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I have just read most of the topics about best monitor / tv for my rig....

Honeslty, what an absolute clusterF of information....so many different opinions and nothing solid to go by.

4 hours of reading and im still as confused as when I started 😩

 

30htz

60htz

vsync

hdmi / display port

resolution, wide screen, 16:9, 

2k, 4K, QLED, IP(?) panel..

samsung, benQ, , Phillips, Dell...

 

A new rig will be with me this week, so need to get on it and get a decent monitor, so I think I’ll just go to the store and buy the best I can afford.

(posted out of frustration....)

 

 

 

 

 

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Luke, none of that can be answered until I know your graphics card and available space.

For 4K you need a 1080Ti or equivalent or better. Do you have the space for a 40” TV? If so then there are plenty of suitable TVs but make sure it supports chroma 4:4:4 as that gives the crispest text. Remember you need to use Windows so text sharpness is important.

As for 30Hz or 60Hz that is personal preference. I tried 30 but mouse lag was poor so I stick to 60.

DP over HDMI is not important. Monitors tend to go with DP whereas TVs have HDMI.

Don't buy in a hurry. Remember the old saying. Buy in haste, repent in leisure. A good display will last years. I’m delighted with my BenQ.

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Thanks Ray,

i seen a lot of your replies in the many threads, I read...and the uncalled for personal attacks...but hey 😁

unfortunaly i dnt have room for 40 inch, I think a 32 inch will be the right size for me...benQ to rich for me ray lol..

i have a 8 core i7 9700 paired with a 1080 ti 11GB, 32 gig ram.

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Hi Luke, okay, that rules out a tv. What is your budget? I assume you’re based in the U.K.

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budget= blown that well out the water on the PC lol.

not to sure to be honest, I’m about to go to a store and look at some in person, and round up the prices as to what I get in return. 

Never thought it would be a difficult decision but things has changed a lot in 2 years.

yes I’m in the Uk, EGGD.

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There are a couple that might suit.

BENQ EW3270U or SAMSUNG LU32H850UMUXEN.

Both are around £400-450.

Reviews: https://thetechnologyman.com/benq-ew3270u-monitor-review-is-this-the-best-value-32-4k-hdr-monitor/

https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/accessories/pc-monitors/1403738/samsung-u32e850r-review/page/0/1

https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/samsung-u32e850r

The Samsung has FreeSync which only works with AMD cards but that shouldn’t prevent you using an Nvidia card. The Samsung is an older model with the price now much lower than that in the review.

Food for thought. 😉👍

 

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If i can chip in here, Luke, may I add that Ray has been a great help in me making my choices too re:new monitor.Not got it yet but I have a far better idea that I did before that thread where you so rightly state, he came under uncalled for flak.

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If you're using a 32" screen you could get away with 1440p although you will sacrifice some sharpness it needs much less beefy hardware to drive it. Certainly at 27-28" 1440p is the sweet spot, 4K doesn't offer much noticeable improvement at that size. How close are you going to sit to the screen?

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Luke, good for the price but bear in mind it's a budget monitor so you get what you pay for. I didn't consider 28" as I thought you wanted 32". Bear in mind you have to use it for general Windows actions and even my 32" needs scaling of 150% to make things readable. I'm assuming you have Windows 10. If not, then don't go for 4K as W7 doesn't upscale well at all.

I don't go off Amazon reviews. You never know which are genuine and which aren't. It uses the oldest technology for the panel - TN. Have a read of the various types here. https://www.tnpanel.com/tn-vs-ips-va/

Consider the screen size. 28" is not huge. Personally I'd go with 32" if you have the space. My choice would be the BenQ EW3270U because I consider them quality monitors. £140 more if you can justify it.

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2 minutes ago, ckyliu said:

If you're using a 32" screen you could get away with 1440p although you will sacrifice some sharpness it needs much less beefy hardware to drive it. Certainly at 27-28" 1440p is the sweet spot, 4K doesn't offer much noticeable improvement at that size. How close are you going to sit to the screen?

With respect his 1080Ti would be wasted at 1440p. Mine at 4K only runs at 50% load. 1440 versus 2160 is a 50% increase in pixels. The difference would be very noticable.

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...and as I get older, so does my eyes 😳, lol. So I think I need the sharper picture, with higher res.

Ray,thanks for the info, yes I will be running w10.

