind that 1-2month eta basically invalidates the entire list... You shouldn't bother planning the computer until you're ready to buy the parts.
Easy. Acer G257HU $260 right now.
Other sub $300 are going to be the "cheap Korean" ones. They overclock well, but have a lot of dead pixels.
with that budget, i'm going to backtrack and recommend this
It is IPS and will play nice with a 980ti. High refresh displays at that price won't be a great panel and will have inferior iq.
This is a good resource
Here 1440p 25 inch. If you can afford a better gpu then get it. If not then ditch 970 and get r9 390, it's just better in almost every way.
Since you are upgrading, you should try to get both IPS and 1440p.
Acer G257HU is a 25" with those characteristics and with very nice reviews.
If you don't care about mounting, this acer is cheap and highly rated
this or [link]
1080p or 1440p?
I made the jump to 1440p and it will be pretty hard for me to go back.
The regular price of a 1440 is around $200-$400 for 60hz, a 144hz is around $700-$800. But the monitor you have there is alright for what you need, you might want one with 1ms response instead of 5ms response time. [link] there's a 1080 1ms
and here is a 1440 that I would eventually look to get
Acer has a reasonably priced entry-level 1440p monitor (25"). 4ms response time at 60Hz is not too bad. It's at the lower end of your budget, so you won't be hurting there.
If IPS panels are more your speed (better color reproduction, wider viewing angles, but slightly slower response times) then Dell has their UltraSharp. It's a bit more pricey, likely due to the panel type.
And if you come into some money or want to splurge, there are the G-sync monitors. I've had my eye on ASUS's offering. 1440p, 144Hz, 1ms response time.
Edit: Fallout kind of guy? Buy the Dell UltraSharp. IPS panels, FTW.
Amazon does a great job with their customer service, so if it's DOA you'll get your money back and you can buy another. Unfortunately they're not usually the cheapest option. When I look for parts I'll check out where part picker says they're the cheapest. So if it's newegg or Amazon or another reputable source I'll go with that. Personally I love Amazon, but their pricing is a bit high on gpus.
As for the CPU, I just called it a 47xxk card because I honestly couldn't remember what the last two digits of the card you listed ( on mobile). But the 4790k is just so far beyond overkill for gaming that is becomes wasted. Think using sli Titan x's for minecraft. What the 4790k is good for is streaming or compiling, things that require a workhorse of a CPU. The 4690k is a minor step down from the 4790k but it will still perform super well for games. I believe the actual difference between the two is that the 4790k fully supports hyperthreading and the 4690k has some.
Back to the gpus, I totally am all for nvidea cards. But at the $330 mark the 390 is just better performance for the dollar. This might change when nvidea releases new and better drivers. Dunno though.
That being said, if you find a great deal like the 970 for $270 jump on that like it's a grenade. If you can get your budget to allow a $600-$650 card definitely go for the 980ti over the fury x. This is simply because the 980ti performs better, though if you find a stellar deal on the fury x go for that. They're very close, like the same gap between the 970 and the 390 (unless I'm misremembering the linustechtips video I watched the other day).
The monitor is super super super sleek looking:)
My only annoyance with it is that it cannot be over clocked and is only a 60hz monitor.
This Acer G257HU smidpx 25-Inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Widescreen Monitor [link] on the other hand can be over clocked to 75 or 85 hz. Which just means that above 60 fps on the first monitor I suggested you may get some tearing, while the second one won't start tearing until above 75-85 fps.
But again we are talking 1440p and a single 390 or 970 won't max out all the games and get above those refresh rates, but if you get the second monitor you have an extra $100 or so to put into a gpu which means the 980ti which means you'll get those frame rates. (That last sentence was brutal)
I think that's everything you asked about, lemme know if you have any more questions or concerns or comments :)
Between this Acer and this Dell, which would you suggest? Keep in mind that the leftover money (when below 2000) will continue to go to parts.
Thanks for the answer.
I heard that this Acer G257HU ([link]) is a low cost version of the Dell U2515H ([link]) wich looks better than the U2415.
What do you think?
I think 1440p would be a great in between option for you.
Here's a good entry level 1440p monitor
You may also consider getting a g-sync ready monitor which would pair excellently with your GPU. Read up on them and see if it sounds interesting to you. Pretty much eliminates screen tears and stuttering. The prohibitive price for g-sync + 1440p means 1080p would be more in a reasonable price range.
this one is a little smaller, but with comparable specs and comes recommended by the 144hzmonitors.com buyer's guide
> If you want 144hz 1440p on an IPS display, expect that to be your average budget
How do you make sense of this then. It sounds like a steal.
Here you are, sah. A white 1440p ready tower. The LED fans may be red, but you can replace them at little extra cost. All prices include shipping. Total should reflect all you should need to plunk down for it.
If you prefer 16gb of RAM to help with all that multitasking, I would suggest something like this:
As far as monitors go, I might go with these:
This is what im buying. The price is amazing
This one will have no dead pixels and if something is wrong, Amazon will replace it.
If I'm on a ~21 inch at 1080, go with 970, but if I were to, say, get this I might want the 980Ti?
There are definitely some good options for 1440p in this price range, especially if you go for a 25 inch instead of 27, of course the drawback to 1440p being that anything above 60hz will be extremely expensive. Here are some 25inch 60hz 1440p displays:
I've heard that the <strong>Acer G257HU</strong> monitor has a great panel, with the only drawback being a subpar stand, but it's definitely worth looking into.
The <strong>Dell UltraSharp U2515H</strong> monitor has been recomended to me as being similar to the acer, but with a better stand
this one isn't too expensive.. i'm getting it :P
warning.. no vesa mounts if you're into that
Here the 25: Acer G257HU smidpx 25-Inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Widescreen Monitor [link]
Trying to find the 27.
I've been looking at this one for a little while.
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Get a 970 instead of a 980
For your HDD Get anything western digital and make sure it's 7200 rpm
Here you go.
Cool, thanks for the input! I'll probable end up buying this monitor once it releases, depending on reviews.
I currently use an Acer G257HU smidpx as my main monitor and I love it.
Yeah. Here's a $250 1440p IPS freesync monitor. I agree with your assessment.
And let's not compare it to the supposed sale price of $350, but to its actual listed price. Unless some kind of confirmation can be shown...
I don't play many frantic/twitch aim fps shooters on my pc. Might if be worth jumping to 1440p @ 60Hz rather than 1080p @ 144?
Something like this maybe? [link]
£200 = $243
This costs exactly $243 :
This is a bit more than you were asking for, but you get a healthy bump in resolution for your money (1440p) and its IPS. I own it and its a lot of bang-for-your-buck.
Edit - ignore me, I thought he was asking about gaming monitors in general, not ones specifically for the xbox one.
Do not think so.
1440p 60hz. lower ms (better for gaming) and an IPS panel (pretty colors/viewing angles)
Plus it is a lot cheaper. Also...
Here is an overclockable monitor that can go above the 60hz.
Anything 1440p 144hz is rather exspensive but for general guide
If your willing to go just $50 higher, you can check out the Acer G257HU. Its a 25 inch screen, 1440p, and IPS!
yeah but I've seen this Acer monitor at $249 for 1440p which is why I'm so adamant about 1440p since a lot of 1080p monitors are around this price and most 1440p monitors are way more expensive.
You can get this Acer for $280.
EDIT: Also not 144hz.