After 10+ years my olfd 24 inch 1920/1200 monitor finally died, so I am now in the market for a new monitor.

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HI everyone,

So last night After 10+ years my old 24inch 1920/1200 monitor finally died, so I am now in the market for a new monitor.

I am torn between going 2K or 4K, and whether I should get a G SYNC capable monitor or not.
I do not want a 1080P as I have gotten use to the extra height of 1920/1200.

I primarily use my PC for internet browsing and game playing:
The games I play include: EVE online, Diablo III, Star-Craft 1 & II, CIVILIZATION IV & V, X-COM 2, etc..
I have generally played all these games at max settings with no issue, until now.
I realize I will probably have to upgrade my GPU in the near future, I am planing on a 1080 Ti, So I am not worried about that. I just need to find a good Monitor that will last a good log while that is some what future proof...Can you make a few suggestions for me?
I would prefer to keep the monitor below $800.00 US. and somewhere between 24 and 32 inches.
Can you make any recommendations and is G SYNC really worth the extra $200.00 per monitor?

PC spec: Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Deluxe

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I76700K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530 overclocked to 4.6GHz.

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm (CW-9060021-WW)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16Q-64GVK

HD: SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 1TB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E1T0B/AM

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2978-KR 4GB FTW GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card

Power supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 220-P2-1000-XR 80+ PLATINUM 1000W Fully Modular EVGA ECO Mode Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply

 

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Is there any real difference between it and the ROG SWIFT PG278QR.
Is the ISP version worth the extra $100.00?
There's not a huge difference but here's what you are going to get for that 100$ more. The IPS display provides much more vibrant colors and a larger viewing angle. It has built-in speakers and are useful as backup speakers. The biggest difference though is that it has a refresh rate of 165Hz compared to 144Hz of the non-IPS display. Not many cards can make use of that refresh rate but in the future, I am sure cards will have no problems reaching it. (people argue we can't see past a certain refresh rate). I would say it's a 100$ well spent.
 

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1440p is the way to go. Your graphics card is not capable to run games at insane fps on 2k resolution but a 1080 or a 1080Ti will be a perfect match. 27" is perfect and I find 24" too small and 32" too big. I am sure most people share the same view (unless it's an ultra wide monitor.)

Here's a list of 1440p 144Hz monitors.

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/monitor/#r=256001440&H=85,160&sort=price&page=1

I would recommend the Asus PG278Q with the IPS display. It's a beautiful monitor and is one of the best ones out there. I wouldn't recommend 4k monitors as most of the current graphics card can't handle that resolution on high refresh rates (unless you SLI and stuff). I would pick gaming in 2k over 4k on any other day.


Asus PG278Q IPS version: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/XvfmP6/asus-monitor-pg279q

non IPS version: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/cdcMnQ/asus-rog-swift-pg278qr-270-2560x1440-144hz-monitor-pg278qr

ACER Predator X34 Curved monitor: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/WDcMnQ/acer-monitor-umcx1aa002

G-Sync is recommended and most monitors are coming out with either one of the two Sync features. If you are on a really tight budget, then go for non G-Sync monitor. You might want to look into the AMD cards. You'll save a couple hundred dollars on the monitors with the same specs and get AMD's FreeSync.
 

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HI thanks for the info.
I agree a 34 inch is to big.
I am currently using a 34 inch 1080p tv as a temporary monitor. It is way to big. And a TV even as a temporary monitor sucks as all I see are huge pixels that hurt my eyes.

I loved my 24 inch monitor, so I could get use to a 27 inch. I don't think three more inches will be a bad thing.

The Asus PG278Q with the IPS display looks perfect! I realize I will need to upgrade to a 1080 or 1080Ti for optimal use of this monitor, but I was already going to do that, but I had not planed on my monitor deciding to die, so I will get a monitor first then the GPU.

Is there any real difference between it and the ROG SWIFT PG278QR.
Is the ISP version worth the extra $100.00?




 

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Is there any real difference between it and the ROG SWIFT PG278QR.
Is the ISP version worth the extra $100.00?
There's not a huge difference but here's what you are going to get for that 100$ more. The IPS display provides much more vibrant colors and a larger viewing angle. It has built-in speakers and are useful as backup speakers. The biggest difference though is that it has a refresh rate of 165Hz compared to 144Hz of the non-IPS display. Not many cards can make use of that refresh rate but in the future, I am sure cards will have no problems reaching it. (people argue we can't see past a certain refresh rate). I would say it's a 100$ well spent.
 

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Im not sure if IPS is worth an extra 100. In my mind, you could even pick up 2 of the tn panels for that low price. I use two for gaming and Autocad work. The Stands on these are particularly well made and they are very adjustable. They work awesome. Benq also has a good line of monitors to look at but their Stands are lacking imho.
 

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