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    Looking to build a new gaming computer and I'm willing to spend around $1k. I do need a monitor. Anything I should know or avoid? The last time I built a computer was 5+ years ago so I have not kept up with anything at all. Any advice is appreciated.
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    Cry Havoc and DJR210 are your go-to guys for this, tbh
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    Cry Havoc and DJR210 are your go-to guys for this, tbh
    this. some nice monitors out cheap right now too, such as this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236335
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    Just buy a Playstation. PCs are for s.

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    Just buy a Playstation. PCs are for s.

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    if ur interested ina 27inch IPS panel, buy online from the korean ebay seller...YAMAKASI Q271 LED 2560X1440WQHD 27" S-IPS
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....m=120988281670

    YAMAKASI DS270 IPS SE LED 27" 2560X1440 AH-IPS DVI-D

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/111130035...84.m1423.l2649

    around 300-350

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    if ur interested ina 27inch IPS panel, buy online from the korean ebay seller...YAMAKASI Q271 LED 2560X1440WQHD 27" S-IPS
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....m=120988281670

    YAMAKASI DS270 IPS SE LED 27" 2560X1440 AH-IPS DVI-D

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/111130035...84.m1423.l2649

    around 300-350
    i second these monitors, buy direct from dem yellows and save

    Then get a 7970 ghz. Edition, i5 Cpu, motherboard, ram, and SSD

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    Thanks for the info everyone.

    PC >>>> console tbh. Was thinking about buying a PS4 for GTA V and The Division but since they're both going to PC I don't see the point.

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    if ur interested ina 27inch IPS panel, buy online from the korean ebay seller...YAMAKASI Q271 LED 2560X1440WQHD 27" S-IPS
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....m=120988281670

    YAMAKASI DS270 IPS SE LED 27" 2560X1440 AH-IPS DVI-D

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/111130035...84.m1423.l2649

    around 300-350
    Yes, go with a monitor like this or better. Unless new prices are similar today, I would ask what's wrong with that one... for only $407 US dollars. That probably is a proper price as I haven't shopped for a high end monitor in a couple years.

    That is a QHD monotor (2560 x 1440.) HD is your 1280 x 720, this is the same resolution as a HD TV double the pixels horizontal and vertical. This is probably the least expensive format to attach to a good gaming system. I have a 24" WUXGA which is 1920 x 1200. I plan to buy a WQXGA, which is 2560 x 1600, but these traditional 16:10 monitors are generally about twice as expensive as their television counterpart formats that are 16:9. As you see, the WUXGA has the same pixel width as the QHD, and is 160 pixels taller.

    Physical size.

    If you go with a 27", 16:9 (wide TV format) vs. 19:10 (wide computer format) will have a different screen size. The QHD screen will be 21.6 x 15.9 inches. The WUXGA will be 21.1 x 16.7. Not a bug difference, but keep in mind, not all monitor sizes are equal. it changes with their aspect ratio. Go to the 30", and and of your wide TV formats will be 24" x 17.7" and the wide TV formats 23.5" x 18.6". We lose an inch of width, but gain almost an inch of height at this point.

    A gaming system is only as good as it's weakest link. This is usually the human controlling the game. The monitor must be fast and have detailed resolution for advanced game players, else we are operating at a disadvantage. The last time I looked into a WQXGA monitor, they were about $1,400. That was when I paid $380 and $360 for the two WUXGA monitors I have. I need to look again. They are a few years old now. Maybe the prices have come to a point where I will buy one.
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    i recommend buying the video card last, since amd and nvidia are releasing new cards around the corner....unless u can find real cheap bargains with current generation high end cards.....

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    Just buy a Playstation. PCs are for s.
    I'll still bend your wife over.

    Here's my recommendation for a 1K build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1OLGu

    Total cost: 944.17

    This is the cost of the PC itself. You would need to supply an OS, and the input devices on top. I can also build one that includes the OS and the input devices, but you won't get as good of a graphics card, or as current of a processor/motherboard.

    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro 3 99.00 - Not many bells and whistles but a motherboard to support the newest 1150 processor sockets.

    Processor: Intel Core i5 4670k 239.00 - Games are not really taking advantage of more than four cores so the i5's are still a good choice here. The 4670k gives you great performance and the ability to overclock easily by simply adjusting the multiplier in the BIOS.

    CPU Cooler: (Optional) Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo 29.00 - If you aren't planning to overclock you can skip this part. Stock cooling would be just fine. I overclocked to 4.5 Ghz and this cooler works just fine in keeping my temps down.

    Graphics Card - Asus 670 2GB 276.00 - Not EVGA (ASUS is still legit) which is the best Nvidia GPU manufacturer IMO, but 276.00 is a damn good price for a 670. Depending on the framerate you prefer, you will run all of your games on Ultra settings. The most intensive games may require you to lower anti aliasing a notch to stay locked at 60 FPS. Plus you get Arkham Origins free to test out the card.

    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 1866 8GB Memory 79.00 - 8 GB's will be more than enough. Most current games are still fine with 4GB.

    Storage - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 79.00 - I'd recommend 2TB at least as your games and HD movies will eat space quicker than you think, but for the sake of your budget we'll make it work.

