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      12-04-2018, 10:26 AM   #1
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Question Help me buy a new PC monitor

I'm lost in the sea of options here, looking for something that can solidly dual-purpose gaming and photo editing in the sub-$500USD range.

Preferred specs include:
  • 27"
  • 75-144hz
  • 1ms or near to it
  • G-Sync would be great but not needed
  • 1440p
  • Solid color accuracy and brightness

Let me know what you use, why you love/hate it, or if you have any other suggestions.
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What GPU do you have?
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This is what I have. It’s been pretty great so far.

https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell...or-accessories

It’s a little over 500 but I got mine on sale for around 500. If you look around you may be able to find a deal.

edit: its only 440 on amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Gaming-S...=dell+sg2716dg

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Been very happy with my Predator monitor. If you can find a good deal on it, I would jump on it.
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This is what I have. It’s been pretty great so far.

https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell...or-accessories

It’s a little over 500 but I got mine on sale for around 500. If you look around you may be able to find a deal.

edit: its only 440 on amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Gaming-S...=dell+sg2716dg
TN panel on the Dell for that price is terrible imo. IPS is the way to go.
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I recently upgraded to 34 Ultrawide Alienware AW3418DW (3440x1440). I had an 34 Dell (3415) before.

I highly recommend this screen. Add a few hundred dollars to your budget and look for a sale. You will not regret it if you spend a decent amount of time on the computer.
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What GPU do you have?
GTX 1070 FTW

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This is what I have. It’s been pretty great so far.

https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell...or-accessories

It’s a little over 500 but I got mine on sale for around 500. If you look around you may be able to find a deal.

edit: its only 440 on amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Gaming-S...=dell+sg2716dg
Not sure how I feel about it for the price, how's the color accuracy?

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Been very happy with my Predator monitor. If you can find a good deal on it, I would jump on it.
I'm sure I'd love one but haven't seen one in my price range yet

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TN panel on the Dell for that price is terrible imo. IPS is the way to go.
IPS even for gaming? I know it's the better move for photo editing

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I recently upgraded to 34 Ultrawide Alienware AW3418DW (3440x1440). I had an 34 Dell (3415) before.

I highly recommend this screen. Add a few hundred dollars to your budget and look for a sale. You will not regret it if you spend a decent amount of time on the computer.
I'm not going to nearly double my budget lol I put a dollar figure in there for a reason
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GTX 1070 FTW
Are you planning on upgrading anytime soon? The reason I ask is because it takes quite a bit of GPU horsepower to push a 1440p at 120hz let alone 144hz. While G-Sync will help, you might be buying more monitor than your system can handle.

But yes definitely IPS for gaming or VA if you want a bit more response time but definitely not TN.
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Are you planning on upgrading anytime soon? The reason I ask is because it takes quite a bit of GPU horsepower to push a 1440p at 120hz let alone 144hz. While G-Sync will help, you might be buying more monitor than your system can handle.

But yes definitely IPS for gaming or VA if you want a bit more response time but definitely not TN.
Ok good to know and yes I'm planning to do a full system rebuild to 20-series soon so that's not much of concern.
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I'm lost in the sea of options here, looking for something that can solidly dual-purpose gaming and photo editing in the sub-$500USD range.

Preferred specs include:
  • 27"
  • 75-144hz
  • 1ms or near to it
  • G-Sync would be great but not needed
  • 1440p
  • Solid color accuracy and brightness

Let me know what you use, why you love/hate it, or if you have any other suggestions.


This meets all of your preferred specs. I bought it almost a year ago to the day, and it has been fantastic. There are a lot of youtube videos you can watch about it as well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I'm lost in the sea of options here, looking for something that can solidly dual-purpose gaming and photo editing in the sub-$500USD range.

Preferred specs include:
  • 27"
  • 75-144hz
  • 1ms or near to it
  • G-Sync would be great but not needed
  • 1440p
  • Solid color accuracy and brightness

Let me know what you use, why you love/hate it, or if you have any other suggestions.
These are contradictory requirements. You can't get a 144Hz 1ms monitor with good color accuracy and brightness. I researched this for my son earlier this year. I don't buy much into the 1ms hype so if I was buying for myself, I would have bought the fastest IPS monitor. We bought a 1ms monitor and the color reproduction and black level were much worse than my Samsung TV I bought at least 5 years ago. My son was playing his XBOX One games (Destiny, Fort Nite) on that TV just fine before he decided to switch to PC gaming.
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IPS is the way to go as someone mentioned above. I play 1440p overclocked to 165hz with my GTX1080.
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If you plan to mount it to an arm or other mount, make sure it has VESA mounting. Many of the inexpensive sub-$300 27"+ monitors do not, or require a special bracket. I have 5 monitors here I bought before realizing I wanted to mount them. None have VESA holes...
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FYI I found this, picking one up tomorrow

https://www.microcenter.com/product/...ng-led-monitor
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I have the Dell UP2716D. Absolutely love it.

https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop...or-accessories

I will soon purchase the Ergotron HX mount for it in white:

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I've used the BenQ XL2420Z for a few years.
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I have the Benq zowie XL2730 and i find it great.

https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...82E16824014578
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FYI I found this, picking one up tomorrow

https://www.microcenter.com/product/...ng-led-monitor
i thought you were looking for a g-sync monitor?
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i thought you were looking for a g-sync monitor?
"g-sync great but not needed"

Very happy with it so far
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