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    Monitor upgrade suggestions

    I recently upgraded my video card from a BFG 7600GT to a BFG 8800 OC GTS 512. I went from 19-26 FPS to 45-60FPS.

    I am interesting purchasing another monitor. Right now I have a Viewsonic 19" VX922 which has a 2ms response time. I was thinking about purchasing another one; however, this particular model is hard to come by. Does anyone have another suggestion?

    #2
    Samsung is the way to go. If cost is a huge priority then you can get one of the 226BW's 22" for only around 280 on the intarwebz. In brick-and-mortar that now have the 2232GW series, which features a glossy screen very similar to a regular CRT monitor for around $360 (overpaid a little, but it was Christmas =P)... and I'm in love with mine.

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      #3
      I like dell

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        #4
        Acer X243w 24" widescreen 1920x1200 res 5ms response time 1000:1 contrast ratio at Office Depot for $399. I bought an XFX 8800 GT 512 mb and I'm stoked that it all runs quite smoothly. I have a refresh rate of 60hz so I cap my fps at 60. It rarely drops below on max settings, no AA.

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          #5
          I love my Dell SE198WFP
          19"/ max res: 1440 x 900/ 5ms response time
          full specs here: http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors...5.html?tag=sub

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            #6
            Also since my lcd monitor has a refresh rate of 75hz, how to I set my FPS cap at that? Ive been looking everywhere but cant find the answer.

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              #7
              Edit the UTEngine.ini found in C:\Documents and Settings\*yournamehere*\My Documents\My Games\Unreal Tournament 3\UTGame\Config

              look for [Engine.GameEngine] and underneath that set
              bSmoothFrameRate=TRUE
              MaxSmoothedFrameRate=75.000000

              set the min to whatever you feel is appropriate. 22 is default, but I have my min and max both set to 60 (my refresh rate).

              Then if I were you I'd look for [SystemSettings] and set
              UseVsync=True

              This will turn on Vsync so that it will sync your frame rate to your monitor refresh rate. Then in your advanced display properties set triple buffering on. Use this only if you use Vsync.

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                #8
                http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132859...roduct_reviews

                this is the one to get if your going samsung also this is the best price i could find

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by bclagge View Post
                  Edit the UTEngine.ini found in C:\Documents and Settings\*yournamehere*\My Documents\My Games\Unreal Tournament 3\UTGame\Config

                  look for [Engine.GameEngine] and underneath that set
                  bSmoothFrameRate=TRUE
                  MaxSmoothedFrameRate=75.000000

                  set the min to whatever you feel is appropriate. 22 is default, but I have my min and max both set to 60 (my refresh rate).

                  Then if I were you I'd look for [SystemSettings] and set
                  UseVsync=True

                  This will turn on Vsync so that it will sync your frame rate to your monitor refresh rate. Then in your advanced display properties set triple buffering on. Use this only if you use Vsync.
                  Cool thanks, it looks a little complicated, but I think I can figure it out.

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                    #10
                    dell and acer are both excellent, i've had problems with samsung.

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                      #11
                      Thanks bclagge, I just upped my max FPS to my monitors refresh rate(75hz), and my minimum to 30 (so it'll be on par with the PS3 version) and I get far more stable, and smoother framerates throughout! Basic Moving around levels, driving around, and action from mid to long range stay between 50-75 FPS, and only in the heaviest firefights do I even approach the 30 FPS mark! One thing that confuses me is, I currently have the game on 4/4 GFX settings, and am getting lets say between 40-70 FPS. But when I crank it up to 5/5 the game chugs at a measely 20 FPS....At the moment I have the game running at 1024 x 768 to maximize performace(and it still looks great). What my real question is, is there a NOTICABLE difference between 4/4 and 5/5? I dont see one...I know I dont have the best system specs, and I think they are excellent for how this baby runs, but would I have to have significantly higher specs to even see a difference? Now like I said, I dont really see a difference between the two, so why does my PC run it so bad at those settings? Is it little touches to the GFX all over, that just add up to be too much for my PC to handle? In any case, I think my PC running UT3 is the same quality(if not crisper) as my friend running it on his PS3...So im completely satisfied, but it is a bit odd that I dont see a significant change in quality but am getting near unplayable framerates...

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                        #12
                        I just bought a BenQ FP241W 24" LCD monitor. It's pretty much the best 24" LCD monitor out there. It has an A-MVA panel which beats the **** out of all other 24" monitor panels out there since they use TN panels which have good response times but crappy viewing angles and they only have 6-bits + dithering (16.2 million total colors but only around 200,000 true colors, rest are dithered.) which isn't as good as 8-bit panels which have a true 16.7 million colors. Runs at 1920x1200 resolution, has HDMI w/HDCP, component, DVI, D-SUB/VGA, S-Video, composite inputs, and a USB hub. Also, it has a 6ms response time which means no ghosting. It's only ~$560 CAD but the model is now discontinued so it will be very hard to find.

                        The difference between this A-MVA panel and a TN panel is very drastic. It looks MUCH better than any other 24" out there.

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                          #13
                          Like I said, I love my Dell 19" lcd monitor...Honestly, for where my monitor is located, anything bigger would be too big for me, I think this is the perfect size for my setup.

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                            #14
                            The Samsung 226bw that was mentioned is great, I have it myself. It's also 2ms like your monitor, and 1000:1 contrast ratio(I won't lie to you like they will and say 3000:1).

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                              #15
                              xeonshock: How would I know if my monitor is TN? What is TN? Mine was advertised as TFT. And it has a viewing angle of 160 degrees. That's approaching the practical max, since in theory you can't even see the front of the monitor if you were to go beyond 178 degrees or so. Plus we all sit in front of our monitors anyway, so it doesn't really matter.

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