27" monitor suggestion, less than $500

By DonNagual
Dec 28, 2012
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  1. Hello all. It's time to get a new monitor, in the $500 or lower range.

    I have a gtx 670 graphics card.

    Can anyone offer some input on narrowing down the options?

    Will be used for gaming. Do I go for a 2560 x 1440 resolution?
  2. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Addict Posts: 414   +112

    I don't think that 2560 x 1440 is the way to go for you. You won't find very many decent 2560 x 1440 monitors under $500 dollars. Also, the GTX 670 doesn't like high resolutions, so you may end up turning the resolution down for a lot of new games.

    This is a great monitor for $500:

    It's got a great response time, is 3D ready, and has a 144Hz refresh rate.
  3. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,366   +9

  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,569

  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 5,126   +883

    Depending upon what kind of connectivity and feature set you're after, I'd look at (and have bought) the LG IPS panels from the South Korean vendors on eBay. Various choices available, and the product is pretty good. The only downsides are lack of on screen menu (no biggie), one year warranty (you can generally buy a warranty extension if needed), and needing to do some research on models if you're after DisplayPort, higher refresh rates, inbuilt speakers etc. I would suggest only looking at the "perfect pixel" (zero dead/bright pixel) listings. The "tested" panels might be OK, but also may have the occasional bright/dead pixel. You should get some change out of $500.
    I'm using a GTX 670 at present, albeit at slightly better than 680 clocks. 2560x1440 doesn't represent much of a challenge for BF3, Metro 2033 etc. Haven't found a game yet that I've needed to downscale for at a reasonable level of image quality.
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,389   +135

    Korean IPS is my vote :)
    But since you're in Japan you may be able to get good IPS panels for not a lot, like the one you linked above.
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,548   +370

    Based on your location and your willingness to go with something outside the US I'd vote for a Korean IPS as well... but I may be biased. I do know that I was incredibly lucky with my monitor purchase and have had no problem with it and no out pixels, but my story doesn't come with any guarantees.
  8. Zeutrinox

    Zeutrinox TS Rookie Posts: 37

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