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New Monitor Recommendations?

AgentCooper

Bronze Level Poster
Hi there, I’m brand new to the forums so please don’t pick on me and steal my lunch money!

My last desktop from Chillblast has died after 7 years faithful service so I’ve taken the plunge and treated myself to an order from PC Specialist. I’ve still got about £350 left in my budget to get a new monitor, old one is still alive and well but is 1080p and I think my new machine will deserve more... hoping people might have some recommendations for a decent 27 inch 1440p screen.

I mainly play single player (Witcher 3, GTA V, looking forward to Horizon Zero Dawn and Cyberpunk 2077!) and I also spend a worrying amount of time on Euro/American Truck Simulator. So response time and refresh probably aren’t as important to me as they are to some. Thanks for reading, looking forward to hearing back from you.


Case
CORSAIR iCUE 220T RGB AIRFLOW MID TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Eight Core CPU (3.6GHz-4.4GHz/36MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF X570-PLUS GAMING (USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe 4.0, CrossFireX) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2060 SUPER - HDMI, DP - VR Ready!
1st Storage Drive
2TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA 120 2.5" SSD, (up to 560MB/sR | 540MB/sW)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3200MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
LED Lighting
2x 50cm RGB LED Strip
Extra Case Fans
1x 120mm Black Case Fan (configured to extract from rear/roof)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS 802.11N 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD
USB/Thunderbolt Options
2 PORT (2 x TYPE A) USB 3.0 PCI-E CARD + STANDARD USB PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Google Chrome™
Cable Management
3 x PCS 1.5M Zip Cable Tidy - Professional Cable Management
 

Nursemorph

Spamtastic
If I am right, then your total budget is around £2200? If I am correct, then this system will be perfect for 1440p 144Hz gaming and includes the monitor to match:


Case
CORSAIR iCUE 220T RGB AIRFLOW MID TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X Eight Core CPU (3.9GHz-4.5GHz/36MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF GAMING B550-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3600MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2070 SUPER - HDMI, 3x DP GeForce - RTX VR Ready!
1st Storage Drive
2TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA-III 3.5" HDD, 6GB/s, 7200RPM, 256MB CACHE
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3200MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 750W RM SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Lite 240 High Performance Liquid Cooler
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
LED Lighting
2x 50cm RGB LED Strip
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
2 PORT (2 x TYPE A) USB 3.0 PCI-E CARD + STANDARD USB PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Firefox™
Monitor
MSI 27" Optix MAG272CQR - 2560 x 1440, 1MS, 165Hz
Cable Management
3 x PCS 1.5M Zip Cable Tidy - Professional Cable Management
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
TIMED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND - MON-FRI (BEFORE 2PM)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 20 to 22 working days
Price: £2,084.00 including VAT and Delivery
Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/CNAYqgn9KC/
 

AgentCooper

Bronze Level Poster
Hi, thanks for your reply. The actual desktop has already been ordered so there isn’t any scope to change that. But I imagine I’ll be upgrading odds and sods over the coming years. Do you think the current spec may struggle with 1440p?
 

sibun1

Well-known member
Until its built, you can amend your order. (Any price difference would either be refunded as a credit note, or charged via a sub order)
Once it goes into PreProduction the option will be available when you look at your orders.
I think all the changes suggested would also be available on the configurator for the chipset youve chosen.
 

Nursemorph

Spamtastic
Hi, thanks for your reply. The actual desktop has already been ordered so there isn’t any scope to change that. But I imagine I’ll be upgrading odds and sods over the coming years. Do you think the current spec may struggle with 1440p?
As @sibun1 noted above, you can change things in your order without it affecting your queue placement or lead time up until the system starts being physically built

The system will work at 1440p 75Hz so, just bear that in mind when getting the new monitor
 

Nursemorph

Spamtastic
Hmmm, you’ve given me some stuff to think about! Appreciate you both chiming in with your thoughts 👍
There is nothing wrong with 1440p 75Hz and it does give good quality graphics (it's what I have myself and I love the quality)...just that 144Hz is better and that is where games etc are heading for these days. Might be worth searching online for comparison videos of the 2 to give yourself a feel for the difference.
 

