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  1. gedzum's Avatar
    Ah it is the TrueTheater settings. It is supposed to allow for some customization and enhancements for the content you are watching.
    05-21-2014 02:48 AM
  2. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    It seems that I can't access them, the options for this are greyed out. I can only activate hardware acceleration.

    But it doesn't necessarily have to be USB 2.0 that causes artifacting, I have this on some older video files of series that are on my HDD. And I had some kind of stripes when watching DVDs on my old PC with int. DVD drive (SATA).

    edit: Oh, okay, I have to deactivate hardware acceleration to get access to the True Theater settings. I activated them and watched a few minutes but it didn't seem like there were any problems.
    05-21-2014 03:08 AM
  3. gedzum's Avatar
    hmm it's probably something else with my configuration then. No worries, I guess I'll just run DVDs of the internal drive in the mean time. Thanks for confirming how it works for you though. I may be able to rule it out as a potential issue.
    05-21-2014 03:54 AM
  4. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Well, until now I haven't really found that much that borhers me with the drive. In fact it's just one thing: the responding times when I paused a DVD/Bluray and resume the playback (regardless if it's a movie or data disc). Those are really annoying to me and that's one of the reasons why I wanted to have all my movies/shows on my HDD (that and I'm too lazy always looking for a certain movie or if I just want to watch a certain episode of a show while I eat).

    The thing where I would get those stripes was with two certain shows (Scrubs and The Simpsons) and not on PowerDVD but on VLC Player.
    There are so many options and settings that I wouldn't even know what to de-/activate to get the best quality/performance^^

    Edit: I think I found out what made those strange lines in "fast" movements during watching videos: I happend to see it on a YouTube video after scaling an old video up to 720p, so it might have to do with old resolutions being upscaled.
    Last edited by QwarkDreams; 05-25-2014 at 01:36 AM.
    05-21-2014 04:26 AM
  5. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Well, looks like I'm going to replace my monitor next month. I've had two horizontal lines (one at the top where usually the tabs end in Firefox, one on the bottom where the task bar ends) that no one I've asked could explain and now a third appeared.

    I've browsed a few online shops (mostly Geizhals.at because they have great filters to close in on the stuff that's relevant for you) and one particular monitor caught my attention: the Dell UltraSharp U2414H. It has a 23.8" AH-IPS panel with 1920x1080 @60Hz and 8ms response time. The price isn't that bad (210-220€).

    Has anyone of you had experiences with Dell or IPS panels and gaming?
    08-09-2014 03:48 AM
  6. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    No, but just to ask, you ARE sure that the lines are from the monitor, and not a failing graphics card, right?
    08-09-2014 09:06 AM
  7. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    No, but just to ask, you ARE sure that the lines are from the monitor, and not a failing graphics card, right?
    Yes. I've had them when I used my old PC and even now. The position of the lines hasn't changed too. But it only seems to occure when I use Firefox for a longer time (hence the position of the lines; long, static display of graphics). Like they burn in while having static graphics displayed and fade away after the image changes.
    08-10-2014 01:18 AM
  8. gedzum's Avatar
    I have a Dell U2412M and it has been one of the best investments on my PC for me. Colours and viewing angles are great, the build quality is very sturdy and robust as well as having tilt, pivot and height adjust. Gaming performance is very good IMO. I don't notice much ghosting. The only downside for me, is the anti glare coating makes the screen seem less vivid compared to my Vaio Pro screen. Otherwise it's a very good monitor. I would think a Dell IPS monitor is a worthy consideration. Asus is also a brand I hear great things about.
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    08-10-2014 07:39 PM
  9. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    I have a Dell U2412M and it has been one of the best investments on my PC for me. Colours and viewing angles are great, the build quality is very sturdy and robust as well as having tilt, pivot and height adjust. Gaming performance is very good IMO. I don't notice much ghosting. The only downside for me, is the anti glare coating makes the screen seem less vivid compared to my Vaio Pro screen. Otherwise it's a very good monitor. I would think a Dell IPS monitor is a worthy consideration. Asus is also a brand I hear great things about.
    Did you notice any issues while using DP or HDMI? I've read that with nVidia GPUs there's a common issue when using DP1.2 (no problems when disabling 1.2) and HDMI. The GPU recognises the monitor as an HDTV and reduces the RGB range, which makes the display look washed out.
    Wouldn't matter to me right now since I have an AMD GPU, but this might change in the future and I don't want to be limited in my choices because of this.

