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XyZspineZyX
11-02-2003, 03:01 AM
Hey all,

I'm thinking about upgrading to a flat screen monitor. I've heard some negative things about them such as strobing. Can anyone make any recommendations?

I run a Dell 1.4 @ 1000MB RAM with GeForce 3 vid card.

Thanks~!



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XyZspineZyX
11-02-2003, 03:01 AM
Hey all,

I'm thinking about upgrading to a flat screen monitor. I've heard some negative things about them such as strobing. Can anyone make any recommendations?

I run a Dell 1.4 @ 1000MB RAM with GeForce 3 vid card.

Thanks~!



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XyZspineZyX
11-02-2003, 03:05 AM
I have a flatscreen CRT.
No problems.
Do you mean a TFT monitor?

XyZspineZyX
11-02-2003, 03:18 AM
Get one! Not a flat panel display but a flat scree CRT.

I have a 19" NEC FE991SB and it's awesome. Cost $225.00.

And...no more reflections from houselights/windows etc!

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XyZspineZyX
11-02-2003, 03:20 AM
I have a 17" flat panel - flat screen LCD.
Works great for me.

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XyZspineZyX
11-02-2003, 03:26 AM
http://www.apple.com/displays/acd23/ $1999, plus an ADC-DVI adaptor.

We use the in the office for digital video and MoHAA:Spearhead. They're fantastic monitors, the best LCDs available. If you have a card capable of playing FB at 1920-by-1200 you'll get a really panoramic experience.



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XyZspineZyX
11-02-2003, 04:50 AM
surlybirch wrote:
- Hey all,
-
- I'm thinking about upgrading to a flat screen
- monitor. I've heard some negative things about
- them such as strobing. Can anyone make any
- recommendations?

I bought a Sony Multiscan 21" 500PS flat screen back in 1999 for gaming. Probably the only gaming hardware purchase I've ever made that hasn't become obsolete in 6 months /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Beautiful monitor & still works like new.

Dennis

XyZspineZyX
11-02-2003, 05:00 AM
I bought a Dell UltraSharp 18.1" LCD about 9 months ago - run an ATI 9700 Pro through it, run everything at 1280x1024x32 (max resolution of monitor - it's only weakness) and have had zero problems with it. I paid $460 with shipping and would buy another tomorrow without hesitation. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif The brightness and sharpness compared to crt's is like night and day.

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XyZspineZyX
11-02-2003, 05:35 AM
Samsung Syncmaster 192N here ( 19" TFT flat panel LCD has the same viewing area as 21" crt!). I had my doubts...til I plugged it in and used it. It is crystal clear and no issues.

No heat and lots of desk space now too! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif





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XyZspineZyX
11-02-2003, 08:13 AM
Get one of the new very fast 16ms refresh rate mofeld like the Hitachi CML174 or Planar PX171 ( I own one of each )and you will be very happy. Both are 17" 1280 res monitors with none of the ghosting problems that have plagued lcd screens in gaming in the past. Colors seem much more vibrant on the lcd's than on my old high end IIyama crt.

There are two drawbacks to an lcd though, one is that the contrast is not as good as on a crt, so shades of black are not nearly as dark (although I have no complaints when playing dark games on either monitor mentioned above). The second drawback is they only look really good in their native resolution (1280 in the above monitors), so if you dont play a game in that res it will look pixelated somewhat. This can be overcome by playing your game in a windows box if you want to run under 1280 res.

A couple more side benefits of lcd's are less power consumption, faster recovery from standby mode, less heat generated in your room, especially in a room with multiple monitors, less eyestrain, and of course one of my favorites is a ton more desk space. Also an LCD monitor is equivalent to a CRT that is 2" larger.

A final note is that generally you want to get the smallest lcd screen for the same resolution. A 19" lcd that is 1280 native res will have a more grainy screen than a 17" native 1280 res lcd.


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Tully__
11-02-2003, 08:19 AM
Flat screen CRT's are great.

Flat screen (thin) TFT's, you need to look closely at repsonse time. The lower the better. The modern crop are mostly quite fast enough for gaming.

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