Nursemorph

Spamtastic
@SpyderTracks is very correct there..I frequently forget to recommend a 144Hz monitor when getting a 75Hz GPU. The MSI monitor I listed in the spec above is a good monitor but it really depends on your budget.
 

AgentCooper

Bronze Level Poster
I could probably stretch to about £400. And come to think of it, I’ve got about £150 in amazon gift cards knocking about the place somewhere. But the suggested monitor seems to be in the sweet spot for me, and I could put my gift cards towards a new keyboard 😁
 

AgentCooper

Bronze Level Poster
The LG Ultragear 27GL83A-B 27 Inch Gaming Monitor QHD IPS was one of the ones recommended to me, it was on offer for just under £400, currently listed as £439 on Amazon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-Ultrage...WeCP&pd_rd_wg=ndc1l&ref_=pd_gw_ci_mcx_mr_hp_d
One of several reviews I found, all seemed pretty good:
https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/27gl83a-b .
That looks pretty tasty too!

Right, I have made an amendment to my order, I've upped the GPU to the RTX 2070 Super and I think I will sit on my money and save for a bit longer to get a decent monitor like the LG. I figure that I'm going to be staring at that screen for a long time, why scrimp on it?

The only other curveball I can throw into the equation is.... as a Euro Truck Simulator nerd, would an ultra-wide monitor be worth considering? I can imagine that with my Track IR and a wide screen, the immersion would be pretty epic. Any thoughts?
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
That looks pretty tasty too!

Right, I have made an amendment to my order, I've upped the GPU to the RTX 2070 Super and I think I will sit on my money and save for a bit longer to get a decent monitor like the LG. I figure that I'm going to be staring at that screen for a long time, why scrimp on it?

The only other curveball I can throw into the equation is.... as a Euro Truck Simulator nerd, would an ultra-wide monitor be worth considering? I can imagine that with my Track IR and a wide screen, the immersion would be pretty epic. Any thoughts?
You would get lower frame rates on an ultrawide with a 2070 super (still over 60), really need a 2080 Super to maintain around 100fps. That being said though, so long as you had gsync or freesync, that’s not necessarily a bad thing as on my gsync 4k monitor I only get about 40fps but it’s still buttery smooth. I’d say for the gain in peripheral view it’s probably worth it, and there are some incredibly good value ultrawides on the market for around £350, plus it gives you room to grow into with future gpu upgrades.
 

AgentCooper

Bronze Level Poster
Hi to all, thanks for the advice so far. So I upgraded the GPU to the 2070 Super, the CPU to the 3800X and the PSU to the fully modular Corsair 750. I’ll probably be looking at the upcoming Nvidia cards when they’re released but I figure this setup will give me a fairly decent experience for a little while.

I’m definitely leaning towards the thought of an ultrawide 21:9 monitor after considering my options. So to those who have experience of such things, what would you recommend?

There’ll be a lot of virtual driving (Euro Truck Sim, Assetto Corsa) and single player gaming (RDR2 will be a must play), so I won’t need over 100FPS.

If anyone has a handle on the wide aspect ratio side of things and can recommend budget, medium and premium options, I’d love to hear their thoughts. What would keep me running respectably with the 2070 Super and then really benefit from the boosts one of the future cards would provide?
 

AgentCooper

Bronze Level Poster
Also, I make no apologies for all the RGB in my build. My previous Chillblast PC was one of their silent discreet builds, I was room sharing at the time. I’m now in the position where I can make as much noise as I want and I’m looking forward to my desk having the appearance of a 90s disco 😁
 

Nursemorph

Spamtastic
If anyone has a handle on the wide aspect ratio side of things and can recommend budget, medium and premium options, I’d love to hear their thoughts. What would keep me running respectably with the 2070 Super and then really benefit from the boosts one of the future cards would provide?
This would be a good place to start while waiting to see if anybody else has any recommendations:

Gaming monitor guide

The guide is a little out-dated as a lot of the monitors have had refreshes/newer models released but it's a good starting point and covers all budget ranges for the Ultrawides
 
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