I am new to the forum. This seems like the appropriate place for this question and I did look around. I've been around forums before and I realize repeat questions are annoying. If this is in that category, my apologies.
I was in the Columbus Store yesterday and spoke with a rep for a while about an ASUS 34" 3440x1440 monitor (ASUS VG34VQL1B 34" 2K UWQHD). Today I found this monitor on the website for quite a bit less (Acer XZ342CU 34" QHD). The ASUS is $399 and the Acer is $299.
I don't have a problem spending the $400. However, I would love to only spend $300 as I also need a new graphics card. I just really don't understand all the numbers as the pertain to my usage. I'm looking at the specs on these monitors and they seem close enough for my needs to go with the Acer. The most glaring differences I noticed are:
ASUS= 165hz, 4000:1 NCR, 550cd/m2 brightness, HDR400,
Acer= 180hz, 3000:1 NCR, 400cd/m2 brightness,
I am currently running fairly old equipment (listed below). I built my system in 2015 and I've only added memory and put in a bigger hard drive. I use my computer for a lot of internet browsing, home recreation (pictures, music, budgeting, tv, movies/including a plex server). I also use it for gaming, but I'm not crazy about my usage or needs. I play some common games (GTAV and Red Dead) and as long as it's running decent (which it does), I am not disappointed with graphics or game play.
I want to upgrade to the bigger monitor with better graphics. I also want to get a new graphics card (another discussion) and I know I'll probably have to replace my MB and processor next year. I like to spend the money on something that will serve my needs well into the future. As you can see, my last set up lasted 8 years and it really isn't serving me poorly now.
So, just curious as to whether the Acer would be a good choice for my situation. If there are other options, feel free to let me know. I am fairly sure I want a 34" curved monitor.
Between the two, I prefer the ASUS. Their on paper specs aren't that far apart, but in person the ASUS panel feels more vibrant. I'd like to also point your attention toward the VG34VQL3A (https://www.microcenter.com/product/671893/asus-tuf-vg34vql3a-34-2k-qhd-(3440-x-1440)-180hz-curved-screen-gaming-monitor). This is the same monitor as the original ASUS you mentioned, just priced a little better at the moment and with a higher refresh rate.
If you had to get a new monitor, then ASUS would be my recommendation. That being said, I would personally take a different route—I'd start with my components then upgrade the monitor to match the components I chose.
Here's how I break it down in my head: The budget for a monitor is $300-$400, plus you would like to get a GPU as well.
Rather than spend money on the monitor I would start with one of our CPU bundles (https://www.microcenter.com/product/5006465/intel-core-i7-12700k,-msi-z690-a-pro-wifi-ddr4,-g-skill-ripjaws-v-16gb-ddr4-3200-kit,-computer-build-bundle) or (https://www.microcenter.com/product/5006269/amd-ryzen-7-7700x,-msi-b650-p-pro-wifi,-gskill-flare-x5-series-32gb-ddr5-6000-kit,-computer-build-combo) and build out the system from there.
Buuuut that's me, my head's gonna be wired a bit differently than yours and going with a monitor first may work out better for you! Let me know if you have any questions or would like any clarification :)
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