[SOLVED] Can use some advice on purchasing a new monitor for gaming

eli150

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Hey guys,

I just upgraded to a new PC but i kept my "old" second hand gpu - GTX 1070 ti. I'll eventually upgrade to a better one but i'm kind of happy with it's performance right now. My current monitor is a 6 years old 1080p Samsunng monitor. I'm using DSR to get a higher res at some games but i still think i should get an upgrade. The problem is i'm not sure i know what to look for. I know i want a 4k monitor but then there is color accuracy, refresh rate, response times, panel etc. I dont see a reason to buy a 144hz monitor because most of the time i find it hard enough to play at 60fps while maintaining a good image quality. I also dont think i should get anything bigger then 27-28 inch. I guess the most i'm willing to spend on a new monitor is about 750$. Any advice or a monitor you can recommend?
 

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What type of games do you typically play?

Monitors are usually the least upgraded part in a build so get something that you'll enjoy for quite awhile even if your current GPU can't run games at the max graphic settings at the highest FPS the monitor supports.

If your games support 21:9 then I'd recommend a ultra wide as they give excellent gaming immersion. I'd look at a 3440x1440/100hz monitor that has Freesync (your 1070 ti should support the adaptive sync with the newest drivers and a DP cable).

Based on your budget this is what I'd recommend as long as your games support the aspect ratio and you can fit this monitor on your desk.

PCPartPicker Part List
Monitor: MSI Optix MPG341CQRV 34.0" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor ($674.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $674.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-07 11:47 EST-0500


You can save some money if you go 100hz instead of 120hz.

PCPartPicker Part List
Monitor: Asus MX34VQ 34.0" 3440x1440 100 Hz Monitor ($550.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $550.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-07 11:48 EST-0500


For 4K/60hz/Adaptive sync I'd recommend this LG.

PCPartPicker Part List
Monitor: LG 27BL65U-W 27.0" 3840x2160 60 Hz Monitor ($304.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $304.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-07 11:51 EST-0500



Here is a guide showing how to setup Gsync with a Freesync monitor.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/how-to-run-gsync-on-freesync-monitor,6072.html
 
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WildCard999

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What type of games do you typically play?

Monitors are usually the least upgraded part in a build so get something that you'll enjoy for quite awhile even if your current GPU can't run games at the max graphic settings at the highest FPS the monitor supports.

If your games support 21:9 then I'd recommend a ultra wide as they give excellent gaming immersion. I'd look at a 3440x1440/100hz monitor that has Freesync (your 1070 ti should support the adaptive sync with the newest drivers and a DP cable).

Based on your budget this is what I'd recommend as long as your games support the aspect ratio and you can fit this monitor on your desk.

PCPartPicker Part List
Monitor: MSI Optix MPG341CQRV 34.0" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor ($674.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $674.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-07 11:47 EST-0500


You can save some money if you go 100hz instead of 120hz.

PCPartPicker Part List
Monitor: Asus MX34VQ 34.0" 3440x1440 100 Hz Monitor ($550.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $550.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-07 11:48 EST-0500


For 4K/60hz/Adaptive sync I'd recommend this LG.

PCPartPicker Part List
Monitor: LG 27BL65U-W 27.0" 3840x2160 60 Hz Monitor ($304.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $304.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-07 11:51 EST-0500



Here is a guide showing how to setup Gsync with a Freesync monitor.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/how-to-run-gsync-on-freesync-monitor,6072.html
 
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eli150

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They look nice but i dont see anything that goes behind 1440p and i prefer to get a 4k screen.

What type of games do you typically play?

Monitors are usually the least upgraded part in a build so get something that you'll enjoy for quite awhile even if your current GPU can't run games at the max graphic settings at the highest FPS the monitor supports.

If your games support 21:9 then I'd recommend a ultra wide as they give excellent gaming immersion. I'd look at a 3440x1440/100hz monitor that has Freesync (your 1070 ti should support the adaptive sync with the newest drivers and a DP cable).

Based on your budget this is what I'd recommend as long as your games support the aspect ratio and you can fit this monitor on your desk.

PCPartPicker Part List
Monitor: MSI Optix MPG341CQRV 34.0" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor ($674.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $674.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-07 11:47 EST-0500


You can save some money if you go 100hz instead of 120hz.

PCPartPicker Part List
Monitor: Asus MX34VQ 34.0" 3440x1440 100 Hz Monitor ($550.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $550.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-07 11:48 EST-0500


For 4K/60hz/Adaptive sync I'd recommend this LG.

