Recommendations on reliable monitor


Nov 28, 2009
My system bits are:

CPU: i5-2500k
RAM: Vengeance™ Low Profile — 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)
PSU: OCZ Z Series 1000 W Power Supply
GPU: IGP on the i5-2500k for now, SLI 560TI 2GB later
HSF: cooler master Hyper 212+
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced for now. (Too expensive, will start using Antec Three Hundred (not Illusion))
LCD: ?

I do not have a very discerning eye for photographs/pictures on a screen so an average quality "office grade" monitor would suffice I guess.

NO fancy addons - just need a long lasting, reliable monitor that can:

0. Have LED backlight (I read it has more life than anything else available right now)
1. Handle direct digital input (not VGA! DVI-D/I, HDMI etc OK)
2. Available from most B&M stores *or* have free return shipping if it turns out to be faulty (don't wanna pay $30+ to ship back a $200 monitor)

To give you an idea of what I like, here are two models that appealed to me:

Target usage:

0. Coding and reading webpages - preferably upto 6 feet away
1. Gaming (HL2/DOOM3,4/Crysis2/Dirt2/BF3)
2. Watching DVDs

I would like to buy one or even two of these - am open for deals for a BOGO or discount on two or more items and things like that.

Open to getting 3 if I find a real good deal (say $400 to $450 for all three before tax)

Keep in mind:

0. I am in CA. Would like to avoid that recycliing fee if possible.
1. My MB has DVI and HDMI ports. This means that to have a dual monitor setup, I need to have a monitor with both DVI and HDMI port.


Sep 8, 2009
I myself use samsung for all my primary displays. I have been using there LN46C650 for the past few years and never have i had a monitor with better picture, color, response, or quality. i use my computer for everything from gaming, to blueray, to photoshop, and maya. last i checked asus used samsing panels in there displays so id say its a safe bet for picture quality.