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Ninjaman09
09-21-04, 09:20 AM
Well guys, I've purposefully avoided buying an LCD in my recent computer upgrade because I had heard (year or so ago) nothing but bad things about them and games. Native resolution has always scared me away, and the prices have also been fairly daunting. However, recently I've been reading a lot about how great LCDs can be, so I thought I'd ask you guys who've made the move from CRT to LCD: was it worth it? If so, why? And does native resolution noticably impact image quality in games?

Riptide
09-21-04, 10:17 AM
It was worth it to me and my previous CRT was one of the best - Sony GDMF500R. I like the perfect geometry and convergence w/the LCD. There's no warmup period. Saves on power and desk space.

The native resolution isn't an issue for me since I run all my games, including my desktop, at 1600x1200. Back when I had my 9700Pro I had to run Halo in 1024x768 and it still looked OK even with such a low resolution vs. the native.

Slyder
09-21-04, 10:19 AM
CRT gets my vote. ;)

Smokey
09-21-04, 11:00 AM
From the LCDs Ive seen, which isnt a great deal, just the odd few on display, I still think a good crt has beeter image quality. Bus, LCDs look much sexier, and as has been said, take up much less space. As for the native res, I think that would be best for you to try and take a look for yourself, in a shop or at a freinds etc. only you can really be the judge if you see the differences imo, a bit like choosing speakers.

I say wait, LCDs are only getting better, maybe have another look around say in 6-12 months?

MUYA
09-21-04, 11:02 AM
LCDs are supposed to get cheaper if digitimes stories are to go by. I have one but these days you can get LCDs with 1600 by 1200 native res and very low rise and fall pixel times. But as Smokey suggetsed , maybe its best to wait for them low pixel response 1600 native LCDs

Ninjaman09
09-21-04, 11:30 AM
Thanks for your input guys, I really do appreciate it. I think I'll play the waiting game and see what's coming up around the corner for LCDs. I do know the prices will be coming down noticably pretty soon, maybe next summer I'll look into it again.

bmg
09-21-04, 11:34 AM
I've got two Dell 2001FP LCD's (native 1600x1200) and a Mitsubishi 2070 CRT. I used a 2001FP for gaming for a couple of months before switching to the Mitsubishi 2070. I'll try an LCD again for gaming when 19"-20" LCD response times below 10ms are available (the dell 2001 is 16ms). I also like the flexibility that a good CRT gives you of using almost any resolution, for example 1440x1080 when 1600x1200 gives a framerate just slightly slower than I like. I also like to carefully tweak my monitors for a gamma of 2.2 and a 6500 degree color temperature (I've got a Colorvision Spyder Pro to help with this). It's fairly easy to tweak my CRT's, but LCD's seem impossible to get exactly right over the full dark/bright range. I'd never go back to a CRT for normal non-gaming use though, I spend most of my day in front of my two LCD's.

Riptide
09-21-04, 11:59 AM
The thing I hate about big CRTs is the interlacing if you drop resolutions. 1Kx768 looks like crap on a 21" display IMO.

jAkUp
09-21-04, 12:05 PM
I love my FE2111SB. I would not trade it for any LCD.

zoomy942
09-21-04, 12:28 PM
i have a 17" hitachi 16 ms rsponse time lcd and i love it. i host a base wide lan party every 7 weeks, and see lots of crt's and i will never go back. the colors a just so vibrant on my lcd.. and the tearing stuff i dont notice.

ynnek
09-21-04, 12:35 PM
IMO, if you have the cash to burn on a really good LCD, then get it.. Although being stuck at the LCD native rez for optimal quality may be annoying, if your vid card can't hold up..

If I had the extra cash, I'd get a decent 17" LCD for non gaming, and use my 19" CRT for games and vid.

zoomy942
09-21-04, 12:53 PM
IMO, if you have the cash to burn on a really good LCD, then get it.. Although being stuck at the LCD native rez for optimal quality may be annoying, if your vid card can't hold up..

If I had the extra cash, I'd get a decent 17" LCD for non gaming, and use my 19" CRT for games and vid.


native res is kind of a bad thing.. but my 1280x1024 is great

Smokey
09-21-04, 06:44 PM
Sorry zoomy, just saw your sig, :rofl: hope you get you pc back up soon :)

zoomy942
09-21-04, 07:12 PM
Sorry zoomy, just saw your sig, :rofl: hope you get you pc back up soon :)

its all chedda. i made sure to keep this sweet lcd. :)

Shocky
09-22-04, 06:19 AM
CRT of course.