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Best Monitor Under $300? | Best Graphics Card under $350

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Hey!

I'm in the position to upgrade my current monitor to any monitor under $300...

Whats the best monitor I can get under $300? The bigger the better, but obviously quality takes priority over quantity :p

Also, I'm going to be RMA'ing my GTX 280, having some problems with it...

What is the best card(s) I can get under $350 shipped to Central New Jersey? I don't care if its from ATI or nVidia, as I'm a fanboy of neither. I just want the best performance at my door for under $350. If I will get better performance doing an SLI/Crossfire of multiple cards, I'm alright with that too.

Thanks :)
 

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Don't want the Acer since its half an inch smaller than my current, and I don't need the built in speakers ;)

Eyeballing that Samsung tho :toast:

Not too sure about the 285, as it comes out to be slightly more than I'd like...

Along with suggestions for a monitor/graphics card, what would you guys say is a good PSU to power:

Decent x58 Mobo
i7 920 (with room for some good overclock)
6GB DDR3 1600 RAM
High End Graphics Card (285/4850x2, etc.)
A single 300GB Velociraptor

Very preferably modular, and very preferably under $200 (if you find a price from buy.com, subtract 5% and $5)...

Thanks :)
 
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Don't want the Acer since its half an inch smaller than my current, and I don't need the built in speakers ;)

Eyeballing that Samsung tho :toast:

Not too sure about the 285, as it comes out to be slightly more than I'd like...

Along with suggestions for a monitor/graphics card, what would you guys say is a good PSU to power:

Decent x58 Mobo
i7 920 (with room for some good overclock)
6GB DDR3 1600 RAM
High End Graphics Card (285/4850x2, etc.)
A single 300GB Velociraptor

Very preferably modular, and very preferably under $200 (if you find a price from buy.com, subtract 5% and $5)...

Thanks :)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817163109 :D
 

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Buy you another 280 and sli them when you get the other 1 back..Systemviper has some for sale around $300
 

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Buy you another 280 and sli them when you get the other 1 back..Systemviper has some for sale around $300
I'm not buying a second card, I'm RMA'ng thing one to Amazon for a refund, and getting something else...

And its a nice looking monitor, but I'd prefer something larger...

The drivers for the 4850x2, how bad are they? How does the 4850x2 perform compared to the GTX 285? Are there any alternatives?
 

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HD 4850X2 is the strongest card next to the GTX 295 but the thing keeping it back is drivers. It's not an official SKU by AMD so Sapphire is the only ones that make drivers for it. AMD added support for it to their 9.1 drivers tho. They might add it to later versions as well :toast:
 
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Damn, $350 for a GTX 285 is a good price... In SA I paid R4,650 ($490) for my GTX 260!! :banghead: You guys have all the good prices. :cry:
 

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not realy

Damn, $350 for a GTX 285 is a good price... In SA I paid R4,650 ($490) for my GTX 260!! :banghead: You guys have all the good prices. :cry:

not realy, in my country a GTX 280 can cost $600, even a 9800GT can cost you a whooping $250 , that's why i alway's buy ati card couse it's a way more cheaper than Nvdia,
 

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NO NO NO NO f*ck NO

Glossy screens SUCK
Ehmm.... The screen isn't glossy from what I can see... It's the cabinet/border/trim thats super glossy.... Anyway, I wouldn't consider that a plus, I prefer not to stare at my own fingerprints :p

If anyone knows of a better 24" LCD than this in that price range I would like to see it
http://www.11cb.com/3810053.html

2 weeks ago it was $299.99. I paid $450 for mine and it kicks ass.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005099

What makes it better than all other 24" monitors? Seems to have a higher response time than other competing monitors, but it is bright :cool: Don't particularly want to buy from a store I've never heard of at the same time...
 
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Ehmm.... The screen isn't glossy from what I can see... It's the cabinet/border/trim thats super glossy.... Anyway, I wouldn't consider that a plus, I prefer not to stare at my own fingerprints :p




What makes it better than all other 24" monitors? Seems to have a higher response time than other competing monitors, but it is bright :cool: Don't particularly want to buy from a store I've never heard of at the same time...
Contrast ratio. Something I'd say is THE most important specification on a monitor.
 
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LG Flatron W2242TQ ..its what i have and it really kick ass....you can plug 2 compute in this screen and just push a SOURCE button...so you can either choose the computer or another source. 2ms response really fast..ok it dont have the internal speakers but its pretty well done for 225$ jsut go visit LG website