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Windows 7: Custom build - Need help with monitor(s)

08 Nov 2015   #1
DoctorObviously

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Custom build - Need help with monitor(s)

Hi! A bit of context before I begin: I love PC gaming, and I'd like to build a new rig. I have a bit of knowledge of hardware (but not that much) but I don't have a lot of knowledge of reliable brand names or how to assemble hardware into a fully functioning system. So I'm in a bit of a bind and I'm not too fond of asking computer stores for 'advice'. Their underlying need to sell stuff never bodes well when I'm asking for good, solid information, and they always seem to charge way more than necessary. I have a budget of 2,500 Euros (which means 2685 USD in America). I do believe that's a sound budget for an excellent new rig.

What I'm having most difficulty with, though, is the monitor. I'd love to keep my current monitor (BenQ FP222Wa) for applications, desktop and whatnot and pair that monitor with a brand new monitor for gaming. Is that possible?

The more I look for information, especially with monitors, the more I get lost in statistics and facts that seem to change from website to website. The core of my question would then be: In order to find a good monitor, what do I need to look for? I only want to game on a single GPU, but I also want to game at at least 60 frames per second and have a great image quality, not just from the game itself, but also from the screen.

So, with that budget in mind, what are my possibilities?


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08 Nov 2015   #2
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DoctorObviously View Post
Hi! A bit of context before I begin: I love PC gaming, and I'd like to build a new rig. I have a bit of knowledge of hardware (but not that much) but I don't have a lot of knowledge of reliable brand names or how to assemble hardware into a fully functioning system. So I'm in a bit of a bind and I'm not too fond of asking computer stores for 'advice'. Their underlying need to sell stuff never bodes well when I'm asking for good, solid information, and they always seem to charge way more than necessary. I have a budget of 2,500 Euros (which means 2685 USD in America). I do believe that's a sound budget for an excellent new rig.

What I'm having most difficulty with, though, is the monitor. I'd love to keep my current monitor (BenQ FP222Wa) for applications, desktop and whatnot and pair that monitor with a brand new monitor for gaming. Is that possible?

The more I look for information, especially with monitors, the more I get lost in statistics and facts that seem to change from website to website. The core of my question would then be: In order to find a good monitor, what do I need to look for? I only want to game on a single GPU, but I also want to game at at least 60 frames per second and have a great image quality, not just from the game itself, but also from the screen.

So, with that budget in mind, what are my possibilities?

This should give you a slight idea of what your dealing with in todays components

My SkyLake 6700k Journey

This is my Thread on Skylake i listed what i used for parts but the Motherboard and Ram you might want to select the type that fits you more

Most of the time if you want a solid build you have to ask yourself how long you want to keep using it and how much can you get out of it for the money spent

As for Video Cards again truly to your needs i would go with any 980 or 970 Nvidia model

One monitor that is plenty and you still have $2000 left over you could even build Haswell E if you work your budget out right
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08 Nov 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yep monitors that can take quite a chunk of change out of a budget for sure
Depending on which single gpu you get I don't see any reason to not get a 980ti oc of some sort

Which will have gsync capabilities but you have to decide if your willing to spend nearly 500.us on a freaking monitor
AOC G2460PG 24" G-SYNC 3D-Ready Ultimate Performance Gaming Monitor 1ms (GTG) 144 Hz DisplayPort Widescreen LED Backlight - Newegg.com

I wasn't willing to although the above monitor has changed prices more than gas rates

I got a 2k monitor works great and I'm about ready for another
ASUS VG248QE 24" 1080p 144Hz 3D Gaming LED Monitor 90LMGG001Q022CUL - Micro Center
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08 Nov 2015   #4
DoctorObviously

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Yep monitors that can take quite a chunk of change out of a budget for sure
Depending on which single gpu you get I don't see any reason to not get a 980ti oc of some sort
Well, you've actually nailed my problem quite nicely there. The monitor I will choose depends on the GPU I choose and vice versa. In pure screen quality, would I be better at picking a 1920 x 1080 or a 2560 x 1440? Aren't 1920 x 1080 resolution monitors being superseded by 2560 x 1440 or even 4K Monitors? Then I have the other problem of screen size. I'm always sitting about 70 cm (that's 27.5 inches) away from the screen.

