Looking for LCD monitor

By bradthegreat
Mar 21, 2006
  1. I am looking to upgrade from a CRT to an LCD. I am a gamer, but not a super intense one. My graphics card is GeForce4 MX, so now you know what kind of a gamer I am. I'm looking for 17-19" for 200-250$$.
    What would you suggest? is there a brand that is better than others? what specs should I make sure to get? What's up with the DVI thing anyway? any imput would be great, and hopefully this is in the right forum. Thanks.
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404,typid,10,00.asp

    There is a good start for some reading on which are good and why. DVI-I output is a digital output. You may as well get it, although your current card is only outputting analog you may end up with a graphics card in the future that will make use of DVI-I output.

    For LCD the important stats are:

    Contrast ratio: you'll see numbers like 500:1 or 600:1 or 700:1, the higher the better.
    Refresh rate: for example 8ms is great, 16ms is OK, more is risky if you are a gamer.
    Brightness: 250 cd/m2, 300 cd/m2, etc.

    The thing about LCD monitors though, is that most of the guidelines for advertising the specs above are not strictly regulated. For LCD monitors, if at all possible it is always best to look at the picture yourself first hand before buying.
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