Needing to find 34"-38" Monitor for Work (Coding)\Gaming\Movie Watching

Arkanian

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I have been using this monitor for the past 11 years:
https://www.newegg.com/hp-zr30w-30/p/N82E16824176177?Item=N82E16824176177

This monitor is amazing and I love it. Recently I have been thinking that it is time to upgrade. I am thinking that monitors today should perform better and be easier on the eyes, is this true? Budget wise I am looking at less than $1000. I am on the computer 8-10 hours a day for work.

Gaming wise I play BF2042, Far Cry 6, MS Flight Sim.

So far my research has landed me on this but I would be curious what others think:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DWD38V...olid=130MIRRG6MZ3Q&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

I was also looking at this, is paying $400 more worth it for GSYNC Ultimate?
https://www.amazon.com/LG-34GP950G-...s&sprefix=34gp950g,electronics,76&sr=1-2&th=1


I think I still will be able to play my games at the new resolution without any loss in quality but if I need to upgrade my video card I will. I am trying to wait until the next gen of video cards (which I realize might be the fall which hopefully by then video card pricing will come down a little)

My rig:
AMD 5900X
64GB RAM
2TB Samsung Nvme
Nvidia 2070 Super
 

sethk

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Ultrawides are (IMHO) not great for mixed movie watching. I'd pick a 4k 16:9 either 32" or 42". Gigabyte Aorus if you can swing it and have space or one of the Samsung 32" G series maybe. G-sync ultimate is nice (I have it on my 2nd monitor) but this one is G-sync compatible and I don't feel like it's much of a step down. You always want to check reviews of an individual Gsync Compatible (or just 'freesync') monitor about how well G-sync or VRR works for that particular model because the quality varies tremendously, whereas Ultimate is a known quantity - it always works well.
 

Arkanian

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Ultrawides are (IMHO) not great for mixed movie watching. I'd pick a 4k 16:9 either 32" or 42". Gigabyte Aorus if you can swing it and have space or one of the Samsung 32" G series maybe. G-sync ultimate is nice (I have it on my 2nd monitor) but this one is G-sync compatible and I don't feel like it's much of a step down. You always want to check reviews of an individual Gsync Compatible (or just 'freesync') monitor about how well G-sync or VRR works for that particular model because the quality varies tremendously, whereas Ultimate is a known quantity - it always works well.
Thank you, I will look into those. I might be better off keeping my existing monitor but I have had this thing for 12 years and the back of my head is thinking newer monitors would look better. It is crazy how good this monitor still is after 12 years.
 

Arkanian

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After thinking about this, I dont want to lose the vertical space that I have with my current monitor when programming. I am thinking I should shell out a little more and get a 38” IPS monitor. I will use my current monitor arm which supports up to 26.5 lbs. technically it says up to 35” but I think 38” will work with it as long as the mount is 100x100.
 

rhkcommander959

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After thinking about this, I dont want to lose the vertical space that I have with my current monitor when programming. I am thinking I should shell out a little more and get a 38” IPS monitor. I will use my current monitor arm which supports up to 26.5 lbs. technically it says up to 35” but I think 38” will work with it as long as the mount is 100x100.
Should be fine, weight is usually the limit not the size, unless the arm is too short!
 

Choopyplz

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After thinking about this, I dont want to lose the vertical space that I have with my current monitor when programming. I am thinking I should shell out a little more and get a 38” IPS monitor. I will use my current monitor arm which supports up to 26.5 lbs. technically it says up to 35” but I think 38” will work with it as long as the mount is 100x100.

You don't lose vertical space with an ultrawide when compared to a 16:9 monitor of the same vertical resolution, you just get +horizontal space. I feel like this is a misconception because we're so used to 16:9 that an ultrawide can feel squished, but it's really not. Technically a 34 ultrawide would be a bit shorter than your 30", more comparable to a 27" monitor. LG makes a 38" ultrawide that would be closer, but probably not a 1:1 comparison either. Get whatever works best for you, though. Something larger and 4k would be good for pretty much everything -- productivity, games, movies, etc.

edit: after looking, the LG 38" ultrawide would actually probably be comparable in height to your 30" monitor plus way more horizontal screen size, but it's also pricey.
 
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rhkcommander959

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For gaming, 144 is the sweet spot. If you're not into hardcore FPS you'd probably be fine with the 75hz, there might be other options with higher frame rate without the extra costs but I don't know.
 

Choopyplz

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The gpu power required to play games on that 38" is similar to running games at 4k, so you could always look at 4k benchmarks for games that you like to get an idea of the performance.
 
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