What's in the PC Gamer Rig this week?
There comes a time for every carefully selected component in the PC Gamer Rig when it's time to face the big screwdriver in the sky and prepare for replacement. If it's a part that's been a stalwart of the Rig for many months, I'll hunt around the most obscure of online retailers to convince myself it's still available before giving up and retiring it for something easier to come by.
Especially if it's something as important as the screen.
LG's IPS236V, the erstwhile panel of choice for our average gamer's system, wasn't to everyone's taste. A slightly flaky stand was only the start of its woes. The 23inch diagonal isn't huge by today's standards, when a massive 27inch screen will cost just a few pounds more.
The advantage of an IPS-type screen is that it produces better colours and viewing angles than even the best TN and MVA panels currently available. Before you point out that the cheaper eIPS screens use 6-bit colours and Advanced Framerate Control – AFRC – dithering to fool the eye into seeing more colours than they can actually produce, they're still better for colour accuracy in my experience.
The disadvantage is that TN panels can change state substantially faster. You'll see these listed as having 2ms grey to grey response times, while eIPS screens are more likely to be rated 6, 8 or even 12ms.
The controversial bit is how much difference those refresh rates actually make. Some people will argue that a 5ms or 8ms panel is unsuitable for gaming because of ghosting. They will join the fray in the comments below. As the owner of three IPS screens, I'd rather take the higher image quality over the chance of ghosting in high speed games. Especially when most new shooters turn on some form of motion blur to muddy the action in intense scenes anyway.
But I'm prepared to accept a certain amount of subjectivity here. Years of straining at brightly lit word documents and too many long raids may well have destroyed my ability to differentiate. Feel free to disagree with the choice of screen, and to recommend any others you feel strongly about.
As for the rest of the Rig, it remains unchanged. Although as prices have started to creep up on most components, next week I'm going to look at the relative value of graphics cards, and considering how much you'd really suffer by going for a Radeon HD6870 rather than the GeForce GTX 560Ti. After all, the Rig is supposed to be about good value gaming, isn't it?
What's in the Rig?
Intel Core i5 2500K
GeForce GTX 560Ti
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
Corsair Carbide 500R
OCZ ZS Series 650W
That's £9.02 more/£70.20 less than last week.