When is big too big? 20" vs 24"

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  1. jtalerico macrumors 6502

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    What do you guys think? Should 20 be big enough? I honeslty have never seen a 24".

    I will use it for...

    Computer Programming
    Gaming
    minimal video editing...

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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  3. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, I'd go 20 inch if you are gaming. 24inch is more likely to show ghosting. Personally, if you have the money , you can't beat a 30inch :D
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    While my 20 is not too small, I could never say any current monitor (including the 30) is too big. They may be too pricey, your computer may not be able to power them, but they are definitely not too big.
     
  5. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    i doubt any of the monitors will show ghosting
     
  6. Little Endian macrumors 6502a

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    Ghosting should not be a problem. What is a problem is the high native resolution on the 23/24 inch Apple and Dell Displays. Gaming at native 1920*1200 resolution takes a very powerful GPU to run nice and smooth with demanding games on max settings.

    I have a 20" Apple Display @1680x1050 and even at that resolution I would drive with nothing less than a 9800 minimum!! preferred would be a Radeon X800XT/X1600/ or a 6800GT&Ultra/7800GT. I have my monitor being driven by a 7800GT and @ 1680x1050 I can choke up the GPU pretty good on certain games like COD, and Doom III.

    edit: I just noticed you have a 6800GT which should be fine for a 24" in gaming but it will allow you to push performance limitations on your GPU and could leave you itching to upgrade to an even better GPU. Unfortunately your PowerMac is AGP so the only other option for GPU at the moment would be an X800XT or 6800 Ultra which are only marginally better than your 6800GT.
     
  7. FireArse macrumors 6502a

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    When is it too big?

    I dont think I can answer your Q - but I do know that 23 inches is JUsT PERFECT :)

    F
     
  8. jtalerico thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Why couldnt my computer power it? I have a 6800GT DDL..
     
  9. jtalerico thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the replies.. I am still in the mits of thinking, I like the look of the apple, but the dell has all the different inputs the PiP... Not sure yet. If i were to do this i would either get a Apple 20" Or a Dell 24"
     
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    id say go for the 24" screen real estate is always better to have than not. i feel cramped on my small 12" laptop screen sometimes.


    edit: the dell is more bang for your buck. and i haven't heard anyone have issues with their dell monitors, hate their computers all you want, but i think their monitors, while maybe not as pleasing to look at, are just as good as Apple's
     
  11. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I was speaking generally.
     
  12. jtalerico thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can we poll this, not sure if it is too late....

    so far it seems like

    24" 4
    20" 1
     
  13. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Counting simple votes isn't the way. You can't use a poll to make this decision. You have too take our advice and make your own choice.
     
  14. barrettd macrumors regular

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    I would go as big as you can afford. If I could've afforded the 24" Dell over the 20", I would have.
     
  15. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    Simple as that...just make sure the models you pick don't ghost and all should be fine. Bigger is better, especially when gaming if your card can back it up.
     
  16. jtalerico thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So you feel the 20" is not big enough? What kind of work do you do with it?

    Right... I have taken all the advice.. Now i am just trying to get the numbers.. I would love to go with a 24" but with what I am going to be using it for, is it logical?
     
  17. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    It's logical to go with the 24 just when having many windows open. It's nice to be able to have a nice size mplayer window open, a couple of webpages too. Or when programing to have multiple files open. Or whatever. Like I said, no monitor can be too big. I'm sure you find something to put in that space.
     
  18. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    Yes!
    Yes!
    Yes!
    Yes!

    :D
     
  19. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

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    Absolutely. My 20" ACD feels cramped to me, which is why I'm springing for the 30" ACD.
     
  20. Jason Bourne macrumors member

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    As someone who upgraded his 23" ACD to a 30" ACD my advice is to go with the larger screen (but I'd pick the 23" ACD over the Dell 24")
     
  21. barrettd macrumors regular

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    Don't get me wrong, I love my 20". I just think bigger is always better when dealing with monitors. I initially bought my PM to do video editing and otherwise replace my PC. I kept waiting for deals on the Dell 20" and finally found one that worked out well for me. I love it, but would have paid more for the 24" if I could have afforded it. In the same vein, I would buy the 30" Dell/Apple if I could afford those.

    Having said all of that, if you end up with either of the 20"ers, you'll still be very happy.
     
  22. jimsowden macrumors 68000

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    Where did you get that picture? is that an aston?

    Also, the 24" dell has much better specs when compared to the 20", not only resolution but brightness and contrast are much better. I'd reccomend waiting for the 2407fpw though, they should be out in a few weeks with even better specs and hopefully a classier redesign.
     
  23. iRhyknow macrumors member

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    How about the refurbished 30 inch... $1999 but as sexy as electronics get.
     
  24. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    Would you really spend $2000 on something refurbished? :eek: You could get the Dell for that price new anyways.
     

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