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Hi all.

I currently run a MSI Optix MAG322CQR monitor.

I am currently interested in perhaps upgrading due to a recent issue I have noticed which is weird colour smearing when playing games like farthest frontier etc. from my searching it's just a downside of a VA panel.

Is there any suggestions on an upgrade for this? I am UK based and ideally would love to keep my budget below £400 or near to. I am not interested in OLED but I really appreciate vibrant colouration in my games. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I would be looking for 4K higher refresh rates or 1440p higher refresh rates and it will need to be 32".

My current panel seems to be highly rated so I find it hard to let go if it's just a good monitor
 
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It's a good monitor
The smearing as you found out
Is a downside of a VA panel

Going to be a personal choice
Whether it's annoying you enough to spend £400
Or not though
I'm happy to spend £400 to try and resolve the issue as long as I don't end up with a worse monitor of that makes sense? My gripe with it is that when side scrolling on games like farthest frontier the colours shift. Especially noticeable in autumn where the dominant colour is orange and red. It will go from a natural autumn colour to a radioactive orange with smearing and it's kind of a major eyesore honestly. I assume my options are oled and IPS but oled I concern over burn-in as I play a lot of settlement games and RTS with static GUIs. My concern with IPS is what's going to be a good one for a reasonable price that I won't be giving up so much over my current monitor. I know LG has some high credit for good screens with excellent colour (though I'm after vibrant more than realistic/accurate)
 
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oled will be out of that price range anyway
though dell do offer warranty against burn in
not sure any other company does

yes not being able to see in person
definitely makes life harder

just spent £500 recently on a mini led
which should be next best thing to oled
but lot cheaper
and to be honest about it
i dont see a great difference from my previous
gigabyte ad27qd which is now my 2nd monitor
its better but not 500 quid better
so can see what your worry is
part of its probably because windows and proper HDR
which this mini led is capable of
proper HDR just doesnt seem to work well on windows

if theres a particular monitor interests you
i recommend youtube reviews by monitors unboxed
 
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oled will be out of that price range anyway
though dell do offer warranty against burn in
not sure any other company does

yes not being able to see in person
definitely makes life harder

just spent £500 recently on a mini led
which should be next best thing to oled
but lot cheaper
and to be honest about it
i dont see a great difference from my previous
gigabyte ad27qd which is now my 2nd monitor
its better but not 500 quid better
so can see what your worry is
part of its probably because windows and proper HDR
which this mini led is capable of
proper HDR just doesnt seem to work well on windows

if theres a particular monitor interests you
i recommend youtube reviews by monitors unboxed
Yeah, it's rough lol. I have watched many of their videos recently trying to decide but I don't seem to be able to process the information they provide for my own benefit.

Example when he discusses contrast ratio, clearly my VA panel is the winner 3000:1 is better than 1000:1 but does that mean that the colour rendering is superior (I don't mind blacks not being black as I game next to a marine tank that glows bright blue so my eyes bleed lol).

Does that kind of contrast make games more vibrant? Will I be able to get lost in those bright lush orange hues or crispy whites of the snow as well as my current screen? I think I just lack the general screen performance knowledge, or atleast what it means for me.
 
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yeah and everyones eyes are different too
what one person likes another may find not to their taste
me i actually dont like the very "black" blacks of my mini led
if playing a game in a dark area lol

is 3000 to 1 better than 1000 to 1
on paper yes
but to your eyes?

if oled really dropped prices
then yeah
i was soooooo tempted by the dell 34 inch oled
but at around a grand it was just too painful
saw it at £740 black friday so they definitely have leeway
to lower the price all the time

guess i am as indecisive as you
when it comes to monitors lol
so many models as well as a few technologies to pick from
just makes it harder
 
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yeah and everyones eyes are different too
what one person likes another may find not to their taste
me i actually dont like the very "black" blacks of my mini led
if playing a game in a dark area lol

is 3000 to 1 better than 1000 to 1
on paper yes
but to your eyes?

if oled really dropped prices
then yeah
i was soooooo tempted by the dell 34 inch oled
but at around a grand it was just too painful
saw it at £740 black friday so they definitely have leeway
to lower the price all the time

guess i am as indecisive as you
when it comes to monitors lol
so many models as well as a few technologies to pick from
just makes it harder
It's a hard choice to make lol.

