Looking for gaming monitor: LCD or CRT?

By Fred G · 34 replies
Feb 23, 2007
  1. I need a good gaming monitor for my new computer (E6600 or E6700, Bad axe 2, 2 ATI Radeon x1950 pro or 8800GTS,WD Raptor 150 GB, Seagate Barracuda 250 GB, OCZ 700w) and i cant figure out whats better LCD or CRT? I've heard people say that CRT is better, but LCD has better image quality/brigter colors. Furthermore i dont know what size to get, once again, i've heard peopel say that one would need at least 24" to take advantage of 8800 cards or SLI/Xfire, is this true?

    I would like to play all of my games in as high a resolution as possible, what do you think would work for me? I always liked the Samsung monitors personally but i dont know if they are still good, which brands are considred good today?
  2. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 274

    i dont know if thats true, but i use a 21" crt and a 17" crt, they work great i think and the picture quality is great too especially running quake 4, and my 21" is a samsung, i plugged it in and it was recognized automatically and its great, and most of my games run great in 1600x1200 at 32bit color on my crt... but the disadvantage i found was i need huge desk to hold the monitors, and talk about heavy, if you space saving monitor get a fp, and all around fp are great but me personally prefer crts (because they are cheaper too!) so id would get a 21-24 in crt if you can find one, i love mine...
  3. Fred G

    Fred G TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86

    Yep, LCD is expensive, i dont think i'll be able to spend more than $500 on a monitor, fortunately i do have room on my desk (4' L x 33" W) for a CRT and the pc. So you a think that Samsing is a good brand for monitors as well?
  4. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 274

    yes samsung is great
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  5. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,345   +13

    I've got an Acer 22" widescreen flat panel monitor, and it does just fine for me, and I surf the web and play all kinds of games. Very competitive price, (dropped $40 since I bought mine, just before Christmas). It may not have specs as great as some others, but it's fast for gaming, sharp, and colors look good, at least to me, also, no dead pixels. I highly recommend it.


    $20 cheaper in silver.
  6. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Personaly I think LCD monitors show more detailed pictures, I heard CRT monitors tear more easily if your FPS goes over your Refresh Rate

    If you dont know what Tearing is then look at this picture.
    When your FPS ( frames per second ) goes over your Refresh rate of your monitor ( happens more in CRT monitors ) it starts to mess up the image. It does not cause permanent damage to your monitor but it does get annoying,

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  7. Fred G

    Fred G TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86

    Thanks for the suggestions! I dont know what Tearing means so i cant appreaciatr the pic. However, I do have one question, i've heard that CRT use a lot more power like close to 100W, i hope that power com,es from the outlet, not power supply, right? I know its a dumb question but i have to make sure
  8. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    No a monitor couldnt use 100w, that's alot if you really think about it... Most PSUs that comes with computers are usualy around the 300-400 range

    But a CRT does have bad image quality, so just stick with a LCD but if you would rather spend less money then CRT is good enough ;)
  9. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    I have a 21" Dell. Got it on Ebay for $150 and wouldnt trade it for any other monitor. The picture is stunning, especially playing Quake 4 at 1600x1200.
  10. Fred G

    Fred G TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86


    Well, i'm getting a 700w ocz PSU, with my system, and i think i already found a monitor a would like to get. Its a 24" LCD Acer widescreen, one of the very few mionitors that supports 1920 x 1200 resolution:


    I've read some reviews for very similar monitors and i like whjat i hear. I need a monitor that will last me several years and take advantage of high-end cards, its a bit more than i want to pay, but i dont mind spending for something futureproof. what do you guys think?
  11. vuonggg

    vuonggg TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I think LCD would be the best. Something with 8ms or lower would be great, I would recommend wide screen also! 22" on newegg should be around 300 bucks, I have a 19" and its 200 bucks, its rated as 5ms and the picture quality is great! no ghosting just a little light bleed in the edges when the screen is all black. LCD's save a lot of desk space too, so I am sure you would like it.
  12. Fred G

