This is a split board - You can return to the Split List for other boards.

How much better would gaming on a monitor be vs gaming on an HDTV?

#1Star_NutsPosted 8/27/2013 11:42:13 AM(edited)
And how much would I be looking to spend on a nice monitor? I currently game on a 59'' 60hz 1080p plasma. I'm worried that moving to a smaller screen will ruin the gaming experience but it would be more comfortable gaming with a mouse and keyboard on a desk. Also, what would be the best screen size?
---
Not changing this sig until the Chargers win the Super Bowl - 31 Dec 2012
http://images.pictureshunt.com/pics/s/san_diego_chargers-3705.gif
#2Son Of SpamPosted 8/27/2013 2:48:55 PM
You're probably looking around $150 for a good 23" 1080p monitor, which is the standard nowadays.

I can't really say which one is better because it is a matter of opinion. I love playing on my 54" plasma and mostly play RTS games on my 23" monitor. I find the large TV to be a much more immersive experience.

The biggest advantage of an LCD monitor is they will have less input lag than most TVs. It isn't that big of a deal if you aren't playing competitively.

As for screen size, it depends on the resolution you want. For 1080p, 23-24" is the standard size. If you get a 27" monitor, it would be best to get one with a 1440p resolution.
#3TheWayOfTheGunPosted 8/27/2013 3:07:19 PM(edited)
I have both a 55in Panny VT50 plasma and a 27in Crossover 1440p monitor side by side with my PC hooked up to both so I have a decent opinion to share.

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx145/IceThatJaw/photobucket-35457-1364991459362_zps8e7b87b4.jpg


Basically, 1440p brings out a ridiculous amount of detail, especially on a 27in screen from 3 feet away. That being said, the VT50 has far superior color accuracy and shadow detail over any monitor on the market so I pretty much always play on it since I am able to see incredible shadow detail in games Splinter Cell, Tomb Raider, and Metro:Last Light which have lots of dark areas.

It really comes down to whether you want to see more detail from sitting up close and playing on a smaller screen or you want an overall better PQ in terms of color and black level. (Bearing you have a decent, newer TV).

*As for comfort, sitting back in a Lazy Boy > sitting at my desk. I sit at a desk 40+ hours a week.
#4thatfool12GsPosted 8/27/2013 5:20:03 PM(edited)
Pixel density on a monitor is better as monitors are smaller than HDTV's. I prefer this as the image is sharper. I can only imagine the density on a monitor with more pixels, ie 1440p.

I use my 55" from time to time, but prefer the 23" monitor.
---
Asus Sabertooth z77 - Core i5 3570k @ 4.5Ghz - Hyper 212 Evo - G. Skill Ripjaws X 16 GB Ram - EVGA GTX 680 - Xion 1000W PSU
#5TimePharaohPosted 8/27/2013 5:21:29 PM
Everything is better
---
"HE are genius, firstly." - ASlaveObeys
http://i.imgur.com/SQAc17B.png
#6DragnfyrPosted 8/27/2013 5:23:25 PM
You'll be much closer to your monitor than your TV so the monitor will probably take up a larger portion of your FOV even though it is physically smaller.
---
MacBook Pro with Retina Display | 15.4" 2880x1800 | Core i7-3615QM @ 2.3GHz | 8GB DDR3 1600MHz | GT 650M 1GB GDDR5 | 256GB SSD | OSX 10.8.4 | Windows 8 Pro