I think I might get the LG, if I don't like it my partner can have it as she's looking to upgrade from a 1080p screen so I guess 2 birds one stone lol
 
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I see the LG 32gp850 but is that even a good monitor Vs my current one? I don't have anywhere to go and look at one in person which is why I'm finding it difficult to figure out
I have the LG Ultra Gear 32GN600-B 165Hz 1440P and love it, stupidly cheap off here on OCUK and IIRC you can spend £100 more and get a nanoIPS version...
If mines very good for a VA then the NanoIPS should wipe the floor with it, and meets your budget :) win win! I use a vesa mount on mine as I'm tall and like having it eye level/adjustable, IIRC the only mild moan with them was the stands, but doesn't effect me and my vesa stand/foot cost me £20-35 off ebay so who cares at that point :)
 
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good thinking lol
happy wife ,happy life :)

the lg gets good review from hardware unboxed

yeah i have bought B grade monitors from ocuk
mine were perfect
still using the ad27qd as second monitor
it arrived still with plastic on it

you can also make an offer thats lower
than on the website on B grade

though only 90 days warranty from ocuk
some manufacturers may honour the full warranty length
based on serial number
but you cant rely on it
i know in the past acer did with me
the monitor was a present from a friend who died
so i had no way to get the receipt
but they agreed it had to be less than a certain age
due to serial number

though adding B grade into the mix
may confuse you even more :cry:
 
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Excellent, well I think that 32gp850 it is then between the suggestions above and the 2 birds one stone.

Cheers all!
As I said above when linking it, I have the VA version and it is VERY good for a VA, so you'll LOVE that nanoIPS version and for that price you cannot say no! Just get a nice vesa foot/stand for it if you're picky like me or tall like me haha and you're set!
Enjoy!
 
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As I said above when linking it, I have the VA version and it is VERY good for a VA, so you'll LOVE that nanoIPS version and for that price you cannot say no! Just get a nice vesa foot/stand for it if you're picky like me or tall like me haha and you're set!
Enjoy!
Thank you for the help, I hope I do but if not I can still make use of it! :) I'm sure I'll probably love it, I've wanted an LG monitor for many years but just never been the right time haha
 
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Thank you for the help, I hope I do but if not I can still make use of it! :) I'm sure I'll probably love it, I've wanted an LG monitor for many years but just never been the right time haha
You're very welcome mate, glad I could help.
I wanted mine last year and bought a 165hz 1080p 27" AOC which was awesome but knew I should have listened to myself and gone 1440p 165hz 32" from the start haha!
 
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yeah and everyones eyes are different too
what one person likes another may find not to their taste
me i actually dont like the very "black" blacks of my mini led
if playing a game in a dark area lol

is 3000 to 1 better than 1000 to 1
on paper yes
but to your eyes?

if oled really dropped prices
then yeah
i was soooooo tempted by the dell 34 inch oled
but at around a grand it was just too painful
saw it at £740 black friday so they definitely have leeway
to lower the price all the time

guess i am as indecisive as you
when it comes to monitors lol
so many models as well as a few technologies to pick from
just makes it harder

I picked one up for £660 and its still available now on their site as well as another big online retailer. Well worth it tbh!
 
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Yeah I saw on dells website and Amazon for that price, but I can't justify OLED for my games lol

Ooof i was like that for ages, probably a year and a half? Now that im finally on it, just wow especially in HDR for games, it's such a tremendous upgrade compared to my VA panel. Even more so cos i still have 2 VA panels next to my QD OLED on either side which makes the VA's look so dull and grey in comparison.

I only wish i had jumped on it sooner tbh.
 
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