    A matt display might take away some of the crispness, but I prefer it for everday use (especially on laptops). My current monitor has also a matt display, so it won't bother me.

    I'm actually quite determined about this monitor. It's one of the cheapest I could find with my requirements (23-24", 1080p, IPS panel, HDMI+DP, reputable brand). There are only 2 AOC monitors that would meet those requirements but one has a silver bezel and the other one has a bezel that's textured which I don't like. Since I'm going to look at it quite often I don't want to regret my choice just because it was a few bucks cheaper.

    Thanks for the feedback!
    08-11-2014 12:57 AM
  10. gedzum's Avatar
    No problem mate. Ah are you also considering this monitor? I've only ever used the the DVI cable, sorry I can't really say much about that issue. I agree about the matt display. The glare and reflections on my laptop screen can make it pretty unbearable at times. Another thing I like about the monitor is the relatively thin bezels. It's minor but going to a montor with thicker bezels distracts me slightly now haha. Just got used to it I guess.
    08-13-2014 08:10 PM
  11. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Yes, the Dell would be my first choice right now but this Asus would be ~50E cheaper. Don't know what to buy :-(
    08-14-2014 05:08 AM
  12. gedzum's Avatar
    Right I see..in any case I'm very pleased with my Dell monitor and would recommend it. I think it is a very suitable option for you. I read this review over on TFTCentral and it was one of the factors that helped me decide on getting it. Dell U2412M Review
    08-22-2014 08:44 PM
  13. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Right I see..in any case I'm very pleased with my Dell monitor and would recommend it. I think it is a very suitable option for you. I read this review over on TFTCentral and it was one of the factors that helped me decide on getting it. Dell U2412M Review
    Still not sure which monitor I should buy. I cancelled out the Asus and the ones left are the Dell U2414H (~215€, but I don't really wanna pay that much just for a monitor) and the Iiyama ProLite X2483HSU (which costs around 160€). If I decide to buy the Iiyama I would get a VESA mount and end up at the same price as the Dell (and I could mount a second monitor - like my current one - if the space is sufficient).

    The U2412M ain't an option for me (don't like 16:10) and too expensive (215€ for the Dell is the maximum I'm willing to spend on a monitor).
    08-24-2014 12:30 PM
  14. gedzum's Avatar
    Ah I see. So did you manage to decide which monitor to go for in the end?
    09-01-2014 02:22 AM
  15. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Ah I see. So did you manage to decide which monitor to go for in the end?
    Yeah, I think I'll go with the iiyama ProLite X2483HSU for ~160€. It lacks the functionalities of the stand (swivel, pivot,...) from it's brother - the XB2483HSU - but is about 25€ cheaper. If I find myself missing those features (my current monitor doesn't have them either) I can always buy a VESA desktop mount and can change te position of the monitor too (plus all the other features).
    I decided against the Dell because I hate backlight bleeding (general problem with IPS panels). I'm mostly at my PC at night with only a small lamp in the back of the room, so the backlight bleeding would be even more visible. Also, MVA is said to have better black levels (the monitor in my living room has terrible black levels and when the whole screen is black there are also shades of red in it, so it's not a true, pure black and I hate that).

    But it seems like I'll be ordering it next month instead of this one.....damn you, puny income of a student!
    09-01-2014 09:29 PM
  16. gedzum's Avatar
    Alright that's good you found one you like. Hope it serves you well. And yeah I also hate the income of being a student haha..
    09-03-2014 03:40 AM
  17. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Alright that's good you found one you like. Hope it serves you well. And yeah I also hate the income of being a student haha..
    Never thought it would be such a hassle for me to decide on a new monitor. But, man, there are so many things you need to consider....panel type, size, amount and type of connectors, price, stand. And than you find one that has all the features that you want, look up some reviews and it gets smashed because the quality is so bad (crystal effect, backlight bleeding, blur,...)^^ Good thing I don't need a new one immediately.

