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View Poll Results: Which should I go for Nintendo 3DS XL or 27'' PLS 2560x1440p Gaming Monitor?
Nintendo 3DS XL + Bunch of games 2 20.00%
X-Star or QNIX 27'' 2560x1440p LED PLS QHD Monitor 8 80.00%
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Question New Monitor or New Nintendo 3DS XL!? - 09-15-2013, 01:14 | posts: 251 | Location: NY

So I am a huge PC gamer and I have been looking into getting a console, that's not next-gen, that's what my computer is for. My choices weened down to the wii-u and 3DS and the 3DS is a lot better right now! But then, I realized with my monster gaming pc I could upgrade my monitor to a bigger, better 27'' 2560x1440p PLS monitor. Which should I go for?? Try not to be biased on a PC hardware site. the 3DS and DS has a huge library of games I haven't really touched yet plus it will give me mobility and ability to lay down and game for a bit and not have to be at my computer desk. There's def games I'd be interested to play right away also, although there's a bunch of good pc games coming out soon and with my GTX 690 the new 27'' PLS 2560x1440p monitor would be bad ass.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 01:21 | posts: 9,051 | Location: Toledo

Monitor. You just spent all that time researching it, just follow through with the purchase. The 3DS can come later.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 01:26 | posts: 251 | Location: NY

I could always do a bit more research lol, it's my hobby, plus I already have a pc and a monitor dude. The 3DS XL will add another dimension to my gaming world
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 01:38 | posts: 9,051 | Location: Toledo

Well that's a fine way of looking at it, but if that's the case, just go with the 3DS then. I get the feeling that's more of what you want.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 01:47 | posts: 3,912 | Location: Australia

It all depends on what screen you have at the moment! Listing that would help greatly with any recommendation.

@IcE, how come only 4Ghz on your CPU?
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 02:03 | posts: 9,051 | Location: Toledo

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It all depends on what screen you have at the moment! Listing that would help greatly with any recommendation.

@IcE, how come only 4Ghz on your CPU?
Because I didn't feel like going higher. It's heavily undervolted right now at around 1.05V, and I like the low temps and power consumption. I don't use anything that requires more power anyway.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 02:06 | posts: 3,912 | Location: Australia

Fair enough!
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 02:50 | posts: 9,051 | Location: Toledo

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Fair enough!
That's right, don't you ever ask me about my life choices again you little punk!

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Default 09-15-2013, 02:59 | posts: 3,912 | Location: Australia

If I wanted to do that, I would have commented about you wanting to save power by undervolting your CPU, and having a GTX 680
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 03:03 | posts: 9,051 | Location: Toledo

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If I wanted to do that, I would have commented about you wanting to save power by undervolting your CPU, and having a GTX 680
Lol, to be fair Kepler is quite efficient. 195W TDP is pretty low for a top tier card. My old 470 had a TDP 50W more and is not even half as fast. Now I know TDP doesn't necessarily indicate actual power consumption but it gives a good reference point.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 03:10 | posts: 251 | Location: NY

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009422

That's what I have at the moment.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 03:14 | posts: 3,912 | Location: Australia

In that case, monitor first!
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 03:15 | posts: 251 | Location: NY

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In that case, monitor first!
Lol why, there's nothing wrong with that haha
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 03:32 | posts: 4,696 | Location: Logd n jst 2 change avatar

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I could always do a bit more research lol, it's my hobby, plus I already have a pc and a monitor dude. The 3DS XL will add another dimension to my gaming world
Theres more to 'next-gen' than gfx mate, and id hardly say the 3ds fill that niche.

How about get a 3d monitor and add a real 'dimension' to your gaming experience.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 03:33 | posts: 251 | Location: NY

No I don't want to 3d game at this time dude, no thanks. I am really just looking at getting a 27'' PLS LED Monitor @ 2560x1440p or a Nintendo 3DS XL for the time being.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 03:50 | posts: 251 | Location: NY

Looking at possibly getting this one anything wrong with this one?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/X-STAR-DP271...item19de2c2018
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 04:34 | posts: 9,051 | Location: Toledo

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Looking at possibly getting this one anything wrong with this one?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/X-STAR-DP271...item19de2c2018
Nope, not that I know of.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 04:37 | posts: 251 | Location: NY

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Nope, not that I know of.
Is that a good one? Matte also so no or very little glare. It's a PLS so better quality and color.
   
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Is that a good one? Matte also so no or very little glare. It's a PLS so better quality and color.
The differences are slight, but I prefer PLS. Matte vs Glossy is up to you. I personally prefer matte since I don't like seeing my face in my monitor during mid day, but keep in mind it does lower the picture quality ever so slightly compared to a glossy panel.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 04:48 | posts: 251 | Location: NY

Yeah I'm right by a window tho too so I will get some reflection, but I guess I can pull down the shades, so glossy would give me slighty better picture though should I just get that then?
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 05:04 | posts: 9,051 | Location: Toledo

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Yeah I'm right by a window tho too so I will get some reflection, but I guess I can pull down the shades, so glossy would give me slighty better picture though should I just get that then?
If you have blinds, then sure, no real reason not to go glossy.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 05:43 | posts: 251 | Location: NY

Well it's either that or this beautiful ASUS 27'' monster PLS monitor. I love ASUS too, it costs a couple hundred more though..

http://www.amazon.com/PB278Q-27-Inch...r+27%27%27+pls
   
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Well it's either that or this beautiful ASUS 27'' monster PLS monitor. I love ASUS too, it costs a couple hundred more though..

http://www.amazon.com/PB278Q-27-Inch...r+27%27%27+pls
The actual panel is identical, the only difference is that the Asus has a proper warranty and a decent OSD (on screen display for calibrating). It also has a pretty conservative matte coating.
   
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Default 09-15-2013, 06:15 | posts: 3,912 | Location: Australia

I did notice the X-Star has an 8 ms grey-to-grey time, whereas the PB278Q has a 5 ms grey-to-grey time. The 8 ms is probably a little low for gaming. There are other models that do 6 ms GtG, which is probably very borderline 'acceptable'.

There's this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-27-Inch-...item20cf31b6ab

which supposedly can be overclocked to 125 Hz (but you'd only do it to 120 Hz), I guess that could be an option if you want a 2560x1440. That is, if you don't mind S-IPS over PLS. I have been tempted to actually get that one over the Asus VX279Q I'm waiting for (that's only a 1920x1080 monitor with the latest AH-IPS 5 ms GtG), coupled with the upcoming HD 7950 equivalent, but I guess I'll have to wait and see what my temptation decides. You'd need a pretty good video card to run the upcoming games at 2560x1440x120 Hz on the highest settings, so I'm leaning towards that Asus. That is considering the response time, panel tech, ability to get warranty if something goes wrong etc...

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Default 09-15-2013, 06:27 | posts: 251 | Location: NY

yeah 8ms is pretty high response for gaming honestly that is true. ASUS is more money but it's really better quality, unless there's a better one for around the same amount of money or bigger for that same amount of the ASUS like X-star or QNIX or something? Like a 29'' QNIX or X-Star with 6ms response and bigger for $500-600 lol..


Maybe I'll wait until the holidays for the ASUS 27'' PLS to go down in price..Unless there's a better one I'm unaware of..

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