bfun buys a monitor

Discussion in 'Technology' started by bfun, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. My work monitor is my old personal monitor that started to take a shit. Well now it's starting a double shit. I'm not sure if I want to replace it with a cheap VA monitor or buy a better monitor for myself and move my personal144Hz VA panel to the work side. And if I get one for myself, do I get a 4K or a good 1440p? 32" is the only option. Ah the decision is so hard. I'm not sure if I'd like a 4K monitor and if I got one I'd need to upgrade my GPU. A good triple fan 3070 is $550 right now.
  2. 4K sounds great in paper but it's just too hard to use in real world. I tried various sizes and just never found the sweet spot. I had high hopes for a 43" 4K which should've given me equivalent of 4x 1080 22" monitors. But too much neck pain and head tilting. Basically only used the dead center of the screen anyway...

    Part of it is I refuse to run non-native resolution or use software zooms because I paid for 8 million pixels. I think old age has caught up with me, and you're 40 years older so you'll have it worse for sure.
  3. I think 1440p is the sweet spot right now. You can go for a 27" and go for pixel density, or go for 32" and go for screen real estate. 1440p is pretty easy to drive by today's standards. I'm using a 6 year old GTX 1070 and I can run most games on high or even ultra settings at 1440p. It's just a handful of newer and badly optimized games where I have to turn a few things down. Your average dudebrah running a 2060 or 3060 would have no trouble driving 1440p. 1440p monitors have also gotten cheap. You have a lot of options now for right around $300. The hardware to drive 4K in games just isn't there yet unless you want to spend a fortune on something like a 3080 or 3090, and even on huge screens you will probably still need to scale quite a bit.
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  4. I narrowed it down to an LG 32GP850-B or Gigabyte M32Q. Both are midrange 32" 1440P IPS gaming monitors. I was leaning towards the Gigabyte and waiting for a sale when the HP X32 (31.5" 2560x1440 QHD 165Hz 1ms IPS FreeSync) popped up on sale at Best Buy for $199. Very little info on that monitor, but it's suggested that it uses the same panel as the LG 32GP850-B. As far as I know there are only two panels made with these specs. An Innolux which the Gigabyte uses, and an LG that the LG uses. It's possible HP got b-stock LG panels but if there is an issue it should be easy to return to the store.

    Just got a call from BB. They said the store was out of stock and they will ship one to me. Hopefully this doesn't fall through.