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    Buying a new monitor

    Hey guys, I was just looking for some advice since I'm about to go out and buy this monitor (139 in store):

    http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ.../10193159.aspx


    Now the specifications say VGA only (which I find hard to believe).

    I'm not sure if it comes with the proper DVI cables, apparently it only comes with a VGA cable, which is dumb, so would I be able to use the one I am using now on my older 2007 monitor with this new monitor? I have a DVI-I single link cable.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DV...ctor_Types.svg

    ^ The top one or the third one down is the one I have.

    Or would I have to drop 40 dollars for a DVI-??? cable at the store as well?

    I'm unsure about the connections here, what should seem pretty simple is rather complicated now that I am reading into different DVI variations. The screenshot showing the back of the monitor shows either a DVI-I Dual Link or a DVI-D.

    I spent a little while this morning looking into the facts and ended up throwing my hands up in the air (literally) and made some funny Zoidberg noises.

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    What is your total budget for a monitor including tax?

    Also, I'm not seeing "vga only" anywhere, for output I see "VGA; DVI" though I do see the In the box VGA Cable, and I would recommend DVI over that.

    I have a Samsung 22 inch LCD that I'm happy with, I see that monitor particularly has only a 3 star review rating though.

    For a little more money you could get this LG 23" LED IPS Monitor for 179.99
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    200 dollars. After reading into it more, apparently I should just buy a DVI-D cable since apparently they can go into DVI-I sockets on video cards, etc.

    So what... DVI-D male to male? Or http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...10b3e26c85en02

    Also, the newegg reviews are much better on it.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo
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    Why would you choose to spend money on an inferior monitor & cable? If your budget is 200 look at the monitor I posted and maybe consider quality over older technology.

    I wouldn't advise getting that monitor just because it's less expensive, you're going to have to spend money on a DVI cable after anyways right?
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    Isn't there a new max resolution out for PC monitors? Is it worth buying a 1080p monitor these days?

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    Actually, I might not have to buy any cables now... after double checking my cords, it turns out I have a single link DVI-D cable... which means I should be fine, right?

    I wouldn't advise getting that monitor just because it's less expensive, you're going to have to spend money on a DVI cable after anyways right?
    I just wanted a 23in monitor with LED to be honest. It seems like an alright monitor for gaming anyway.

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    1920 x 1080 seems to be the standard. I currently have a ACER X243W which I appearantly can't buy anywhere anymore, which is 1920x1200. I kind of expected this to be the 'standard' resolution for 24", but not many monitors are made with that resolution.

    Even the new 27" I ordered (260$ or so on newegg), Asus VE278H is 1920x1080. The resolution after that is 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 but those cost above 500$ or so.

    I would highly suggest to not go for the cheapest, I could probably get a 27" for 180-200$ or a 24" for 100-120$ but it's a lot worse than what I'm getting now. I usually have monitors for a couple of years, my second monitor is my Philips 170s, a crappy 17" with 15 ms refreshrate. But then again, it's almost 7 years old I think.

    Long story short, spent a few more bucks to get something you can use for years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reohh View Post

    Turns out I might buy that one. That free shipping hooked me. And it looks like it comes with all necessary cables.

    Or a 2ms model of it since apparently it's cheaper:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236175

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    Quote Originally Posted by AhhSpiders View Post
    Turns out I might buy that one. That free shipping hooked me. And it looks like it comes with all necessary cables.

    Or a 2ms model of it since apparently it's cheaper:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236175
    I bought that one (2ms) for my sisters xmas gift. $119 after rebate with the black friday deal. Hooked it up, it had no dead pixels and looked better than my lg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AhhSpiders View Post
    Turns out I might buy that one. That free shipping hooked me. And it looks like it comes with all necessary cables.

    Or a 2ms model of it since apparently it's cheaper:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236175
    The one I have is an IPS panel and the 2ms one isnt. Not sure if you are interested in IPS panels but if not then the 2ms one is very very nice.

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