Computer Part Buyers: Give me some opinions.

Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by Metal Man88, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Metal Man88

    Metal Man88

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    All right, well here's the scoop. I have an eternally old desktop, and I have some upgrades in mind. However since I only upgrade about once every 3-5 years, I am rarely 'in tune' with good products and often miss out on things that more regular replacement people know all about.

    So first up, a monitor.

    I know you guys, or at least some of you, love the CRTs, but those are too bulky. I have a huge 19 incher and that thing's just too much to haul in and out of the dorm.

    What I want is a 22 inch LCD with at least one HDMI slot and a minimum resolution of 'true' 1080i or 720whatever as opposed to fake 1366/768, as I've found 1366 to be undersupported and result in a lot of bad scaling. The price should be between $100 and $200. And it shouldn't be some 'crud' monitor, I'm asking you guys as you've probably bought more LCD monitors than I have.

    Next up, something to do with sound. I have preserved my hearing by listening to music only on low volume and using shotgun ear protectors against loud noises. However, running a cheap $30 2.1 Altec Lansing sound system off a built-in motherboard thing is... pretty wimpy, even my old Audigy 2 ZS on my laptop is better sound-quality wise. However I am not an audiophile so I do not know whether an amplifier, bookshelf speakers, a 5.1 system, or whatever else is best. I'm not willing to spend more than $100 on the whole though so I want to see potentially a cost effective solution, since unlike my monitor I have junk right now anyway.
     
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  3. Metal Man88

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    Hm, indeed it does. I'll keep that in mind for my next monitor purchase.

    Much better than this ancient 19 inch early-generation Samsung HDTV. I was under the false impression I was going to need a battery of inputs—then I hooked my Genesis up to the RCA inputs and discovered they were worthless. Hideously scaled stuff that looked bad. Kept myself an old monitor/TV around for that instead.

    Then of course HDMI became universal and well I looked pretty silly with my thousands of obsolete things (Component cables, S-Video, what have you) on a monitor which couldn't even display sprite-based pre-N64 generation consoles without looking like garbage and which only had one HDMI port.

    Now to just wait until a convenient time before I get a new monitor...
     
  4. No HDMI, not in your price range, not the size you wanted but still awesome: U2312HM
     
  5. Metal Man88

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    Might be an interesting choice for a computer monitor, since I can use DVI.

    But yeah, if I got a job something like that would be great.