    But it's not quite over^^ I still need a new mouse, keyboard, mousepad, headset/headphones, new chair.....damn, this year will be expensive :-/
    And my front intake fans (the stock ones that came with the case) are kinda 'humming', so I may have to replace them too (not sure if it's the fans or the crappy fan speed control of the ASRock boards...

    At least I now have a plan how and when I will upgrade my CPU and GPU (waiting for the last socket 1150 chip from Intel that's supported by my motherboard, after that I might switch to AMD; waiting for the new R9 285/295 to release and the 270X/280/280X to get cheaper).
    09-13-2014 08:17 AM
  18. gedzum's Avatar
    Oh man all that's definitely gonna cost a pretty penny. Quite the expensive piece of gear to keep up to date right ;) Well looking forward to seeing your complete setup when it's all done..
    09-13-2014 11:14 AM
  19. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Oh man all that's definitely gonna cost a pretty penny. Quite the expensive piece of gear to keep up to date right ;) Well looking forward to seeing your complete setup when it's all done..
    Yeah.....especially with my kinda expensive taste. 30€ Keyboard? No, I need that 140€ mechanical keyboad with backlight and ****. Mouse and pad? Sure, I just take them for 80€ and 40€.^^
    But hell, I'm gonna use them for a long time, so I can invest a more money in them. It's not like I'm going to replace them every year.

    And having such an expensive taste, it might take a long time until my setup is "finished" :-(

    What are your plans for your setup? Anything new in sight?
    09-14-2014 07:31 AM
  20. Muessig's Avatar
    Oh Qwarky... I wish I had seen this thread sooner. I have a Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27" IPS professional grade monitor. I have to have accurate colours as I do freelance design - including both web and print designing, so I needed a reliable monitor that I could calibrate etc. I've had no backlight problems in the ~10 months I've had this monitor, no problems with colour shifting or build quality issues. I couldn't recommend Dell enough.

    When I was deciding I was torn between Asus and Dell, I didn't fancy an Ilyama at the time. I could have spent a little less on Asus but honestly when you're investing in a 600 off pound monitor you're pretty heavily investing in the customer support you're going to get thereafter and Asus have never impressed me in this regard.

    As for your mouse and keyboard I would recommend Corsair's Vegeance mouse and keyboards. They've served me really well and Corsair's support has been excellent for me!
    09-14-2014 01:53 PM
  21. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Oh Qwarky... I wish I had seen this thread sooner. I have a Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27" IPS professional grade monitor. I have to have accurate colours as I do freelance design - including both web and print designing, so I needed a reliable monitor that I could calibrate etc. I've had no backlight problems in the ~10 months I've had this monitor, no problems with colour shifting or build quality issues. I couldn't recommend Dell enough.

    When I was deciding I was torn between Asus and Dell, I didn't fancy an Ilyama at the time. I could have spent a little less on Asus but honestly when you're investing in a 600 off pound monitor you're pretty heavily investing in the customer support you're going to get thereafter and Asus have never impressed me in this regard.

    As for your mouse and keyboard I would recommend Corsair's Vegeance mouse and keyboards. They've served me really well and Corsair's support has been excellent for me!
    Nothing to worry ;-) The U2713HM is quite a bit more expensive than the iiyama and even than the U2414H, heck, even about 180€ more expensive than the Eizo Foris FS2434 (which is supposed to be an awesome IPS gaming monitor)^^
    Since my budget is very tight (and I honestly don't even want to spend more than 200€ on a single part for my PC) and IPS is still not supposed to be for gaming (except high price/high quality products like the ones from Eizo) I think I'm better off with the iiyama.
    Big bonus: if it turns out to be not that good as expected I can always save up for a new one and use the iiyama in the living room (the monitor on that PC is quite old too).

    As for mice and keyboards: I think I'll stay with the Roccat Kone (but this time the XTD). I'm also still waiting for the Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB with brown switches to be released and for the first reviews (especially on the backlight, since the LEDs on the "old" K70/K90 are said to be of short life). Then it will either be the K70 RGB or the CM Storm Mech.

