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Upgrading my monitor

Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:24 pm

I'm currently in the process of upgrading my PC, the new specs will be:

i5 4690
16GB of RAM
GTX 1060 6GB

To go with my fancy new GPU I think it would be good to upgrade my monitor as well. There's nothing particularly wrong with my monitor at the moment, it's 24 inches and 1080p. It's a ProLite E2472HD in case you're interested.

For my new monitor I am primarily looking for something a bit bigger. I've decided that ultrawide is what I'm looking for, for more immersive games and to have more real estate when I'm doing stuff on WIndows (spreadsheets, movies, internet surfing, etc...).

I originally thought big and fell in love with this monitor: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Predator- ... edator+z35
I then figured that my GPU won't be able to handle it so it would be a waste for the setup I currently have. Maybe when I upgrade again in a couple of years time.

So I moved on to this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-29UM69G-Ult ... 88&sr=1-3&

So am I on the right track? Have I selected the right monitor? Is it a worthwhile upgrade? I'm thinking 29" ultrawide with 2560x1080 resolution is the way to go.

The games I usually play are RPGs, with Witcher 3 and Dragon Age Inquisition currently on my to play list. I'm also a big fan of Xcom-like games, currently playing XCom 2 WOTC.
 
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Re: Upgrading my monitor

Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:17 pm

Variable refresh rate :D

It really is an absolute game changer, especially at settings where your GPU can't get you up above 60 FPS.

Edit:

In case you aren't sure that you've chose right (though looks good to me), have you seen these?

NVIDIA's list of monitors is short because although it now does FreeSync in the latest drivers, it's only turned on by default in the (few) monitors that NVIDIA staff have certified, this is the 'G-SYNC Compatible' group on the page. These are typically much cheaper than the full 'G-SYNC' monitors which require expensive additional (in-monitor) hardware. Others, like my BenQ XL2730Z, could well be very good screens with wide VRR ranges (e.g. 40-144 Hz) but not be certified to work when you tick the box in the NVIDIA control panel.

AMD's list is much bigger, and actually helpful in finding a monitor to buy; these should all work on a recent GeForce once the box is ticked, but it's not guaranteed.

Blur Busters' list is at least independent, and is split into groups so you could find see the high refresh (also game-changing IMO!) ultrawides all together.

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Re: Upgrading my monitor

Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:15 am

Topinio wrote:
Variable refresh rate :D

It really is an absolute game changer,

I see what you did there! :lol:
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Re: Upgrading my monitor

Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:51 am

Yeah, don't buy a GSync monitor. After tomorrow when they add FreeSync support, GSync will essentially be a dead end to lock yourself into Nvidia GPUs for the life of your monitor.
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Re: Upgrading my monitor

Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:03 am

DPete27 wrote:
Yeah, don't buy a GSync monitor. After tomorrow when they add FreeSync support, GSync will essentially be a dead end to lock yourself into Nvidia GPUs for the life of your monitor.


Nvidia is going to likely discontinue the G-Sync modules since they are hitting limitations with 4K@120hz and limited HDR space. This was another factor why they going with VESA's adaptive sync spec. They are going to rebrand G-Sync as "G-Sync Ultimate" as a setup for special HDR range and adaptive range. Only selected monitor SKUs that can match it. It will be their answer to AMD's Freesync2 which just VESA adaptive sync plus a proprietary HDR range.
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Re: Upgrading my monitor

Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:09 am

Yeah, the problem with "GSync Ultimate" is that they're using the $500 GSync HDR module when you can do without under VESA like AMD did. The only thing that gives "GSync Ultimate" is the panel in front of the module. Anybody can build a monitor around a good panel.
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Re: Upgrading my monitor

Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:44 pm

Wouldn't you like your new big monitor to have 1440 or more vertical pixels?
$370 2560x1440 flat 32" VA: Pixio PX329 (48-144 Hz FreeSync)
$390 / £498 2560x1440 curved 31½" VA: AOC Agon AG322QCX (48-144 Hz FreeSync)
$480 -10MIR 3440x1440 curved 34" VA: MSI Optix MAG341CQ (48-100 Hz FreeSync)
$994 3440x1440 curved 34" IPS: LG UltraGear 34GK950F-B (55-100 Hz FreeSync2 HDR400)
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Re: Upgrading my monitor

Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:51 pm

Gsync monitors are crap these days.
 
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Re: Upgrading my monitor

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:35 pm

6royce wrote:
Gsync monitors are crap these days.

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