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Decent gaming monitor for $200-250?

MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member EpicPosts: 3,531
A friend of mine wants to get a monitor for casual gaming.  Is it possible to get a decent one in the $200-250 range?  If so, any suggestions?

Thanks!

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  • MendelMendel Member LegendaryPosts: 5,253
    Sure.  You won't be pushing 4k resolutions, but there's plenty of great monitors running 1920x1080.  That's probably all you need for casual gaming.  My ACER 23" was about $120 (US) when I replaced it in 2017.



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  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 24,444
    It depends on what you consider decent, but I'd say probably.  A cursory look found this:

    https://www.newegg.com/black-acer-vg270u-bmiipx-um-hv0aa-005-27/p/N82E16824011340
    2560x1440 resolution
    75 Hz refresh rate
    IPS panel
    27" diagonal
    FreeSync support
    $235, including shipping

    https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16824012016
    1920x1080 resolution
    144 Hz refresh rate
    IPS panel
    27" diagonal
    FreeSync support
    $210 with promo code

    https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16824569005
    2560x1440 resolution
    144 HZ refresh rate
    VA panel
    32" diagonal
    FreeSync  support
    $245, including shipping

    You can also go somewhat cheaper if you're willing to accept smaller sizes or lower refresh rates.  Don't get a TN panel, though.  Just don't.
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  • coretex666coretex666 Member EpicPosts: 4,159
    You can get an ok screen for this money. It will come down to your friend’s preference in terms of size / resolution / refresh rate / panel type.

    He will be forced to prioritise between those as he cant have all of those “maxed out” at this price range. This depends also on what type of games he plays and whether he also uses the screen for watching movies and so on. Its hard to give a specific recommendation. E.g. I can propose a bigger screen with better resolution, but lower refresh rate not knowing that your friend is big into CSGO or something :).
  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 7,341
    edited November 2020
    I’d recommend IPS panel in whatever screen size they want as a main priority. Refresh rate with Freesync a second (although anything over 144 is pretty meh), and the overall screen resolution as a last consideration. 

    Between those three factors you can net a decent monitor. Resolution is where you will start to really pay some money.
  • fineflufffinefluff Member UncommonPosts: 408
    ASUS - TUF Gaming VG249Q 144Hz 23.8” IPS LCD FHD 1ms FreeSync Gaming Monitor is a good one. I think it is normally $250, but it was recently on sale for $170 at BestBuy. Appears to be sold out now. I got it and am happy with it, especially for the price. Here is a video going over it's features: 
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  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 6,390
    edited November 2020
    I will shock everyone. If you are going 24" or less for a monitor. Pick a VA panel. Viewing angle doesn't matter too much with a screen that small. The color accuracy isn't important unless your workload requires it in which case there are OLED options at 22". They will have better contrast and will refresh faster. They are also cheaper in general. When increasing refresh rate on IPS panels, they tend to suffer a little in areas it's strong in.
    Here are a couple from AOC from $150 ~ $250: AOC C24G1, AOC G2490VX
    Here are a couple from MSI for $200~$250: MSI Optix MAG240CR, MSI Optix G24C
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  • VrikaVrika Member LegendaryPosts: 7,380
    Cleffy said:
    I will shock everyone. If you are going 24" or less for a monitor.
    I'd recommend getting a bit larger than just 24 inch unless you're so limited in space that you can't get a larger one.
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  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 7,341
    edited December 2020
    Cleffy said:
    I will shock everyone. If you are going 24" or less for a monitor. Pick a VA panel. Viewing angle doesn't matter too much with a screen that small. The color accuracy isn't important unless your workload requires it in which case there are OLED options at 22". 

    I will admit I haven't looked specifically at the monitors your talking about, but my general beef with VA for computer monitors is that they tend to look pretty muddy with fast moving scenes because of ghosting.

    It's all a matter of tradeoffs:

    - TN is the fastest and cheapest, but has the worst viewing angles and color

    - IPS has the best color and viewing angle, but suffers from backlight bleed and poor dark images, and relies heavily on backlight zoning

    - VA shoots the middle between TN and IPS, but has issues with ghosting

    - OLED has the best contract and dark levels, but can suffer from image retention / burn-in, and isn't readily available in most common sizes

    - MicroLED isn't available yet.

    Gotta take the good with the bad - none of them are perfect.
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  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 7,341
    I would say OLED is a better option than it has been in the past, but I wouldn't go in so far as to say it's better than anything else out there, as it still has some pretty big caveats.

    Either the screen is pretty small (like 21"), or pretty big (48"+++), and your going to pay a good deal (high hundreds at the least) just to get in.

    That said, something like the LG CX is definitely starting to turn some heads as a gaming option. They are marketing it more so for the consoles, but all the same things that make it a good console screen also make it good for PC gaming. It just isn't terribly great as a PC monitor for tasks other than gaming.
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  • JensynJensyn Member UncommonPosts: 133
    Mine is coming in this week-I'll let you know how it performs. :)
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