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Old 03-17-05, 10:15 AM   #1
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Getting ready to buy my first LCD Screen!Help

Hey guys I am ready to buy my first LCD screen for my PC. I want a 19 inch screen. I am willing to spend upto $500 really don't want to spend more then that. I want a monitor that will have NO ghosting at all when playing games. And also want it to be good for watching DVD's. And also I want the text to be nice and sharp. And last I want the color to be very Vibrant! Something that makes you saw WoW. I have heard some monitors are too bright and are not good if you use them all day. I would not want that.

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Old 03-17-05, 10:19 AM   #2
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the BenQ FP937-D 19" LCD Monitor
for 600$ Can, so 480 US$

Rumored to have a shorter life than some, but the best picture quality
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Old 03-17-05, 10:54 AM   #3
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http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...179-014&depa=0

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http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...001-185&depa=0

I just got the latter because of a free shipping deal they were running earlier this week. Either way, both of these panels are extremely good, fast, well-priced, and definitely worth a gander. Don't worry about the lack of DVI in the Samsung panel as it has no noticable effect on IQ. If it really bugs you and you just can't live without it, go with the ImageQuest. Other than that the panels are the same.
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Old 03-17-05, 11:38 AM   #4
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http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...179-014&depa=0

or

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...001-185&depa=0

I just got the latter because of a free shipping deal they were running earlier this week. Either way, both of these panels are extremely good, fast, well-priced, and definitely worth a gander. Don't worry about the lack of DVI in the Samsung panel as it has no noticable effect on IQ. If it really bugs you and you just can't live without it, go with the ImageQuest. Other than that the panels are the same.

I always thought DVI made the picture much better.
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Old 03-17-05, 12:23 PM   #5
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I always thought DVI made the picture much better.
Nope, it's a myth. It is needed for very large, very high resolution displays but for a computer monitor it is fine to do without it. To clarify, the only difference you might notice would be text sharpness but it is something you'd have to be extremely perceptive to notice. Here is a good article regarding these monitors: http://graphics.tomshardware.com/dis...215/index.html

DVD movies look just fine on these monitors, by the way. Tom's Hardware is great but they tend to exaggerate shortcomings of the hardware they test.
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Old 03-17-05, 12:46 PM   #6
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i hav the BenQ FP931 19" i bought for 350$ and i have been nothing but pleased with it..

no ghosting and a very crisp display..

the only drawback is its a 1280x1024 native res LCD but has an excellent response time (4+12) of 16ms..

for the price its an excellent monitor.. (i'm thinking of getting a second one)..
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I'd say buy a good benQ or a good Samsung.
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It's unfortunate the new BenQ 19" 8ms won't be sold in the U.S.
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TN= 6bit color + low viewing angles.
Go for a true 8bit monitor with a S-IPS panel.Dell offers two 20" screens(wide,normal) for about the money you are willing to spend.Take a tour to Hardocp and read what people are saying about them.The type of monitors I suggest cover all of your requirements while TN panel only covers responce time.
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TN? I'm sorry I don't know what that means.

edit: Nevermind, I'm reading an article about it now. Neato...

OK, well here's a link to the article that sums up about all you need to know about the 3 different matrix types:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/oth...-guide_27.html

It sounds to me that the TN matrices are the best for gaming, especially considering the Tom's Hardware article showing the excellent color reproduction of the newest Samsung panels. S-IPS panels seem to be better suited to office work and image editing, maybe for gaming but they're so expensive in comparison to TNs that it hardly seems worth it. Eh, that's my two cents anyway. Either way, the image quality of the Samsung I've got is extremely good and it's very responsive. I'd take it over a CRT any day.
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TN? I'm sorry I don't know what that means.
Basically there are 3 types of LCD panel technology(TN,S-IPS,MVA)
TN can produce 262.000 colors and by using software they emulate 16.2 million colors.TN panels also have poor viewing angles.Both S-IPS and MVA produce 16.77 million colors in hardware and have 178 degrees viewing angle.Don't be fooled by specs and site reviews.Go for user reviews.
I would suggest visiting www.prad.de (they also have an english forum) and learn more about TFT tech.Its one of the best sites around.
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Basically there are 3 types of LCD panel technology(TN,S-IPS,MVA)
TN can produce 262.000 colors and by using software they emulate 16.2 million colors.TN panels also have poor viewing angles.Both S-IPS and MVA produce 16.77 million colors in hardware and have 178 degrees viewing angle.Don't be fooled by specs and site reviews.Go for user reviews.
I would suggest visiting www.prad.de (they also have an english forum) and learn more about TFT tech.Its one of the best sites around.
Thanks for that link, I'll check that out too.

While it's true what you're saying, I have yet to find a good S-IPS panel (now that I've actually looked for one ) that is reasonably priced with fast response times. Whatever emulation the software is doing on the panel I have must be fantastic because the colors look better than they did on my old CRT.

Here is a link to Samsung's spec on the 915n panel:

http://www.samsung.com/Products/TFTL...X/LTM190EX.htm

It seems as if it displays 16.7m colors. Checking to see if this is marketing or legit.
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