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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    Truth. I wish we were so lucky around here. One lousy Best Buy in the whole area, an HH Gregg and a couple office supply stores. I'm fortunate to know a couple enthusiasts and professionals personally so I can get my grubby hands on their monitors before buying my own :p All in, I've had...
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    It's cool, man. I get excited too. Just noticed a pattern. >5 posts, and the same info in both places. I'm glad you like your monitor. Personally, I prefer the color, angles, pixel response and PPI of my Crossover over the deeper contrast of a VA panel. There's no perfect monitor, and...
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    Mojo, are you in the habit of posting Benq recommendations in every IPS thread you come across, or only mine and here? In any case, yes, I considered AMVA. After further research, I discovered there are no 100+ PPI AMVA panels, and black/grey to white response tends to be terrible (see here...
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    I went with a Crossover 27Q Korean IPS. It was $390 shipped from AccessoriesWhole, arrived in two days and has absolutely no issues (other than a couple screws that were just a hair too tight causing minor BLB in the lower corners). AWESOME picture quality, no input lag and no noticeable...
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    Auria EQ276W review ($399 27" 2560x1440 IPS)

    Are you running Intel or nVidia graphics over HDMI? If so, the low black/ contrast issue is well known with a workaround. Try DVI-D cable first to see if that solves your issue.
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    How far away for 4K PC monitors, and affordable ?

    High ppi is great, but what we have is acceptible. That is my argument. If you look at the Apple math closely, you'll notice their high dpi screens hit a plateau around 220 dpi. That strikes me as reasonable. I'll be ecstatic to see a 200 dpi 27" - 30" monitor around where I can afford...
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    How far away for 4K PC monitors, and affordable ?

    You didn't. Your calculation was linear.
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    How far away for 4K PC monitors, and affordable ?

    Of course. I'm excited for advances in display technology, but they do seem to be coming along rather slowly. ;) edit: and text also looks better in print because it's not shooting light directly into my retinas. :p
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    How far away for 4K PC monitors, and affordable ?

    The average distance from monitor on a desktop system is near 31". The average distance for a laptop is right around 25". For me at around 25 inches at 136 PPI (Dell XPS16 RGBLED), pixels are indistinguishable in everything but corner cases (Windows' unhinted fonts, Gnome 2's hideous rounded...
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    Monoprice to sell re-branded FSM-270YG 2560x1440 IPS for $390

    That sounds great. I'll probably go for the Crossover for the stand, but I'm interested to see how it stacks up to the 2713.
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    Crossover 2730MD-P LED Overclockable?

    Interesting. Wonder why the manufacturer would list something so obviously false in their marketing material...
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    How far away for 4K PC monitors, and affordable ?

    If 220 PPI at 20 inches viewing distance (Macbook Pro 15") is considered "retina", 108.79 at ~31 inches has got to be getting close. I can tell you my Dell is functionally equivalent to "retina" at 136.7 PPI at ~25 inches.
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    Crossover 2730MD-P LED Overclockable?

    ? Here's one for $430 shipped (no pivot).
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    Crossover 2730MD-P LED Overclockable?

    I went on my daily eBay sweep of Korean IPS monitors today, and found this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CROSSOVER-NEW-2730MD-P-LED-Pivot-27-2560x1440-HDMI1-4-IPS-Overclockable-Monitor-/121010147777?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item1c2cc451c1 An overclockable 10-bit IPS panel for $469 shipped? :eek:
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    Monoprice to sell re-branded FSM-270YG 2560x1440 IPS for $390

    Same Panel as Apple Cinema 27". The Dell is a different panel altogether, though the same manufacturer (LG) and class. Also, the Korean IPS screens have no AG coating, while Dell's is somewhat... problematic.
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    Monoprice to sell re-branded FSM-270YG 2560x1440 IPS for $390

    What the &$^#%? I contacted their customer service and was told they wouldn't have any more until March, then y'all are able to purchase? Not a place interested in my business, apparently.
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    Monoprice to sell re-branded FSM-270YG 2560x1440 IPS for $390

    Me too. Contacted customer service, and they said they're out. Oh well, I'll just have to give my money to someone else :)
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    Monoprice to sell re-branded FSM-270YG 2560x1440 IPS for $390