That is a nice monitor...didn’t really want to spend that much, but...a 2k rig with a cheap and cheerful display defeats the object I suppose, and I’d only regret it in the long term no doubt and cost more buying twice....

think ing ...😄

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4 minutes ago, MaDDogz said:

...and as I get older, so does my eyes 😳, lol. So I think I need the sharper picture, with higher res.

Ray,thanks for the info, yes I will be running w10.

That is a nice monitor...didn’t really want to spend that much, but...a 2k rig with a cheap and cheerful display defeats the object I suppose, and I’d only regret it in the long term no doubt and cost more buying twice....

think ing ...😄

That BenQ cost less than you paid for the 1080Ti and it will still be fine when that card needs changing for a more powerful one. :wink:

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@Ray Proudfoot Oh yeah if OP has a 1080Ti it will manage 4K just fine. But if you're going to run 4K you really need a 32"+ monitor.

Whilst you might get a 50% increase pixel count, you're eye is physical incapable of seeing all those on a 27-28" screen at typical viewing distances of 0.7m, plus you have issues with the text getting very small. I know you can use DPI scaling and stuff but a lot of older software doesn't like that and the GUI and menus on some software get very small too. See https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/553082-p3d-v4-recommended-pc-specs/?page=4&tab=comments#comment-3996025

 

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6 minutes ago, ckyliu said:

@Ray Proudfoot Oh yeah if OP has a 1080Ti it will manage 4K just fine. But if you're going to run 4K you really need a 32"+ monitor.

Whilst you might get a 50% increase pixel count, you're eye is physical incapable of seeing all those on a 27-28" screen at typical viewing distances of 0.7m, plus you have issues with the text getting very small. I know you can use DPI scaling and stuff but a lot of older software doesn't like that and the GUI and menus on some software get very small too. See https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/553082-p3d-v4-recommended-pc-specs/?page=4&tab=comments#comment-3996025

 

I agree. I have some apps that don't scale very well at all in 4K but I just have to live with them. 28" will have a higher pixels per inch but you lose immersion with such a small display. I've seen 4K on a 50" TV and it's not as crisp as my 32" simply because the pixels are so spread out over a greater area. But its immersion is brilliant.

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So what would the optimal res monitor then?

i want it sharp, but if 4K causes issues with the sim and apps, what’s the best all round res?

 

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4K is the way to go if you have the budget. But I really don't think 4K is worth the cost on a 27-28" screen, spend a bit more and go for 32"+ so you get the full benefit.

If you're after immersion, have you given any thought to a 34"+ 21:9 superwide at 3440x1440? You can get menu/GUI scaling issues with some software though.

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1 minute ago, ckyliu said:

4K is the way to go if you have the budget. But I really don't think it's worth it on a 27-28" screen, spend a bit more and go for 32"+ do you get the full benefit.

I concur. 4K/UHD is the way forward and when you see the detail in aircraft instruments you'll be pleased you switched. No issues with P3D at 4K. Just a few apps don't scale up very well so the interface is quite small. But you can switch to 1920*1080 for those of course providing you're not running P3D at the same time.

Personally I would have gone for a 36" UHD monitor but they don't make them. 32" is the max for good reason. Think of it as an investment that will last 10 years.

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14 minutes ago, ckyliu said:

4K is the way to go if you have the budget. But I really don't think 4K is worth the cost on a 27-28" screen, spend a bit more and go for 32"+ so you get the full benefit.

If you're after immersion, have you given any thought to a 34"+ 21:9 superwide at 3440x1440? You can get menu/GUI scaling issues with some software though.

 

10 minutes ago, Ray Proudfoot said:

I concur. 4K/UHD is the way forward and when you see the detail in aircraft instruments you'll be pleased you switched. No issues with P3D at 4K. Just a few apps don't scale up very well so the interface is quite small. But you can switch to 1920*1080 for those of course providing you're not running P3D at the same time.

Personally I would have gone for a 36" UHD monitor but they don't make them. 32" is the max for good reason. Think of it as an investment that will last 10 years.

Thanks guys.

32” it is decided.

whats your opinion on other manufactures in this size range.?

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When I was picking monitors last year at 1440p, the BenQ EW3270ZL made my shortlist , the 4K version is EW3270U so you could look at some reviews for that?

£390 for the 4K 60 Hz VA version does 95% of PCI-P3 gamut and supports HDR10, 3000:1 contrast and has AMD Freesync. It's got an ambient light sensor too. It's a value monitor so you do make some sacrifices like HDR performance and the standard refresh rate, but you could spend four times as much on an Asus PA329Q

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