Cheap Monitor Recommendations (1080p/1440p - 22 to 34 Inches) and Some PC Setup Questions and more.. warning long haha lol
Last edited 22/07/2018 - 05:31
Setup my new HP Compaq 8200 pc in my room.. very solid and heavier than I expected but very nice size it's like the size of a large hot plate horizontally down and an oversized console but still slim vertically up, not too unwieldy at all.
Now just need a good monitor to link it with or rate my current one.
I got this on gumtree for $40 + $20 postage
Seems to run ok screen turns on and logo comes up but now pc won't show up and can't get it to POST.. So need to troubleshoot that but I have another question besides that to ask.
Looking at something between a 22 inch minimum 32 inch maximum ideal would probably be 24-27. I will be facing it head on just me alone.
Using it for everything under the sun (gaming, editing, media consumption, YouTube, Netflix, email, programming, heavy browsing you name it).
Sticking to just one single monitor for now 1080p minimum was thinking of buying another 22 inch 1080p monitor to read reddit or watch YouTube while steam gaming not sure if a 1050Ti can handle that especially since I will be pushing it to its limits. Don't really need the best will take super cheap bargain bin offers and recommendations can always move up and have a good experience with a variety of monitors later.
No space for a tv yet unfortunately but will be buying a steam link and TV maybe in future when prices die down.
Port selection seems to be 1.4 HDMI, D-Sub and DVI (Galax GTX 1050ti Low Profile). Next build will be a i5 8400 1080Ti minimum and maybe sell my case and psu and cpu/mobo if i7 2600 starts to show its age.
Low chance of overclocking but if I research enough and get confidence I may try it with the monitor also.
Room is pretty dark and I will be using mostly after dark so maybe screen brightness important?
AOC e2450Swh 23.6" 2ms HDMI Full HD LED Monitor with Speaker connected using DVI (35 watts power consumption)
GTX 1050Ti Galax Low Profile
32gb DDR3 (4 x 8gb)
8TB HDD Seagate shucked from an external (this one https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expansion-Desktop-External-ST...)
2.5TB SSD (Samsung 850 EVO 500GB + Micron 1100 2TB)
WiFi card with b/g/n/ac (temporary fix until I decide to either run some Ethernet cable or a powerline from my pc to my router)
DVD combo drive (because some bargain bin sales still have discs and it's not much for cheap DVD watching capabilities either)
So final questions are:
1) would my setup be able to handle another monitor with one monitor gaming the other having a video maybe playing worst case scenario, I only have 3 ports (HDMI, DVI, D-Sub) does using one or the other have any effect or differences especially if I plan to use 2 monitors so 2 ports in use I am assuming unless you need a splitter)
2) how good is my current monitor
AOC e2450Swh 23.6" (what are it's weaknesses and strengths - on initial inspection it looks pretty ok I don't see anything missing besides maybe super fine tuned modes and higher refresh rate but for standard gaming it seems tough)
3) what could I possibly gain from upgrading to a new more current monitor besides higher resolution and larger screen size.. please list any extra gaming specific functionality from special monitors or Netflix type advantages
4) question more for the pc than just monitor - is this computer ok for some game development, 3D art modelling and development, video editing and maybe even twitch/YouTube streaming, etc if so awesome if not what am I missing or lacking and should improve or change out?
5) any tips for a brand new battle station.. I'm thinking of adding a strip of those situational rgb lights at the back behind the monitor and some other cool stuff maybe later if I can think of any.
Might try buy a knock off cheap rgb keyboard off a mate or gumtree and cheap "gaming" mouse during this eb games mid year sale, saw some ozone mice for cheap but my local didn't have any available so might go shopping in Sydney tomorrow.
Haven't thought about speakers or headsets yet either.. but that should be very simple have some ideas and some spare headphones to use for now in the meantimes.
Webcam and mic not that needed yet atm, I have an android phone and tablet anyways if need be and if I were to stream it would be most likely only gameplay or developing and no face cam, maybe a mic but should be simple to pick one up.
Honestly don't care much about mice and keyboard as long as it sits up nice and doesn't have bad tracking I'll be fine. But if anybody has some really cheap macro ones available please post in the comments below.. macros and cheat scripts ftw.
Might get a driving sim setup (pedals and steering wheel down the line maybe).
VR at this point looks unfeasible maybe next time.
Joystick for flight sim games maybe.
Have a chair but if I find a good deal on a dx racer or ozbargain equivalent I'll consider it but honestly very low priority.
I think that covers most things I hope for now.
Might keep this computer and just salvage some parts when I build my 1080ti or new gen equivalent or higher monster pc as a backup or stream assistant pc we shall see.
Finally nice to have a desktop again now just gonna get it running since my first time turning it on all plugged in into gumtree monitor can't post and not sure if it is the pc or monitor or whatever.
Total cost of this pc was around $1600 total delivered (about $20-50 was for labour while I was multitasking other things for some friends and family).. So under $1700 for the whole setup including monitor not too shabby imho definitely could have done better since my builder stuffed up some of the sales especially the gpu but just happy it finally came together..
If I did it myself I would have taken much much longer having to relearn pc building in this small case from scratch and also buying necessary tools but would ahave saved easily $400 in better deal hunting abilities than my Melbourne builder and no labour cost or shipping cost ah well.. I felt like being generous and this past two years I have been making some bad decisions but it's over now and just gotta keep moving forward.
I could have gotten a 1080ti prebuilt for this same price but would have lesser storage and ram and I think no monitor but keyboard and mouse included.
It's ok I like the small pc form factor and was one of the main reasons this build took forever to make and realise.
Next one will take even longer because the obstacles around high end sff is not only size and cooling but customized power supplies and will have to decide whether I want a DVD drive or WiFi etc.
If you have read this long I applaud and thank you.
Users who know me well know probably that I have been hunting for this for ages now and usually make odd long posts like this haha.. sorry if it was a bit tedious but I like to write and will probably regret this in the morning.
I think I should start a blog for all my long posts lol haha. Idk.
Btw what is the description character word limit?