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Buck Armstrong
11-12-07, 01:21 PM
I'm about to build a new system, which includes replacing my ancient Dell 21" Trinitron with an LCD. The Trinitron lasted so long I never needed to keep up with the latest display tech...so should I go standard 4:3 or widescreen?

- Size will be 20" or greater in either case, video card will be an 8800GT, and preferred resolution is 1600x1200 or widescreen equivalent (would that be 1680x1050??).

- Main uses will be gaming and graphics work (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.).

- I never watch movies on my PC, since I have a Samsung 50" HD DLP for that...so if thats the big positive for widescreen, then I don't need it. However, I'm assuming most newer games offer ws resolutions?

Thanks.

Yaboze
11-12-07, 01:39 PM
1680x1050 is pretty much the wide version of 1600x1200. Monitors that are 24" and > will use 1920x1200, which can be hard on some systems with games.

I think a 1680x1050 21-22" widescreen LCD would be a great upgrade

stncttr908
11-12-07, 01:41 PM
Since you do a lot of design work you might find 4:3 to be better. I own both a Dell 2007FP (4:3) and 2007WFP (16:10 wide) and I do all my graphical work on my 2007FP.

ViN86
11-12-07, 05:29 PM
wide imo. wide ftw. never goin back to 4:3.

$n][pErMan
11-12-07, 06:29 PM
24in widescreen = awesomeness :D

Bearclaw
11-12-07, 06:30 PM
Wide.

DRen72
11-13-07, 08:40 AM
At least 1920x1200 because that will also give you full HD 1080p while 1680x1050 will not.

CaptNKILL
11-13-07, 09:03 AM
At least 1920x1200 because that will also give you full HD 1080p while 1680x1050 will not.
Yep, and if you're used to working at 1600x1200, 1680x1050 will be noticeably lower resolution for the amount of desk space you get.

You'll get more horizontal space, but everything will be larger. 1920x1200 will give you the same "size" of everything while offering more desk space.

I'd go that route myself.

DRen72
11-13-07, 12:51 PM
Yep, and if you're used to working at 1600x1200, 1680x1050 will be noticeably lower resolution for the amount of desk space you get.

You'll get more horizontal space, but everything will be larger. 1920x1200 will give you the same "size" of everything while offering more desk space.

I'd go that route myself.I also wanted to add that I once thought 1920x1200 would make everything too small and hard to read on the desktop, but that turned out to not be the case. The LCD I chose (BenQ 241WZ) has super sharp desktop text and now I'd never go back to anything less.

Tr1cK
11-13-07, 12:59 PM
Both!

Run Dualview.

I couldn't live without it.

Buck Armstrong
11-13-07, 09:25 PM
Yep, and if you're used to working at 1600x1200, 1680x1050 will be noticeably lower resolution for the amount of desk space you get...

Thanks! Above convinced me not to go 1680x1050...I'm used to 1600x1200 which I'd lose, and would gain only 80 px width at the cost of 150 height.

Next problem is 1920x1200. From what I've read, I shouldn't get a TN panel because I do alot of image editing and pre-press stuff for work. So I imagine that limits my choices quite a bit for a 24"+???

Does anybody have any personal experience with the ViewSonic 2130B? Its 21.3", 1600x1200, is S-PVA instead of TN, and has a ZERO dead pixel policy! My big concern is can I game on it (8ms g2g, 16ms b2w)? If so, it may be the perfect compromise LCD for me...http://www.viewsonic.com/products/lcddisplays/proseries/vp2130b/

lightman
11-14-07, 01:20 PM
If you're using Photoshop a lot, go for a 16:10. My 2c.

$n][pErMan
11-14-07, 04:20 PM
you want 8ms max for gaming I believe. 5ms or less is ideal.

Buck Armstrong
11-14-07, 04:29 PM
[pErMan']you want 8ms max for gaming I believe. 5ms or less is ideal.

If the monitor specs say 8ms gray to gray, but 16 ms black to white...am I good?

Dr.Nick
11-14-07, 08:42 PM
If the monitor specs say 8ms gray to gray, but 16 ms black to white...am I good?

Definitely. None of those sub 10ms panels times are for on-off, they are all GtG. Of course not all eyes are the same though so if you can check it out in person it would be best.