Ryzen 1700 and GTX 1080 Ti - what monitor?

Hi guys,

I’ve been a long time lurker, and thought this was probably the best place to pose this question to people with more experience than I have. I’ve built a Ryzen 1700 PC with 16GB DDR4 RAM, a smattering of SSDs and a AMD 390X. Next week I’m upgrading to a GTX 1080 Ti, as I’m finally in a position to afford a real high end graphics card. What puzzles me is what monitor to look for. I’m currently using a 24’’ 1080p display, but I want something larger, that runs higher resolutions and can deliver reliable gaming experiences. Framerate isn’t that important to me, as long as it’s > 60hz. Would I get away with using a standard 4k TV like this:


Or would I be better off going for an actual monitor? I considered the Korean 4k displays, but I haven’t seen any recent videos on the newer models since Wendell’s last video, so I’m wary of buying generic brands.

Time to stop rambling on.

TL;DR: I need a monitor/tv to match my GTX 1080 Ti. Framerate isn’t that important as long as it supports 60hz and has a relatively low response time. Are there any particular monitors/TVs that I should look for, or should I just purchase a 4k TV and use that as my main monitor for gaming/browsing? Due to the GTX 1080 Ti wiping out my savings, I can only budget $800~ to spend on the new screen. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Badass ASUS monitor $700 - 27" 1440p 165 Hz TN 1ms response GSYNC
Same one with IPS, Fanciest rig IMO $800 - 27" 1440p 165 Hz IPS 4ms GSYNC
This one from Dell $550 27" 1440p 144 Hz TN 1ms GSYNC
There’s one just like it in 24" for $400

I suggest 1440p 27" because it’s large and dense yet you still have GPU juice to spare on pretty settings and those sweet sweet frames


First thought:
Please don’t waste your 1080Ti by using it with a TV. And look at text on a 4K monitor of the same size before you buy one. Microscopic 4K text was the deal breaker for me.

When I bought one last year a thing I did that I found very helpful was to get a bunch of cardboard and cut it up into various monitor sizes, then I taped the cardboard to my old screen.

27" was too close to my 24" = too small.
34" 21:9 ultra wide is the same size as 27" but +4" added to each side = not big enough.
40" was too tall to be ergonomic and dominated my room space too much.
32" was just right for me = what I bought.
. I don’t even mind that it’s only 1080p. I know I’m gonna be called an idiot for that opinion.
. I tried a cheap screen intending to return it, but it didn’t suck, so I kept it.
38" ultra wide is what I really want = 32" height with 40" width except the price is astronomical.

I don’t know enough about monitors to pick a specific one that someone else isn’t gonna say I’m a moron for suggesting. But try looking for a 32" screen with 1440 or 1600 lines. A 1080Ti will crush that FPS wise. At 4K I think a 1080Ti is adequate, but not stellar, I think.

I thought this one was nice last time I was in Micro Center. But what do I know. My priority is Photoshop, not gaming.

2560 x 1440 - 5ms response time - 75Hz


This is what I have just bought.

My specs are R7 1700X with an Nvidia 980 Ti. G-Sync is a revelation so is the high refresh rate. I could have gone 4K but I wanted to push high fps for shooters. 4K is just too many pixels for a 980IT with the eye candy turned up. 1440 is a nice compromise between high dpi and speed.

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Thanks for all the advice. In response to an earlier post, I’m quite happy with the scaling of 4k TVs as monitors. I’ve used my friend’s 49’’ 4k display, and it was reasonable with a few tweaks to text scaling in Windows. I really like the look of the Acer Predator display that PendragonUK linked, as it ticks so many boxes, and I’ve always wanted to try G-sync. I’m just slightly concerned that it’ll be a bit too small, as my current display is only 3’’ smaller, and I’d like to go up to at least 32’’.

The biggest issue I have is with value for money. If I did go with a 27’’ 1440p display, I’d be tempted to ditch the 1080 Ti and instead go with a standard 1080, as I would feel like the extra performance wouldn’t be warranted, especially with my CPU at < 4k resolutions. I think 4k TVs are the best value for money, but from what I’ve seen, the response time and refresh rate can be patchy at that price point. I also question the practicality of a huge TV on certain games like Overwatch and PUBG.

I’ve got some thinking to do!

Pixio is launching a 34" 3440 x 1440 100hz monitor. You can get it for 499$ shipped with a coupon code. I think msrp will be 600 after the 31st

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Possibly out of your budget, but maybe an OK reference point:

HP DreamColor z32x - 32" 4k

It’s what I’m using at work right now and I really like it.

In terms of resolution and size, I use it mostly for text, and it works fine for me. Some people can’t work with text that small, I haven’t found it to be an issue.

8 years prior to upgrading to a z32x I was using various high end 30" 2560x1600 Dell monitors - going to 4k at about the same size helps a lot in terms of productivity. It takes about a day or two to get used to the text size.

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Honestly nothing below a VA panel… The TNs maybe faster but for fuck sake colors and brightness matter LOL… but yeah that second one is damn nice