Question Monitor help

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So I just built a new rig. Specs are.... ryzen 9 3900x Asus rog strix x570 e gaming Asus rog strix 2080 ti 32gb trident z neo OCD to 3600mhz dark flash 240mm aio. My question is I play competitive shooter games. Apex legends being my main game. From what I've read gaming in 4k isnt sufficient. What kind of monitor should I get for gaming? I've heard get a ton panel and I've heard get an IPS monitor. I'd like to game at 1440p since my GPU is more than enough to handle that smoothly...so what would be the BEST monitor for me? 32 inches and smaller is what I like...thanks in advance!
 
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To pick a monitor, it's good when you know more about different monitor panel types. There are 3x kinds of monitor panels: TN, VA and IPS. Actually there are more (variations of the main three) but i focus on these main ones.

TN panel is oldest of the three and also cheapest. Where TN panel excels is it's performance, most notably response time (1ms) and refresh rate. At current date, only TN panel monitor can achieve 240Hz but other panel types are catching up with refresh rate.
Though, TN panel also has it's downsides. Prominent ones are: poor color accuracy (washed out colors), very narrow view angle and poor contrast ratio (max 1000:1).

Gaming wise, TN panel monitor is best suited for fast-paced games (FPS, racing etc), where you don't care as much about pretty colors as you do about smoothness of movements.

IPS panel has been around for some time and is also the most expensive of the thee.
Where IPS panel excels is it's color accuracy, which is the best of the thee. Also, it has widest viewing angles of the three.
But where IPS panel falls short is response time. IPS technology by design can't be any faster than 4ms (compared to the 1ms most TN panels are). Another area where IPS panel falls short is it's poor contrast ratio which is equal to a TN panel (max 1000:1), despite it's great color accuracy. This is most prominent when looking at black image and where black isn't black but instead gray or some form of blue. Refresh rates aren't IPS panel strong side either and many IPS panels are 60Hz, especially on higher resolutions. There are some 1440p 165Hz and 4K 120Hz IPS panel monitors out there but they are few and far apart, also costing a fortune.

Gaming wise, IPS panel monitor is best suited for slow-paced games (RPG, strategy etc), where you have time to see all those pretty colors and where smoothness of movements isn't that important.

VA panel is the newest of the three and price wise, it falls between TN and IPS. VA panel was created to take the best of both worlds (TN and IPS) and combine them.
Where VA panel excels is it's contrast ratio (min 3000:1), where you'd see the deepest and richest blacks. Also, it doesn't fall short on other aspects as well. VA panel color accuracy isn't as good as it is for IPS panel but it's close to the levels of IPS panel (considerably better than TN panel). It's viewing angle is also a notch smaller than that of an IPS panel but again, considerably better than that of a TN panel. Refresh rate wise, VA panel is more capable on different resolutions than IPS panel but it doesn't match the 240Hz of a TN panel (at least not yet). Response time is another area where VA panel does good. While VA panel can't naturally be any faster than 4ms (just like IPS panel), it can achieve the magical 1ms response thanks to the software solution in it.
Downside of VA panel monitor is that not many of them are around at current date.

Gaming wise, VA panel monitor is suited for all kinds of games. VA panel is like Jack of all trades but master of none.


That being said, here are some suggestions:
32", 1440p
MSI Optix MAG321CQR - 144Hz, VA panel, 1ms response time, curved screen, Freesync: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQG1FFB
Acer Predator Z321QU - 165Hz, VA panel, 4ms response time, curved screen, G-Sync: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BDQNDKY

27", 1440p
Samsung CHG70 - 144Hz, VA panel, 1ms response time, curved screen, Freesync: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSQ5QN8
Asus ROG Swift PG27VQ - 165Hz, TN panel, 1ms response time, curved screen, G-Sync: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772CP7GC

27", 1080p
Acer Predator XB272 bmiprz - 240Hz, TN panel, 1ms response time, flat screen, G-Sync: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071D6NGMH
 

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