    A new X360 controller would be nice too (the d-pad isn't responding 1 out of 2 times) and a replacement for my netbook is on my list too..... xD

    I mostly know what I want (as long as I have at least some knowledge about it) but everything costs money :-P
    09-14-2014 07:25 PM
  22. Muessig's Avatar
    I think the k70 would work well, the led is inside the switch itself. I think brown switches would be great, I have red which are great in fps but a bit sensitive for normal typing.
    09-15-2014 12:39 AM
  23. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    I think the k70 would work well, the led is inside the switch itself. I think brown switches would be great, I have red which are great in fps but a bit sensitive for normal typing.
    When I first considered the K70 it appealed to me that it seems to be easy to clean^^ But the reports about failing LEDs (I expect a bit more quality from Corsair and a keyboard that costs 120-140€) and the rare availability kinda scared me off. Now with the LED issue being fixed with the new RGB series it seems like a considerable choice again.
    Not sure about the switches yet. Brown seems like a nice option since it will be my first mechanical keyboard and I want to know when the switch is activated (the haptic feedback).

    Damn you, expensive taste! *shakes fist* I'm really considering saving up for the Eizo xD The 5 year warranty seems like a nice thing to have (plus the great quality of Eizo products). I only hope my current monitor doesn't decide to die on me before I can buy a new one^^
    09-15-2014 01:15 AM
  24. Muessig's Avatar
    I can vouch for corsair quality, it's really good. I've had the k60 and 70 and they haven't Failed on me. The build quality is good, easily cleanable like you say. If you haven't had a mechanical keyboard before you're in for a treat. Once you go mechanical you don't go back.
    09-15-2014 05:04 AM
  25. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    I can vouch for corsair quality, it's really good. I've had the k60 and 70 and they haven't Failed on me. The build quality is good, easily cleanable like you say. If you haven't had a mechanical keyboard before you're in for a treat. Once you go mechanical you don't go back.
    The K60 is not an option for me (lack of backlight and proper wrist rest). It's between the K70 and Storm Mech for me and unfortunately it will come down to which one is easier to get. The availability here is terrible. The K70 was originally available in 3 different colors (black, silver, gun metal) with 2 backlight colors (red and blue) and 4 key switch types (red, black, brown, blue). The choice in my country is effectively zero. The prices for the K70 went up (the range is now ~120€ to 180€) and you don't can get the color/switch combination you wan't (but the same goes for the CM Storm Mech). This really bugs me. Right now you can only get the black one with MX Cherry Red, Brown and Blue (gun metal and silver, and black switches aren't available anymore). I don't know why Corsair a) didn't produce more and b) is delaying the release of the RGB version. The price speculations were insane too (some sources even said up to 180$ for the K95 RGB).

    But it seems like I have to delay the purchase of a new mouse and keyboard....kinda forgot over the summer break that I need a new laptop for university^^ My Acer Aspire One D257 is so slow now, it takes 20sec to open FireFox and even longer to load websites. Every other software takes forever to open. This might even delay the purchase of a new monitor. And with V-Sync/Adaptive Sync I'm not so sure about the Eizo Foris either (first monitors capable of V-Sync are rumored to be released in Q1 2015 and my GPU will get a driver update to support that standard.

    As much as I love PCs, right now I hate the hassle of choosing the right parts -_-

    Edit: I think the reason why my Netbook is so slow it because of the HDD. I just plugged in a USB thumb drive with Ubuntu 14.something and it runs way faster. Still kinda sluggish (it's an Atom CPU, duh) but the difference to Windows on the HDD is huge. Still, working on it would be tiring...
    Damn, I hate troubleshooting.

    Edit #2: Formated the netbook's HDD and installed Ubuntu 14.04. It's still not performing as fast as I would want it to, but it's more usable than with Windows 7 Starter (and that crappy Android 2.3.x multiboot partition). First time for me to actually install and use an OS other than Windows.

    Edit #3: Ditched Ubuntu and installed Mint. Cinnamon is a much better GUI than the one in Ubuntu. Didn't like that at all. Also, it seems like Mint runs faster than Ubuntu (especially FireFox).
    Last edited by QwarkDreams; 09-17-2014 at 03:43 AM. Reason: Netbook troubleshooting
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    09-15-2014 12:53 PM
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