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1440p or 4K upgrade from 1920x1200?

xaephod

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Hey folks. I would like to upgrade my display. I am currently running an I-INC 27" monitor at 1920x1200. So, the issue is...what size monitor do I get? I would like to go bigger than 27" and what resolution and hz? I see 1440p @ 144hz. I see 4K @ 60hz? I do business stuff as well, but I figure any monitor will do for business. Its the gaming!!! . I currently run a i7-6700 Oced to 4.5Ghz and a GTX970. I will probably upgrade the card to a GTX1080 if needed.

I know you see a lot of these posts..but I after reading them I didn't get the final answer I'm looking for. What do you think? (mostly play Planetside 2, Eve Online, Doom, etc etc..)

Thanks
 
Hey,
I would keep what you have for a while longer and wait for GSYNC prices to drop.

It's an awesome technology but it starts over $700USD.

You really want a high refresh rate if using GSYNC. If you do NOT use GSYNC then a high refresh rate needs careful planning such as forcing HALF ADAPTIVE VSYNC (to force 72FPS on 144Hz monitor if you can't maintain 144FPS but want to avoid screen tearing).

GSYNC has been popular so while people complain about pricing it's partly supply and demand. The GSYNC MODULE will get much cheaper to make and the supply will increase as well.
 

Wamphryi

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I have a 40 inch 4K Monitor driven by 980 Ti SLI. If you want 4K then 40 inch is the way to go as there is no DPI scaling required on a 40 Inch screen. If I was going to get into to 4K now I would wait a little bit because the next gen 4K monitors will support a much higher refresh rate and I believe Display Port is going to be improved. However I am finding my 60 Hertz 4 K monitor is perfectly fine.

Now the next thing is to wait for the release of the 1070 and run two of those in SLI. That will give you all the grunt you need but at a much more competitive price. A single 1080 is not going to cut it for all your 4K needs. It will be OK most of the time but you will always be pushing it.

980 Ti 4K Full Resolution Games Max settings:

World of Tanks = 120 FPS peak, averaging about 80 FPS and dropping sometimes to 60 FPS.
Doom 4 = Solid 60 FPS due to frame limiter. Never drops below 59 FPS
Fallout 4 = Same as Doom 4.
 
Definitely 1440p. 4k is overrated and too much of a resolution for these sizes(you would have to use high DPI settings in windows which sucks to put it mildly). Plus, no single card can really push good frames in 4k, and SLI/CF are problematic.
These twin monitors are widely considered to be the best gaming monitors ever made, and for good reason: they proite the perfect balance of features(34" 21:9 1440p 100Hz IPS with G-Sync)
http://pcpartpicker.com/product/WDcMnQ/acer-monitor-umcx1aa002
http://pcpartpicker.com/product/vhkwrH/asus-monitor-rogswiftpg348q

Whatever you decide to get though, make sure it support G-Sync as that's a must.

The 1080 is a perfect fit for them.
 

xaephod

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Holy crap those are expensive monitors! Anything almost as good at a lower price? I got the GTX970 becuase it was almost as good as the 980 and a lot less expensive. Is there a sweet spot for a 1440 100hz monitor?
 


You can grab a QNIX display off ebay and overclock to 96Hz. Thats personally what I have done. All that for right around $200.

Take a look here for more info. http://www.overclock.net/t/1384767/official-the-qnix-x-star-1440p-monitor-club

http://www.ebay.com/itm/QNIX-QX2710-LED-Evolution-II-Multi-TRUE10-27-2560x1440-QHD-DVI-HDMI-Monitor-/121362611435?hash=item1c41c67ceb:g:2UoAAOxyUylTPTVd
 
Hey,
I would keep what you have for a while longer and wait for GSYNC prices to drop.

It's an awesome technology but it starts over $700USD.

You really want a high refresh rate if using GSYNC. If you do NOT use GSYNC then a high refresh rate needs careful planning such as forcing HALF ADAPTIVE VSYNC (to force 72FPS on 144Hz monitor if you can't maintain 144FPS but want to avoid screen tearing).

GSYNC has been popular so while people complain about pricing it's partly supply and demand. The GSYNC MODULE will get much cheaper to make and the supply will increase as well.
 

xaephod

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I already have a 27". I need BIGGER! (sorry caps).

I think 34" should be my size. How about the 4K tvs I see? $500 or so for a 40" 4K tv @ 60hz? Will it look good for gaming?
 
There are no monitors above 35" with G-sync and i can't recommend a monitor to game on without teh technology.
And TVs are not good for gaming. I mean, there are some that are ok, but they are more expensive than 34" monitors i linked.
 


A 4K HDTV is not a very good idea for gaming.

For one thing, there is no resolution in between 1080p and 2160p such as 2560x1440 which would look about the same as 4K but is far less processing intensive.

For example, GTA V-> https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/R9_390X_Gaming/18.html

4K is 2.35X more demanding than 1920x1080 (at same settings), so the best experience would be to stay with 1080p for the main resolution as 4K is just too demanding.

Don't use an HDTV as a monitor.

If you want the best experience you need a GSYNC monitor. Otherwise it's about giving a budget and seeing what the pros and cons are for that price.
 


Not to mention most don't even accept 4k input signal so you are limited to 1080p upscaled.
 
Other:
The only monitors that are 34" roughly, AND have GSYNC, are ultra-wides so they are close to the same HEIGHT as a 27" monitor but are wider.

For example: http://pcpartpicker.com/product/vhkwrH/asus-monitor-rogswiftpg348q

There are much cheaper 34" that are 60Hz, non-GSYNC, but still ultra-wides. There are 4K around at this size or larger but they are likely pretty expensive, and again I wouldn't use an HDTV as a monitor.
 


If you can live wiht the lower res, sure. Some AA and games would look awesome. Text in wondows.. not so much.
 


Then keep your monitor until you can afford the Acer Predator X34. Getting a premium monitor without adaptive sync technology is a bad choice.
 

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