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Yo guys, so my new rig is awesome, but my whole setup in general is still lacking. Aside from crackling old ass speakers, a busted ass desk that’s too small for my frame and in general, and an unergonomic chair and lack of headphones, my monitor sticks out the most to me as the next ‘big’ upgrade.
It’ll have to be a bit down the line, as I’m working on fixing my car right now, but still, defo looking to purchase within 6 months or so.
Now, I’ve exhausted all research possible, as I usually do, so I want you guys’ take on it. The PC is an R5 2600, 16gb, 1070 combo with a 1tb SSD and 2tb external drive(for movies only). It’s a gaming, web browsing, multimedia PC with future use as an HTPC when I get a TV and couch and all that for my studio apartment.
I really probably won’t be doing any streaming, editing, artwork, or any of that stuff, but there is a mild possibility. The bulk of its use will internet/youtube, movies, and games. I really want something extremely nice and future proof, and I’m a big fan of huge displays. At the same time, I don’t want it to be TOO hard to run on my rig (which will be upgraded in 2-ish years, perhaps?) but I want a greater pixel density than 1440x900 19" (which is ~90 PPI).
My main problem is that I’m stuck between getting either a wide or ultrawide, and having a big enough monitor with the right pixel density. 34" UW at 1440p is great, but I hear some think they’re too short, and prefer the newer 1600p 38" ones. That’s great and all, but 1440p UW will be hard enough to run, let alone 1600p. Not to mention that there’s apparently compatibility problems with some games and running a console through UW monitors?
On the other hand, having a 1440p 16x9 would be rather easy to run comparatively to either UW size, but to get the desired pixel density, I’m stuck at 27". And another problem in my eyes is the ultrawide movies that will get downsized to letterbox on the 16x9 when I watch them. ((For those who will say 21:9 content is hardcoded letterboxed and won’t work on an ultrawide or w/e, well, I have VLC media player and can manually set the played back aspect ratio, among other things.))
Goal settings for games are high or ultra, with minimum framerates at 45, and averages around 60+. I want the monitor to be at the VERY least 75hz, but preferably 100hz minimum. I also really like the idea of IPS since it’ll give a better overall look, so I’m gonna go ahead and say that’s a must, as well as at least 1 HDMI for a console or w/e. And it has to be Freesync, since Nvidia is now allowing Gsync on those, and Gsync monitors supposedly make AMD GPU’s run bad, and I may well go all matching in the future.
TL:DR I want a large display higher than 90 PPI, 75hz minimum (Strong pref for 100hz for LFC, don’t care for much more), IPS, Freesync, with at least 1 HDMI port. Usage is movies, YT, Websurfing, and Gaming, but not editing or anything. It will be my only monitor for a LONG time. And I don’t want to severely gimp my games to run them at 45FPS min, avg 60-ish. So should I go 1440p 16:9, 21:9, or just spring for the 1600p bigger ultrawides and futureproof for better hardware.