best 19 " lcd

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  1. cool1

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    hi all :ying: respected mods:ying: and gurus i was thinking of buying a 19" lcd monitor for gaming but dont know which one to buy (i dont have enough knowledge in lcd /TFT):behead:

    i was looking for the best 19" lcd/TFT for gaming (best picture quality), the companies that supply lcd in my country are samsung ,lg, viewsonic, benq, sony.

    please help me decide and which one is better normal 19" or widescreen 19"

    my config u can to the left
     
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    I'd recommend Samsung (I own one). Probably a 931C or a 960BF. Just walk into a store that has them on display and see how you like the picture. This the most important test any monitor needs to pass, specifications and everything else comes second.

    Normal is not better than widescreen and viceversa. Widescreen is more useful if you watch tons of widescreen movies. Also it has a smaller surface than a normal 19". This may be an advantage if you have an older video card that cannot handle 1280x1024 properly, but this isn't your case.
     
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    I say: buy 20" WS not 19" 4:3.
     
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    hey thanks but i have 7950GX2 which can handle 1280x1024
     

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    can my card handle future games at 20"ws properly
    atleast for a year or so
     
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    Yes, it can. The question is: do you need WS or not?
     
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    20" WS is 1680x1050 max resolution in most displays, some have 1440x900 max, your GX2 can handle it easy.

    I was 4:3 user, now i have 20"WS and would't change it back to 4:3. It is great for working, Gaming and best choice for movies ;]
     
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    i think 20"ws will be quite big in size and if i reduce the native resolution of 1680x1050 to some thing less will it affect the picture clearity (i have heard it some were that it does)
     
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    Running in a slightly lower resolution than the monitors native resolution does bring a slightly blurry image, but nothing that looks "bad." I used to own a HP 19 wide screen and a BenQ 4:3. I preferred the wide screen because I used it as a TV and to watch DVDs on. Your graphics card will have no problems at all at the wide screen resolution I was using.

    As was said in an earlier post, go to the high street and see for yourself which style you prefer. I have heard very good things about Samsung monitors, the 22" ones are apparently superb.
     
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    so reducing the native resolution will make the image blurry in wide screen and not in a normal one?
     

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    No, it happens for both 16:9 and 4:3. The plus side of running at a lower resolution means you can have a higher refresh rate, which is always good.
     
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    any thing that i should remember more before buying lcd
     
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    hey guys please suggest me a good brand name of lcd
     
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    What the hell are you talking about?
    Refresh rate means nothing to an LCD. Even for LCDs that can do 75Hz, the manufacturer recommends using them in 60Hz mode...

    The OP is trying to make a decision, no need to confuse him any further.

    Edit: Cool1, get a Samsung.
     
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    any specific model
    and how r viewsonic models
     

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    I've already recommended you two models. Viewsonics are supposed to be good, but I'm not familiar with them.
     
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    what about dell 19" wide
     
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    I didn't know that. My old HP w19 allowed me to run 1024x768 (and lower) @ 75Hz. Anything higher and it would only allowed 60Hz.

    @ Cool1: Samsung, Dell, Viewsonic, Sony all make very good monitors, in the end it will be down to your own taste.
     
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    hey if u have the same config as me (just think) then which one would buy 19" normal or 19"WS
     
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    If I had a choice and money, I'd buy a 20" 4:3 lcd at 1600x1200. I'm watching animes that are mostly at 4:3, I play games that are mainly in 4:3 too. Watching movies wouldn't be a problem because 1600 is already as much as a 1680, just 80 pixels shorter and it's still great.

    It depends on your needs. If you need a 16:9 screen for your programs or video watching, go for one. If you need a 4:3 screen for the older mainstream aspect ratio, get that. But a 19" 1280x1024 at 5:4 is probably the worst choice of all, what were those lcd makers thinking?? There's no 5:4 standard I can think of that's actually useful. That said, I'm currently using a 19" lcd though...

    I'd definitely not get a 16:9 screen until HD resolutions are the norm. 4:3 resolutions are still mainstream, and probably will be for a little while more. If you watch 4:3 videos mainly, they'd look perfect on a 4:3 screen, look ok on a 5:4 screen with tiny black borders on the top and bottom and look weird on a 16:9 with huge black borders on the right and left. Although the reverse could be true for watching 16:9 movies on 4:3 screens, but it won't be that weird as many are used to watching widescreen on crt.

    Again, it's all up to your needs.
     
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