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Old 03-17-05, 01:30 PM   #13
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You might also consider the Dell 2001FP and 2005FPW. Both can often be had for under $500 if you get the right coupon codes or wait for a sale. And those monitors have 20.1" of viewable area.
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Old 03-17-05, 03:08 PM   #14
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AFAIK all TN panels are 6bit.If someone wants to play the waiting game there are 12-8ms MVA panels comming in a couple of months.Check the specs on the Fulitsu-Siemens P19-2 and P20-2 here

If you want a monitor now I would go with the recommendations of Riptide.
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Old 03-17-05, 03:49 PM   #15
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Both of those are good monitors (the Dell ones) but the OP specifically stated he wanted no ghosting. While it's true that his monitor requirements describe a monitor that does not exist, it is better to go with faster response & lower cost, especially if the primary use of the computer is gaming. The monitors you mentioned cost in excess of $600 and at the lowest have a response time of 16ms. Coming from a 12ms panel I can tell you that you will notice ghosting in high-contrast games, like Half-Life 2.

1600x1200 is, to me at least, a very undesirable native resolution for an LCD. While it's true that a very high-end system could handle this resolution for now, in about a year you'll be running in a non-native resolution if you want decent framerates and that just doesn't look as good.

As far as bang for your buck goes, you really can't do much better than the 19" panels I've listed, as far as I can tell. The Dell monitors are very nice but they're expensive as all hell. Unless you're worried about viewing angles (which a gamer shouldn't be) I can't see any reason to pick a monitor that costs 2-3x more for basically lower game performance.
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Old 03-17-05, 07:23 PM   #16
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The 2001FP and 2005FPW could be had for $486 shipped only about a week ago if you got the right coupon codes together. Watch gotapex and rage3d deals section. 16ms or less is a good guideline. While there is some ghosting visible it's real hard to see IMO at 16ms or less.

Better have at least a 6800/X800 class card and a 3000+ or better CPU to drive the thing though or the native resolution will not run well.
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Old 03-18-05, 01:19 PM   #17
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I should add that the main gaming I do is Sports games and Racing games. I don't really play FPS. So because of that do you think I could get by with 16ms? Also I really want the text to be sharp and nice big viewing Angle. And also I would like very good DVD playback.
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Old 03-18-05, 02:14 PM   #18
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16ms at a minimum. 12ms is even better, but 16 should be OK IMO.

And btw, shorten that sig or shrink it please. It's kinda huge.
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Old 03-18-05, 02:14 PM   #19
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Can someone tell me what this means Viewing Angle:

85U/70D/85R/85L (CR>5)? This is the Viewing Angle for a new NEC MultiSync LCD1970GX-BK Monitor coming out this month. But when I look at most Viewing Angle specs it says something like View Angle: 160 / 160 (Horizontal / Vertical). http://www.necmitsubishi.com/product...assification=1
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Old 03-18-05, 02:17 PM   #20
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That is how far off center you can view the screen (ie how steep an angle) before the picture becomes distorted. LCDs are not like a CRT in that you can't view them from a sharp angle and have the picture look proper.
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I see some LCD screens have a glossy look to the screen. Should I stay away from them? My dad tells me not to get one with a glossy screen becasue when you look at it you can see things that are behind you. Which I guess would kind of suck. But to me they seem to have better color.
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Old 03-18-05, 02:21 PM   #22
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That is how far off center you can view the screen (ie how steep an angle) before the picture becomes distorted. LCDs are not like a CRT in that you can't view them from a sharp angle and have the picture look proper.
But can you tell me what 85U/70D/85R/85L (CR>5) is? I mean like in View Angle: 160 / 160 (Horizontal / Vertical)
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Old 03-18-05, 02:24 PM   #23
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See the problem also is that none of the stores near me carry any good LCD screens places like Best Buy or CompUSA. Newegg has so much more. But I am sure it would be a good idea too look at the LCD in person but that is kind of hard to do when none of the stores carry what you want.
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Old 03-18-05, 02:29 PM   #24
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Your options are limited. Buy from a place that has a good return policy. Newegg is not one of them when it comes to LCDs.
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