In my country, a GTX 970 costs around 370 EUR, and a 980Ti costs around 800 EUR. It's certainly futureproof, but very expensive. Another good question, if I may ask it, is how much a GOOD gaming monitor is worth. I don't care about 144hz that much, as I never play online games. I do feel IPS or AH-IPS screens are much more to my tastes. It's not the price that bugs me, but I want premium quality for the amount I'm paying.
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08 Nov 2015   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Well I view about the same distance and 24" is plenty large enough for me 27" is pretty good size too just a little larger I've never used one personally.

Resolution well a lot of people use dual or more monitors and use Extend with them and so the resolution would increase according to those settings
I use a single monitor now 1920-1080 but have use dual monitors before = kind of miss it :/ pretty much why I'm very close to getting another asus 24" but never used extend so both monitors were on there recommended resolution I believe 1600-900 was the recommended at that time because that was the size of the monitor.

I would still use 1920-1080 with 2 asus 144's I posted because I wouldn't use extend
I would just use each monitor for different open programs with the same separate desktop back ground not one huge back ground.
144 is definitely worth getting my friend the clarity/ colors/.. alone is amazing difference than a regular monitor you start to get into high end t.v.'s which yes for the price of the 4k monitors you'd be better off getting a 144 40" t.v.
Or at least that is my view on it
2k and 144 is awesome and well worth it

There are many 980ti's on the market now and yes again the uk does seem to get hit with higher prices not sure why though money is money :/
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08 Nov 2015   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
1 last note to take advantage of a 4k monitor you'd have to get a titan x or z gpu otherwise 2k is what you'd be best getting and any 980 gpu which is what I have
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08 Nov 2015   #7
DoctorObviously

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
1 last note to take advantage of a 4k monitor you'd have to get a titan x or z gpu otherwise 2k is what you'd be best getting and any 980 gpu which is what I have
I assembled something together, but I need somebody with a bit of expertise and a critical eye to see if all the pieces of hardware fit well.

Monitor ASUS 25" MX25AQ (2560 x 1440, AH-IPS Panel w/ 5ms Response time)
Case Corsair Carbide AIR540
CPU Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz (4.0GHz Turbo Boost)
CPU Cooling
GPU EVGA GTX 980Ti ACX 2.0
RAM Corsair 16GB DDR3-1600
MOBO MSI Z97 GAMING 5, 1150
PSU Corsair AX860
SSD Intel 535 120GB
HDD
Disk Drive ASUS DRW-24F1ST

Thank you in advance!
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08 Nov 2015   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

At a quick look everything looks okay
Although 5ms response time isn't as good as 1ms like the 24" I posted

Also if available the evga 850 P2 is a lot better I believe than the corsair psu
CPU cooling is blank but could use this bad boy
Hydro Series™ H110i GT 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Which you could get it a little cheaper from Amazon
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08 Nov 2015   #9
DoctorObviously

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
At a quick look everything looks okay
Although 5ms response time isn't as good as 1ms like the 24" I posted

Also if available the evga 850 P2 is a lot better I believe than the corsair psu
CPU cooling is blank but could use this bad boy
Hydro Series™ H110i GT 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Which you could get it a little cheaper from Amazon
Thanks for the great help (yet again )!!
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08 Nov 2015   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
No problem buddy
I hope that liquid cpu cooler drops a little for black Friday sells I could use another one but not anytime soon though
Can't use it unless I buy another board and I just relocated an Acer board into a new rig so it's good for now
The MSI z97.. board is a pretty good choice so is the ram
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