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xMist

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I'm sort of a newb when it comes to monitors... Anyway, after three years I'm still using the 15 inch CRT that came with my Dell Dimension. It's branded by Dell although there is a good chance it was actually manufactured by someone else, I guess. It's a good monitor except I can never get the image exactly lined up with the CRT's edges but that's okay; it's a small distortion.

Anyway. I'm looking for a 19" monitor because I'm getting more into gaming and graphical arts than ever. I also enjoy watching movies on my computer and, as you can imagine, it's kind of painful to do so on my current monitor. If I could get somone's help in recommending a new monitor, that would be fantastic.

What I'd like:

-19 inches
-Either a CRT OR a very, very, very fast LCD screen
-If it's CRT, a flat screen would be nice but it's not essential
-If it's CRT, it would be nice to have it take up the least amount of room possible but that's not essential
-Good/great image clarity/brightness and color correctness
-Less than $300

I don't want someone going out and slaving away looking for this, but if someone knows of the top of their head a monitor such as this exists and is of quality make, I would really like to know of it. I'm hoping to get some deals too now that the Christmas sales are appearing. Also, if something comes close to what I want but not exactly perfect then that's fine too.

Thank you guys so much!
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Well from what you are describing you want a TFT, CRTs these days are massive(flat screens make them bigger) and you really need a flat screen these days after you use a flat screened monitor you realise how poor old fashioned curved CRTs are.

LCD monitors are very fast these days alot of the budget monitors(which is all you can afford, strangely CRT is more expensie as they just dont seem to make budget CRT as no one wants them) have response times in the 8ms and 4ms range(and most people are more than happy using 12 & 16 ms monitors). So that isnt a problem, i like my samsung 913N, but the new 930 looks good, there is most of the viewsonics they are a known high quality budget monitor company, and if you have the cash sony monitors are the best.
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I went to Newegg and they didn't have the 913N. However, they did have the 930, but it is waaaay above my budget. :)

Why do you say CRT's are expensive? The most expensive 19" CRT is cheaper than the least expensive 19" LCD from what I've gathered. :tazz:

Edited by xMist, 04 December 2005 - 05:03 PM.

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Depends on what CRT you look at, they have largely stopped selling them in britian but the cheapest i can find in CRT at decent spec is a £260 HP monitor you can get a really brilliants 19" LCD for £190 so, you really need flat screen nowadays like i said, dont even bother looking at the old curved screen(they dont even sell new ones anymore as far as i can see).

I can only ever find CRTs made by HP these days or dell and they are either expenisive or crap. I would look in other places for monitors if newegg doesnt have them, ebuyer has always had a great selection, some more specialist sites are better for monitors.

Monitors are quite a speciality iten in terms of hardware for many it is the most expensive single part in any new PC, and rightly so, what good is an amazing PC if you cant see what it can do.

The only CRTs sold now in decent quatities are the very large ones above 21" and they usually retail from £500 to £1000 from specialist dealers usually.
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