    Case - I have one selected for you in the link above, but there are too many options for me to recommend you one here. The one I picked is 45.00, but depending on what you want this could go up to 200 bucks.

    Optical Drive LG Model 15.00 - Barebones LG DVD/CD drive. Get's the job done.

    Power Supply - Corsair ATX12V 550W Gold Rated PSU - Corsair and Seasonic are the most trustworthy brands IMO. The gold rating means you will go easy on the electricity use through efficiency. You get a damn good PSU, but you pay less because you do not get modular (detachable) cables, and will have more clutter (less airflow) in the case.

    if ur interested ina 27inch IPS panel, buy online from the korean ebay seller...
    The Korean 1440's are a great option, and a ton of people have had success in importing them. Just hope you don't get one with dead pixels because the return process will be a pain in the ass. Also, if the OP wants to game at 60 FPS or better, he's gonna need a second graphics card to game on ultra at that resolution.

    this. some nice monitors out cheap right now too, such as this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236335
    That is a nice monitor. I bought this one and love it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824260109

    It's nearly bezel-less which would be great for multi-monitor setups.
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    Here's another build, this is more of a budget one and includes the OS, monitor, and even an SSD for your OS and a couple games/apps. I went AMD with this one.

    Total cost = 945.39 - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1OOvh

    Motherboard - AMD 970 Pro3 - 72.55

    Processor - AMD 8150 8-Core Processor - 139.00

    Graphics Card - MSI 7870 GHz Edition - 169.00

    Memory - G. Skill Ripjaws X 8 GB - 65.94

    SSD - Samsung 840 EVO - 99.99

    HDD - WD Caviar Black 1TB - 79.99


    Case - Basic Thermaltake Case - 21.99

    PSU - Corsair CX 430 Bronze - 24.99

    Optical Drive - Basic Samsung Drive - 14.99

    OS - Windows 8 64-Bit OEM - 94.98

    Monitor - Dell S2340M - 159.99

    You could always get rid of the SSD, and pirate the OS (easy) to get another 200.00 towards the processor and GPU. By doing so you can upgrade the GPU to a 7970, the processor to an 8350, and increase the PSU to a 600W model for 969.00. Here's the link for that one:


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1OP47

    Good luck with your build!
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    Dell has a good sale on monitors right now too, think i saw a 27" ips led for $300

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    You could always get rid of the SSD, and pirate the OS (easy) to get another 200.00 towards the processor and GPU.
    Wow, is Windows still as easy to pirate as back in the FCKGW days?

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    Wow, is Windows still as easy to pirate as back in the FCKGW days?
    Not sure how easy 8 is, but 7 was simple as hell. Install, skip the registration, then run the included app and select the brand you wish your PC to be labeled as to Windows.

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    Thanks for all of that info DJR/Cobra. I will take a look at that now. When are NVIDIA and AMD supposed to be updating their video cards?

    And yeah, I have windows 7 already so no worries on that front.

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    Nvidia just dropped the 700 series of cards a few months ago. AMD just launched their R7 and R9 cards this week or last week iirc.

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    Also, a friend of mine recommended this:

    http://www.asus.com/Monitors_Projectors/VG248QE/

    Is this a good monitor? I would really rather not take the risk of receiving a defective imported monitor.

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    Also, a friend of mine recommended this:

    http://www.asus.com/Monitors_Projectors/VG248QE/

    Is this a good monitor? I would really rather not take the risk of receiving a defective imported monitor.
    Hell yeah, thats a ing sick monitor. 1ms response perfect for games, 350 brightness for super bright whites, 80mil:1 contrast ratio so should have good black levels. It is 144 hz which takes serious horsepower to push if you want to run on Ultra settings. If you are set on a 120 or 144 hz monitor I recommend a second graphics card for SLI or Crossfire or it isnt worth it IMO.

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    Hell yeah, thats a ing sick monitor. 1ms response perfect for games, 350 brightness for super bright whites, 80mil:1 contrast ratio so should have good black levels. It is 144 hz which takes serious horsepower to push if you want to run on Ultra settings. If you are set on a 120 or 144 hz monitor I recommend a second graphics card for SLI or Crossfire or it isnt worth it IMO.
    I'm pretty sure I'm going to spend closer to $1200 when this is said and done tbh. I just realized this monitor is ~$250. At that price, and buying 2 of the video cards you recommended, I'm over $1200. I think I'm going to order all of this stuff in 2-3 weeks so I might run it all by you to make sure it will work well together if you don't mind.

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    http://pcpartpicker.com/

    Is literally the best website ever for DIY rigs.

    I'd highly recommend checking out a 7950 though, they're cheaper and faster than a 670. I'll throw together a quick build tomorrow if you're still looking.

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    http://pcpartpicker.com/

    Is literally the best website ever for DIY rigs.

    I'd highly recommend checking out a 7950 though, they're cheaper and faster than a 670. I'll throw together a quick build tomorrow if you're still looking.
    Friend of mine recommended that site the other day. Very useful. Yeah, if you don't mind I would definitely be interested in another build.

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    I'm not tech savy and have never built a computer, but damn I want to try it

    Maybe I'll learn a few things along the way, then I will start developing .... dammit hopefully I will build an Iron Man suit running on Jarvis 2.0
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