Help in purchasing a new monitor? 2 replies

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Call me Pingwin

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#1 10 years ago

I'm seriously considering buying a new monitor for my computer. Right now I'm running a dual monitor setup, but not in the way where I put them together into one, that looks horrid when I try it, mostly because they're different monitors.

I recently started feeling that my main monitor is no longer adequate, it is a 17 inch, 1280:1024 regular View Sonic monitor. After playing Mass Effect and Bioshock however, I started wishing that I had something nicer, or larger. Now I'm considering two things, either getting a new regular 19/21 inch monitor, or buying into the fad and purchasing a sexy new wide screen.

I don't want to spend much more than 150$ on the new monitor, 200$ is out of bounds, I don't know how much of a quality display I can get for that. Also, from the research that I did, a 19inch wide screen lcd is definitely out of my price range, so it would have to be a 17inch. And lastly, I would like it to have as close a resolution to 1280x1024 as possible. Any resolution much higher than this would probably result in lag, or having to turn down some graphics settings, and I certainly don't want to do that.

My friend owns a wide screen monitor, Acer x193m+ (or x193W+, he's not sure) which measure either 18 or 19 inches (again, he's not sure). He's bought it very recently but decided that he doesn't like a multi monitor setup, and likes his old monitor more, so he's willing to sell it to me for 100$, his claim is that he bought it new for around 130$, this was about two or three months ago. Is it a good deal? Should I take it?

If any of you could give me some tips, or recommendations as the a new purchase, it would be greatly appreciated.


...burning angel wings to dust

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#2 10 years ago

I'm inclined to tell you to keep saving and buy something better than the TN panels you're likely to find in the sub-$200 range.

But if you can talk this guy down a few more bucks, why the hell not? It'll make a cheap backup someday, at least...

Acualy Is Confusingkid

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#3 10 years ago

I have a 19" Acer LCD widescreen. I played games at 1400*900 and honestly, the only game that resolution really affected was Bioshock. For some strange reason, I got the same frames running at 1024*768 and above as I did @ 1400*900..

Anywho, that monitor is now dead and soon to be replaced because it still has a warranty. But I think the $100 Acer monitor deal is ok. I think mine brand new was around $120 brand new @ Best Buy.