    Fred G TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86

    Well, the one i'm thinking of getting fits your parameters, but i do like the that resolution on it. i would like to do more searching to see if i can find something similar. But i just wanted to know if this is a quality monitor, lets put price aside for moment, and also how good is Acer brand anyway?
  13. vuonggg

    vuonggg TS Rookie Posts: 18

    oh yeah Acer is a pretty good brand it fits in with BenQ and Viewsonic, but I would choose BenQ over Acer any day =] , but thats just me. For the price an extra 2" isn't worth the 200 bucks. Look around newegg and read the reviews it should help you a lot.
  14. flowerpower

    flowerpower TS Rookie Posts: 102

    Oh, i intend to do more research, i never heard anyone saying anything good about BenQ, but then again, i'm no monitor expert and i rely on folks who know to provide advice. that particular piece was recomended by someone who knows monitors and its not as expensive as the rest of the high-end pack and it does meet my futureproof requirement. so i'll just keep looking and not going to make any hasty decisions.
  15. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,345   +13

    Actually, a lot of 24" LCD monitors, and some sizes of CRT's for that matter, do use in the area of 100 watts power, according to there specs. But, they have there own power supply built in, so you don't have to worry about your computer power supply being large enough for the monitor. Below I've got a couple of links to 24" LCD's and a CRT that use around 100 watts +/-. And if you decide on a different brand of 24" monitor, I think they will all support 1920 x 1200 resolution. I would have the Acer 24" if I had the extra money when I got my Acer 22". At any rate, I happy with Acer.

    http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/e...01_HP LP2465 Flat Panel Monitor&lang=en&cc=uk

  16. Fred G

    Fred G TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86

    That HP looks very nice, cheapest i've seen it was $650, my only problem wioth it it that its silver. My system will be all black so i need either black or black/silver. The Samsung looks awesome, unfortunately i'm not prepared to spend $800, spending over $600 already puts me over the amount i want to spend. As for that CRT monitor, i probably wont be getting CRT, from i keep hearing the difference between them is not that great, but LCD is lighter and looks better too.

    Also another question: how do HP and Acer compare in terms of quality? The only problem is see with HP is that iit s not Vista certified, i was told to get a monitor that is, because i do plan to switch to Vista when all the glitches are fixed.
  17. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    CRT monitors can use more than 100W easily, especially bigger than 20" ones.

    But that shouldn't have anything to do with the computer PSU, the days when they had a bypass power plug for the monitor are long gone along with AT cases. Even then, the current the bypass wires could handle was way more than any monitor would use.
  18. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    well CRT monitors are huge, of course they'll use alot of power ;)

    But for LCD I dont think they'll use that much
  19. Fred G

    Fred G TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86

  20. vuonggg

    vuonggg TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I like the Dell one, because the look is more cleaner.
  21. Fred G

    Fred G TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86

    Yes, it does. I just have to find it out if its Vista supported, i would think that it is, since Dell are peddling Vista with their PCs, thats right,they dont even let you pick XP anymore, which kinda sucks.
  22. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Tearing occurs equally on LCD and CRT monitors. LCD monitors with lower response times usually are better at keeping tearing to a minimum, since the refresh time between consecutive frames is much reduced. For a good gaming monitor, Dell's UltraSharp series is the best by far.
  23. Fred G

    Fred G TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86

    ok, Rage, thnx! Another vote for dell then.
  24. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    The aforementioned Dell 24" specifications say "100 to 240 VAC / 50 or 60 Hz ± 3 Hz / 2.0A (Max)".

    100V * 2.0A = 200W.
  25. Fred G

    Fred G TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86

    Is that good or bad?

    Edit: Ok, i have to ask 1 question. I spoke to a friend today who knows monitors and he told me that not all games support widescreen with good clear pictures and that the image will look stretched out or squashed. Does anyone know anything about this? Cause now i'm concerned
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