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#153382 - 12/11/06 06:36 PM Re: Large computer monitors-thoughts? [Re: chesseroo]
grunt Offline

Registered: 12/04/06
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I thought that this link might help your brother make a sound decision.

The second page has user reported lag for various HDTVs. Not a scientific sample but it might help.

You might also check out some local video stores and see if they have any big screen TVs hooked up to an Xbox or Play Station and give it a try.

I use my Samsung HL-S5687W about 50% of the time as a computer monitor. I don’t play action games on it yet but for all other computing including strategy games and video editing it‘s awesome.

Imagine going from an old 15 inch CRT to a top of the line 21 inch LCD. Now double that and it will give you an idea how much better the picture size and quality look to me. Supposedly Samsung worked with Microsoft to create a game mode on some models to enhance game play.

If I get a house and upgrade to a HD projector the DLP will be my only computer monitor, it‘s that impressive.


#153383 - 12/11/06 09:19 PM Re: Large computer monitors-thoughts? [Re: grunt]
chesseroo Offline

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I think the feedback pretty much covers all the negatives i've already highlighted to my brother about the idea of buying a large lcd monitor.

It would be great for massive spreadsheets though, i'll give it that.
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#153384 - 12/12/06 12:00 AM Re: Large computer monitors-thoughts? [Re: chesseroo]
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I still see slight ghosting even on the faster response time LCD's so for now I'm sticking with CRT's for gaming. But I prefer LCD's for work.

I'd agree with what's been said, once you hit the 20-23ish range, spend rest of the money on a video card.
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#153385 - 12/12/06 01:11 AM Re: Large computer monitors-thoughts? [Re: INANE]
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I see tearing on mine, but I'd rather not occupy my desk with an enormous old monster. I'll replace this one when I can't repair it for $30.
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#153386 - 12/12/06 02:28 PM Re: Large computer monitors-thoughts? [Re: Ken.C]
danmagicman7 Offline

Registered: 12/16/05
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I don't think getting a 30" dell widescreen is a wise choice UNLESS you want/need all of that desktop space.

On top of the resolution, you aren't going to notice it after a certain point.

In addiction, for him to play any of the new games in a year or so he needs to upgrade his computer. Some rigs can't even handle the current games out at normal resolutions.

If he was a graphic designer and regularly used all that space, sure.

He is much better off going with a very nice HDTV with 1080i resolution.

^^ That one has 1080i with DVI. It also is bigger for less.

Dollars are spent better that way.

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#153387 - 12/20/06 05:49 PM Re: Large computer monitors-thoughts? [Re: chesseroo]
hashts Offline

Registered: 02/21/05
Posts: 164
Hey Chess,

Not sure if any has mentioned this but you will need a special dual-link DVI card (not to be confused with dual port DVI cards) to drive that 30 inch badboy. There are very limited cards on the market which are dual-link and high end ones go for about $600. On top of that, most games (not sure about just released games) don't support those ultra high resolutions so that means anything he sees will not have the correct aspect ratio.

I purchased a Dell 24 incher and totally love but for games everything is horizontally stretched (like when viewing 4:3 content on a 16:9 screen). Of course I rarely play games anymore and they are old which only support max res of 1600x1200(UT2k4 and Warcraft 3). And like you or someone else mentioned, SLI is not rock solid and even if it is he will have to buy 2 $500-600 video cards to get decent framerates for most games, esp FPS.

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