If you can choose only one , What do you choose ? Graphic card or new Display ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Amethyst, May 5, 2009.

  1. Amethyst macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    Currently with Mac Pro Harpertown 2600xt with 20" ACD,
    and i want a new 24"LED ACD,

    Gaming is not main topic for this system (Where i have PS3 ,
    360 , Wii and a i7+9800GX2 rig)

    but i want a decent graphic card for my master degree thesis
    (Working in GPGPU field), GTX285 in june seem good choice for me
    it seem GTX285 mac edition doesn't have mini DP so that
    make me hard to decide.

    if I choose 24"LED, I can't use GTX285 or other card in future from Nvidia
    if I choose GTX285 I can't use *Apple* display (when i think apple will release only MDP port display)

    If you be me, which one do you choose;
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Apple's displays are overpriced, outdated, and inferior to the competition. Go for the graphics card.
  3. CarlisleUnited macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2007
    Seconded, with the display more than any other product from apple you are paying for the brand. Dell, LG and Samsung all make good displays for a fraction of the price
  4. macgrl macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    If you're gaming or graphics-intensive, definitely the card coupled with a less-expensive monitor.

    If you were in color-sensitive work (photography, say), the money would far better be spent on a good monitor. Whether that's an Apple screen is debatable (though they have generally used relatively good panels from a color-accuracy standpoint).
  6. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    i dont see how can game be a main topic on any OSX mac.

    If i were you, I would save money and get a Dell display instead. Graphic card? hell no.
  7. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    I would choose the GPU over the Monitor as well. Unless color accuracy was necessary.

    Most of those cheap monitors use TN panels that just do not have the color range of the S-IPS panels like Apple uses. Although other manufacturers do have S-IPS panels for less than Apple's price with more inputs but the price difference is not huge. Although some have the even higher quality H-IPS panels for Apples S-IPS prices.

    List of S-IPS/H-IPS monitors

    I just got a wonderful Hyundai W240D 24" (1920x1200) for $350 at Fry's.
    Pros: inputs (HDMI, DVI, VGA, Composite, Audio, USB), outputs (2 USB ports), adjustable stand (height, tilt, pivot, swivel), speakers, HDCP compliant, bright colors, fast response time
    Cons: TN Panel, slight light bleed on edges with pure black, poor cable routing design (had to use zip ties to clean up cables)

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