Hi, I want to buy either a Samsung Syncmaster 172x (17" tft) or a IIyama Vision Master Pro 454 (19" crt), but I can't decide what is better.
I like that the TFT uses less space and power and that it doesn't radiate. The CRT however is cheaper, has an adjustable resolution and a larger screen.
Right now I play games that don't need much hardware, so it doesn't matter which resolution I use, but I guess that for future games I have to use 1024x768 because of my "old" hardware, but the standard resolution of the tft is 1280x1024. I also like to watch movies on my PC, so a 19" screen wouldn't be bad. What is more I don't know how to change the backlight of a TFT, or how much this would cost.
Can one of you tell me about the differences in image quality? Or give me any other helpful tips?
If you are a gamer, a CRT is the ONLY way to go, period. Don't let anyone tell you different.
also agreed, they are much better, and stronger.
I would go with a CRT monitor but not because they cant play games.
If you plan to play games on a LCD screen you have to get a screen with certain features and they get expensive. Best bang for the buck is still a CRT screen.
If you decide to get a LCD screen you need to look for the following features.
Dot Pitch - lower the number the better.
Resolution - Higher is better
Digital DVI connector - It is critical that you have the digital connection. Analog connection sometimes have problems with ghosting images and artifacts.
Brightness - Higher the number is better.
Contrast Ratio - higher is better.
Response Time - lower is better.
I have a couple of friends who play exclusively with LCD screens. I would like one but I can get a slightly used 21" Sony Trinitron for $200. Course I have to deal with the radiation, heat , and desk busting weight of a big monitor.