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    Help me get the right new monitor :)

    I am in the proces of buying a new monitor for my PC, mainly for playing PC2.

    My pc specs:

    -MB Gigabyte B360M AORUS GAMING 3
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    -DDR4 8GB PC 2400 CL17 Kingston (2x)
    -Gigabyte GTX1070TI


    Currently I run the game at high and ultra settings at 1080P 60h on a 21inch 16:9 monitor.

    My budget is around 450 euro / 500 dollar so the real high end monitors are unfortunately out.

    -I would probably like to go for a ultrawide (21:9) monitor. I run a fairly low FOV (around 50) so with a 21:9 I can probably see my mirrors way better.
    -I dont think I want a 4K monitor, because then I have to lower my graphic settings to much to get good fps. 1440P might be a good inbetween solution.
    -I would like a size between 24" (only if it is a 16:9) and 32". Bigger wont fit on my desk
    -A refreshrate between 75hz and 144hz would be ideal, leaning more toward 75 or 100 because that is a reachable fps for my GPU.
    -I dont need freesync, because Nvidia GPU and G-sync is only available in more expensive monitors. (Does a freesync monitor work as a monitor without freesync on a Nvidia GPU or will it cause a conflict?)
    -Leaning towards IPS because better colors then TN and I dont think the 5ms responstime of IPS will be a problem for race games (please correct me if I am wrong!)
    -I haver no experience with curved monitors, so I dont know if I should want that or not.
    -Do I want (can affort) HDR?

    Any advise or comments very welcome, also if you dont agree with my preferences!


    I am also contemplating getting TrackIR. Any advice about that is also very helpful!

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    - 4K is too much power demanding from GPU and doesn't work at high frecuencies. You have to play at low FPS and low frecuency (compared with 2.5K)
    - Cheap ultrawides of 32"-35" are 2560x1080 and low pixel density. Not recomended because pixels are too big and very visible.
    - For wide monitors above 27" go for 2560x1440. In ultrawide 3440x1440 above 29"
    - All cheap monitors are usually freesync. For G-Sync you need to pay 100-150€ more.
    - With an nvidia card you can't use Freesync, it works like an standart 144hz monitor.
    - IPS=beter color quality and TN/VA better refresh. But if decent monitor, both valid for gaming.
    - Curved needs a little adaptation period, but not a problem specially in big ultrawides, that results more inmersive.
    - Good HDR are expensive, specially because true HDR require 10bit panels and G-Sync 2.0 (with G-Sync monitors)

    Have a look here: https://www.productchart.com/monitors/

    With that budget these are some decent options (but not premium): Acer X XZ321QU, BenQ EX3203R MSI MAG27CQ MSI AG32CQ
    One friend bought the last one in Black Friday for 400€ and is very happy with it, but without the discount I probably I would choose the Acer.

    PS: I bought a Z35P recently only for gaming, but not already installed. I prefer IPS, but the options was Alienware and the Acer X34p was 300€ more expensive with G-Sync.
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    You want a new monitor for PC2? You also want TrackIR? Simple: Oculus Rift
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seven Smiles View Post
    You want a new monitor for PC2? You also want TrackIR? Simple: Oculus Rift
    Touché sir!

    But I have a few reasons not to follow that advise. First and foremost, I get motionsick, specially when the image is not really,really fluid. Secondly, I also play other games, like (dare I say it out loud here??) Forza 7, who dont support VR.
    Thirdly, I need a new monitor anyways as my old one is bleeding backlight as hell. And last but not least, I hear a lot of story's, true or false, that Oculus and Vive are hard to get working properly, specially after the last Oculus update.
    Please correct me if I am wrong, as I am not expierenced whatsoever with VR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seven Smiles View Post
    You want a new monitor for PC2? You also want TrackIR? Simple: Oculus Rift
    Forget about forza. Follow this advice and you will not miss forza anytime
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    I know it's all a question of degree but I get motion sickness too, many games I can't play in VR for more than a few minutes even after having it for a year. Racing games were also a problem at first but after a week that went away. Fluidity is not a problem with my PC which is powerful but not ultrapowerful.

    I have had almost no problems getting my Rift to work with any games I've tried. There's a fair amount of faffing around to optimise performance/quality but probably little more than tweaking games for a monitor.
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    27 Inch Samsung Monitor works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seven Smiles View Post
    I know it's all a question of degree but I get motion sickness too, many games I can't play in VR for more than a few minutes even after having it for a year. Racing games were also a problem at first but after a week that went away. Fluidity is not a problem with my PC which is powerful but not ultrapowerful.

    I have had almost no problems getting my Rift to work with any games I've tried. There's a fair amount of faffing around to optimise performance/quality but probably little more than tweaking games for a monitor.
    This is probably the best advice.. i also get motion sickness but now i can spend 2-3 hours inside the headset if i wanted to.. i turned off all the other 'movements' so it only moved when my actual head does - that helped a great deal
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    FWIW I got queasy when I first started using VR (Oculus), but it went away with time.

    I am a bit of a gaming-motion-sickness lightweight, (I have issues with FPS games on normal monitors after not playing them for a while) If I can get past the initial shock of VR, I think almost anyone can.
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    I use a 29" LG ultrawide, and quite happy with it, love the format, and Im using it both for desktop work and racing. I thought I had more sidemirror space in screen but maybe I just adjusted my FOV, for better feeling, still using 84 in helmet cam which is wayf accourding to the wise.
    The LG 29" is sorta cheap, and the blacks arent the best, its too lid up fro mthe back light, especially when playing first person shooters.

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