    Well nuts. I thought this was backordered until the 10th. I was going to pick one up then. :(
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    ~950:1, 95% sRGB with possible backlight issues and refurb vs 3000:1, 84-90% sRGB with possible ghosting issues and lower resolution. Why can't there be a "perfect" monitor? I swear, GPU, SSD, CPU, etc. are all so much easier than this :p so, 850d 16:10 for ~$300 refurb or 650s 16:9 ~$300...
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    WOW! Hadn't seen that before. Looks perfect if it's without the type of inverse ghosting like the S2440L...
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    How bad is the contrast trade-off? My impression is the contrast levels from greatest to least are: Dell S2440L (AMVA) 5000:1 Samsung S24A850DW (PLS, semi-glossy) ~1000:1 Korean IPS (glossy) ~1000:1 Dell U2412m/ Asus PA248Q (IPS, but heavy AG) ~1000:1 with AG issues From my list above, it...
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    The biggest issue I have with that one is the pixel pitch. I've gotten pretty used to working with a 1980 x 1080 RGBLED 16" screen at work, and I'd rather keep the pitch as close to that as possible at home. I have passing interest in its younger sibling (S2340L) as a super-budget option...
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    EQD Clarity monitors

    The 27" should be .2075mm The 24" .1845mm :eek: Incidentally, that 24" at the quoted resolution would have the exact pitch as my XPS16, my current favorite monitor. That's exactly the kind of pixel density I've been waiting to see on my desktop.
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    According to Samsung technical support there are no known issues with the S24A850DW, and refurbished models are produced at exactly the same level of quality as new products with reduced warranty duration. Now, having seen with my own eyes PLS backlight problems, I am still left with questions...
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    EQD Clarity monitors

    LOL. You're right.
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    Yeah, the 100% Adobe RGB coverage on my laptop is a pretty nice feature :) I contacted the eBay seller of the refurbished panels regarding blb. The Sammy really does seem to be a best of all worlds proposition if it pans out. Shame they have such a track record of not panning out...
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    I was afraid of that with the Asus... My experiences with UltraSharps has been limited, but those were my impressions too. I'd already own the 24" PLS Samsung If it wasn't for their atrocious backlight bleed reputation.
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    Need a good 24" monitor

    Samsung S24A850DW refurbs are less than $300...
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    EQD Clarity monitors

    Same here. That 27" at 2880 x 1620 could be a game changer. Look at that pixel pitch! :-o
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    24-27" Monitor recommendation, please.

    This does seem a bit of a sticky wicket these days, but I'm ready to finally relegate 'ol reliable (SyncMaster 2253LW- 21.6" TN) to office duty. As with anything, there is no perfect answer; hopefully all the gurus here can help find the best one for me. PC: i5 2500k Radeon 7970 8 Gb DDR3 1866...
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    Best way to drain a WC setup?

    I use 100% for initial cleaning. Adding 10% later may also work, depending on how dirty your setup is.
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    Best way to drain a WC setup?

    Capt. obvious here. Drain it outside your case. 100% vinegar for 45min. should do the trick...
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    Recommend me.

    What's your budget? How's your case airflow? Are you going quiet, performance, or a mix of the two? What's your experience level? As far as the last is concerned, it will depend on the components. MOst companies offer "update" mounting plates for a generation, if it's not too far out...
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    best watercooling additive?

    None. Honestly, distilled H2o has the best thermallay conductive properties of any liquid comonly used in PC applications. The additive most used by really serious coolers is Zerex racing super coolant in very, very small quantities.
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    Oblivion running @ 1920x1200, thoughts?

    I tried it on 1600x1200, but 1280x1024 4x TAA, AAA, 4x HQAF looks so much better, especially with Qarl's texture replacer.
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    question about graphic cards

    Here's some handy info for you: x1800xt- $245 16 pixel pipes 16 pixel shader units (set) FPHDR+FSAA 7900gt- $265 USD 24 pixel pipes 24 shader units (set) no FPHDR+FSAA x1900xt- $445 16 pixel pipes 48 pixel shader units (flexible) FPHDR+FSAA Reviews between the 7900gtX and...
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    43Watts max...need a powerful card

    6800GS consumes more than a 7600GT, x800GTO2, not sure, but the core it's based on runds HOT, and no SM3 either.
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    43Watts max...need a powerful card

    Nothing concrete, but the 7600gt draws about 60w. I'd imagine a 7600gs would be enough of a difference to get you close.
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    43Watts max...need a powerful card

    ask over at SPCR. I'll see if I can find a link...
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    8900GTXXX Super Ultra Hyperclocked Special Limited Edition?

    I came up with something to improve it. Much faster looking, I think...
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