So Ive got my tax return coming soon and Im going to build a new rig with it, but first, I need a new monitor. And soon.
Ive not yet found anything that meets all my requirements and I am doubtful I will.
Money isnt that much of an issue, but Id like to stay below 600 CAD, preferably 500. I will likely buy from MemoryExpress as they are local, but I would not be against ordering from NCIX or another decent retailer.
I would prefer something around 23-24 inches in a 16:10 ratio. A res of 1920x1200 or higher is preferred. I am willing to increase monitor size for a better ppi. Screen tech I am open to anything. I would love a PLS, but currently there are only two models, neither of which is ideal for me.
I am going to be using it mostly for gaming, but something with a rotation so I can put it portrait would be nice for programming. I will also be hooking up my 360, so a displayport or dvi is necessary so I can adapt the HDMI to it. Not sure if a larger resolution would cause an issue for the 360, but . it, thats just temporary for a few months. Sound over HDMI would be nice, even if it is just a pass through, but I can hack apart a 360 cable to get the analogue sound. I would absolutely love to have a 120Hz screen. Ive gamed on them and they do make a difference.
I definitely prefer matte screens over glossy.
Ive been told bout the BenQ XL2420T, and it sounds good aside from being 16:9, but I have been told that BenQ has a bad rep for image quality. Im not certain how true that is.
The Dell IPS line-up looks nice too, but lacks the 120Hz.
The ASUS PA238Q has also been pointed out to me. Not sure if that is really much of a gaming monitor though. Same goes for the PA246Q.
I guess my ideal monitor doesnt exist, but I am open to suggestions, even if they exceed my budget, if it is good enough, I am bound to buy it.
P.S.: No interest in using a TV as a monitor.