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    Looking for a monitor

    within the next month ill be getting a new computer. as a digital artist i was wondering as to what kind i should get.

    keep in mind, though, that im going to be using it for gaming too so i dont mind if they dont look their best just not total crap. also, im not the richest guy around so something below $400 would be good i guess.

    thanks for yer help.


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    Well, If you want big and cheap, a CRT is the way to go. I've heard good things about Sony in that department, but have no personal experience. Just stay away from HP, because I do have experience with one of those, and I don't recommend it.

    As for LCD monitors, I recommend Philips. The one I'm working on right now has been going strong for 3+ years without so much as a dead pixel, and the one at home has been going for 4+ years without any problems either. Make sure that the resolution is nice and high though, as this old model I have only goes up to 1024x768. You're gonna want something higher than that.

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    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...asp?CatId=172&

    Check out TigerDirect, I recently bought a refurbished 21-incher for under $200, including shipping. I love it! Only bad thing is there are two very faint horizontal shadows from the aperture grill. Dead pixels bother me to no end, but I got used to the lines within a few days, so they're not very noticable.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfacto
    Make sure that the resolution is nice and high though, as this old model I have only goes up to 1024x768. You're gonna want something higher than that.
    yeah, i figured i should get one capable of a hi res.

    someone on another forum suggested to stay away from LCD screens cuz A) id never get a true black (dont really know what that means) and B) cuz of the dead pixel thing.

    i thought this one looked kinda nice:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...8&Sku=H54-1902

    what do you guys think?

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    I just bought a Samsung Syncmaster 997MB 19" CRT monitor. It's great. I run dual monitors with my old Syncmaster 750s on an NVidia GeForce 6600. I tweaked the contrast & color calibration settings of my GeForce videocard and it looks great. The 19" Syncmaster can handle 1600x1200 @ 76 Hz. That's pretty good. I paid only $245 CDN. In the U.S. you might be able to get this monitor for less than $200. You're not gonna be able to find an LCD that matches this quality unless you spend upwards of $800. Big price difference.

    I recommend CRT's right now, unless you're rich! Ask yourself: Do you really need to save about 12 inches of desk space? Is that worth $400-$500? I realized that with the desk I have my computer on, if I had an LCD it would still sit close to me (because I like to be fairly close to the screen), and thus there would end up being a whole lot of empty space behind the LCD.

    Obviously, there's advantages to both LCD's and CRT's. Some people claim LCD's are easier on the eyes. That's probably because they're not as bright. Hey, if I want I can turn down the contrast & brightness on my CRT and it WILL be easier on the eyes.

    There are LCD's that kick ass though. I friend had one of those Apple widescreen flatpanel monitors. It was very, very nice, but costed around $1500!

    With LCD's you have to worry about dead pixels. Sure, you can ship them back, but it's a pain. Over time they can develop dead pixels when your warranty runs out.

    Where I used to work, the company bought cheap LCD's for everyone. They were the typical Best Buy $300 ones. So I had dual monitors (one the LCD, and a CRT - both 19"). The LCD was horrible. The 'refresh' was slow enough that it caused ghosting. The Art Director wasn't happy, and made sure everyone used the calibrated CRT for judging images.

    Just about everyone in the industry (videogames) that I've talked to still prefers CRT's - unless you can dish out the thousands for a killer LCD.

    CRT's are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now is the time to buy one because a decent CRT has a lot of technology in it developed over the past decades. And they're selling cheap. I've heard Plasma is good, but I don't know much about them.

    That's my 2 cents. So in a nutshell, if money is no object, go get a real nice widescreen LCD. But if you don't have wads of cash to drop, pick up a decent CRT. Oh, and if you don't run dual monitors, try it out. There's nothing better than having a full screen in Photoshop to paint on with the toolbars on the other monitor. Don't worry about the quality of the 'toolbar' monitor because it's meant only for toolbars! I work in 3DS Max quite extensively so there's a lot of toolbars on that spare monitor. Finally, don't worry about the 'gap' between monitors, which can be a few inches. You'll get used to it!

    There, I ended that last sentence in a preposition.

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    okay, CRT it is then.

    ill just do a bit more research and make my decision. the reason i wanted an LCD was becuause my desk space is rather limited and i dont wanna not have enough room for my tablet, but i supposed there are ways around that. and i dont think ill be doing the dual screen thing for a while.

    btw, nice drawings!

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    I'm looking for a new monitor, and was really thinking about one of the LCD Viewsonics or a Hyundai L90D, but I'm goin to need to do some more research.

    Does anyone like their LCD (and didn't pay over $400)?

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    If you don't have much desk space and you have a CRT, just pull the desk away from the wall about 4 inches so the back end of the CRT will hang over the edge. Most CRT's have the support stand near the front of the monitor (where it's heavier). You can let the CRT stick past the desk. Of course, this eats up space into your room. However, I assume you don't have your desk in a hallway!

    I always fought with small desks. No room for nothing on those things. With a computer, 2 monitors, a keyboard, mouse, wacom tablet, room for drinks, etc... I just went to IKEA and bought a simple table that's much deeper than most computer desks.

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    Next to the Sony CRTs I have found the Viewsonics to be very close in quality.
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    @BrianT: actually, i just was at IKEA yesterday too. :p i got a bunch of crap for my new room.

    im gonna use the desk im using right now, and ive got a 17" on here so i reckon deskspace shouldnt be too big of a problem. (its a corner-unit desk too)

    anyway, i booted the idea of LCDs and i narrowed down to two monitors:
    this one:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...3573&CatId=172
    and a dis a one:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...4163&CatId=169

    the first one is cheaper and 21", but it may be too big. :p
    the second one is $90 more and 19". theyre both capable of 1600 x 1200 res, so thats not really a problem. what do you guys think?

    and how bout these speakers? sexy, no? :p anyone had any experience with logitech? the reviews are pretty positive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wargoul
    anyway, i booted the idea of LCDs and i narrowed down to two monitors:
    this one:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...3573&CatId=172
    and a dis a one:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...4163&CatId=169

    the first one is cheaper and 21", but it may be too big. :p
    the second one is $90 more and 19". theyre both capable of 1600 x 1200 res, so thats not really a problem. what do you guys think?
    On the first one, make sure you read the explanation of "off-lease." Even though it has been inspected & repaired this is still used equipment.
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