PCPartPicker Part List
Monitor: LG 27BL65U-W 27.0" 3840x2160 60 Hz Monitor ($304.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $304.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-07 11:51 EST-0500



Here is a guide showing how to setup Gsync with a Freesync monitor.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/how-to-run-gsync-on-freesync-monitor,6072.html
Thank you for giving me a link to that guide! I hope i can get freesync to work properly with my Nvidia card.. G sync is too expansive right now.
Some examples for the games i typically play are The Witcher 3, Batman Arkham Knight, Metro Exodus, Gears 5 kind of most triple a games 😅

34" inch is kind of too big i think. Especially for PC gaming and i'm not really sure how i feel about curved displays.. is it really worth the price?

That LG screen looks really nice but it has a 5ms response time.. does it really matter when gaming? 5ms vs 1ms
 

WildCard999

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Curved is fine but it's something, if possible, to check out in person as some people like them while others don't. As for the 5ms vs 1ms you won't notice it in those games.

As for the size it's the same height as a 27" 16:9 monitor but a bit wider. At first it's almost feels like too much but you get used to it and gaming on it is incredibly fun but it also depends on how far back you sit from it.
 

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There is no gpu that can run 4K at "acceptable" frame rates. This is game title dependent but look at what people are saying on-line about 4K.

1440p looks great and doesn't kill your FPS.
 
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eli150

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Curved is fine but it's something, if possible, to check out in person as some people like them while others don't. As for the 5ms vs 1ms you won't notice it in those games.

As for the size it's the same height as a 27" 16:9 monitor but a bit wider. At first it's almost feels like too much but you get used to it and gaming on it is incredibly fun but it also depends on how far back you sit from it.
Yeah guess i should also look at a desk while i'm at it. Can you give me examples for games where the response time actually matter? i really do wonder if it's something i should worry about. I plan to connect my PS4 pro to that new screen too and i'm playing FighterZ so delays are going to be a problem, add that to bad online connectivity and i wont be able to enjoy the game
 

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There is no gpu that can run 4K at "acceptable" frame rates. This is game title dependent but look at what people are saying on-line about 4K.

1440p looks great and doesn't kill your FPS.
Yeah that is kind of true but i will upgrade the gpu in a year or two and i dont want to replace the monitor. I can actually think of one game i would love to replay at 4K 30fps and that is Batman Arkham Knight. 60fps just feels and looks bad because the port of this game is bad. Also it has really really bad aa so 4K will be an amazing upgrade
 

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Yeah guess i should also look at a desk while i'm at it. Can you give me examples for games where the response time actually matter? i really do wonder if it's something i should worry about. I plan to connect my PS4 pro to that new screen too and i'm playing FighterZ so delays are going to be a problem, add that to bad online connectivity and i wont be able to enjoy the game
Games like CSGO and competitive FPS you might be able to tell but the response times are so close that I think most couldn't tell the difference. Having your PS4 Pro connected wouldn't be an issue either and if anything would be better as monitor response times are significantly faster then TV's. I had a TCL 4K HDTV and I actually prefer to play my PS4 Pro off of my 34" 2560x1080P instead due to lower response times, better colors and you can make it so different connects have different ratios so my PC was 21:9 and the PS4 Pro is 16:9.
 
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Games like CSGO and competitive FPS you might be able to tell but the response times are so close that I think most couldn't tell the difference. Having your PS4 Pro connected wouldn't be an issue either and if anything would be better as monitor response times are significantly faster then TV's. I had a TCL 4K HDTV and I actually prefer to play my PS4 Pro off of my 34" 2560x1080P instead due to lower response times, better colors and you can make it so different connects have different ratios so my PC was 21:9 and the PS4 Pro is 16:9.
Damn that sounds awesome :)

I really need a new monitor hope i can find one for a good price. I guess i dont need to worry about a hdmi 2.1 connection right? PS5 and Series X probably wont be able to make much use of it and that is probably also true for PC gaming
 

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It's nice, it comes down to user preference. I like IPS for the vibrant colors.
Its probably the best option to get 1440p IPS display. i opened another thread of the subject trying to finally decide on what monitor i should get. I realized 4K is just too expansive right now. Too much money and too much performance from the gpu.

Btw.. what do you think of this monitor?

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6XPgXL/lg-27gl850-b-270-2560x1440-144-hz-monitor-27gl850-b
 

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Its probably the best option to get 1440p IPS display. i opened another thread of the subject trying to finally decide on what monitor i should get. I realized 4K is just too expansive right now. Too much money and too much performance from the gpu.

Btw.. what do you think of this monitor?

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6XPgXL/lg-27gl850-b-270-2560x1440-144-hz-monitor-27gl850-b
I like that one as well, I've always been fond of LG displays. Never had issues and usually they are well setup even right out of the box.
 
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