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Well, Hubby's monitor offically displayed a "death-knell" of sorts last night ... the colors are beginning to fade and the images are no longer centered ... so I can no longer delay the inevitable.

I received some advice here in EE that I can find LCD monitors for 200 bucks or less.  I have checked pricegrabber.com, pricewatch.com, and newegg.com and haven't found anything even remotely close to this price.

Can anyone recommend a source, or a link, or some other way to research LCD prices?  (Or, better yet, just point me toward the model or company where you bought *yours*.  <G>  For once, I'd like to know that I got a decent deal.)

Thanks in advance!

Deanna   ;-)
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by:stretchsp
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Tigerdirect.com  

This is the monitor section of the website.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/category_tlc.asp?id=12
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by:waffleironhead
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try www.pricewatch.com
it will allow you to find best price out there for your purchase
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by:DeannaRV
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I tried pricewatch.com and couldn't find anything under 350.

I also tried TigerDirect, and they do have some cheaper LCDs there.  I should have stated that I'm actually looking for a 17" monitor.  I got my 15" last year for 400 dollars.  I keep wondering why prices haven't come down faster since LCDs are SO much nicer than regular displays.

Any more suggestions from the Peanut Gallery? <g>

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by:sppalser
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The LCD market is pretty hot right now.  Everybody wants one so the demand is high thus the prices will remain somewhat high for awhile (much like the laptops vs desktops market) until the demand for the LCD levels off or begins to drop.  Just keep checking the prices and watch your sunday newspaper ads because the retailers will regularly lowball items to get people into the store, but be prepared to be an early riser, these deals are usually gone within a few minutes of store opening.  Also watch the rebates, take advantage of them when possible, which by the way may be the only way to get the price down as low as you want.  Most of the rebate programs are OK just a little slow.  

But it never fails, when you don't need one you can find them cheap all over the place, but when you really need one there is not a sale to found within the civilized world.

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by:stretchsp
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Bestbuy.com has some 17" flat panel monitors for under $200
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by:sppalser
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In looking at the Best-Buy website it would appear that there may be some confusion on the term "Flat panel" which is usually associated with "LCD monitors and the term "Fat Screen" which is usually associated with "CRT Monitors" here.  I noted that Best buy has "Flat Screen CRT" monitors for less than $200 but the cheapest "LCD Flat panel" looks to be $269 for a 15" and price goes up from there for 17".
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by:stretchsp
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my mistake I meant to have written flat screen monitors.  Different from flat panel
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by:GamerXXX
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Hello Deanna,

Sorry to put a "stop-payment on your reality-check", but you already had your answer before you asked.
You found the best prices for LCDs you are going to find.
$200 for 15" LCD, and $320 for 17" LCD are rock-bottom prices right now.(Unless you find one that "fell off a truck") LOL
Normally I would suggest you put your $$$ into a 19" CRT ($140), but your needs are probably more spacesaving than video performance in nature.
From a gamer's point of view, CRTs still offer better high-end video (flicker-free) performance, and have round pixels (less jagged) as opposed to LCD's square "pixels".
Is hubby a gamer?
If not, my recomendation for you is to buy him a $200, 15" LCD and sell it later when you can afford a 17" LCD.
Look for LCD prices to drop alittle more in the next year, but don't expect them to drop as much, or as fast as they did last year.
Oh, before I go, I forgot to ask what size is his old monitor?
If he's had a larger (19"+), he might not be satisfied with a smaller monitor.

Well I know this wasn't the answer you were looking for, but I hope it helps you make your final decision.
Good luck!
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by:JesusFreak
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As for pricing, GamerXXX is right.
For a better/full comparison of LCDs and CRTs, go to:
http://www6.tomshardware.com/display/20020114/lcd-03.html
Just my two cents.
Take care and God bless.
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by:DeannaRV
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Hubby currently has a 17" monitor, so that's why I'm trying to stay with that size.   Anything bigger than that will be too expensive.

Another question:  should I look for one that is digital AND analog?  I don't believe his current video card (integrated into the motherboard) will support digital.  Of course, I might upgrade his system at some point and then will have digital capability ...

Ahhh, decisions, decisions ...

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by:DeannaRV
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Also forgot to mention that Hubby is NOT a gamer -- but is a CPA and runs apps with lots of teeny little numbers. <g>
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by:DeannaRV
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Well, I ended up buying a new 17" Dell monitor from eBay ... not the best price, or the best monitorr, either (no digital inputs), but I needed one pretty fast!!

So ... now my question is, who gets the points, seeing as I took all your input and ended up doing something different anyway?   Should you all get a little piece of the 100 points, or would that be too insignificant?  I like to reward those who help, but I don't want to insult anyone, either!!

I welcome any final suggestions!!

D.   ;-)
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by:GamerXXX
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Sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner.

Seems you fooled us all. lol
You never mentioned you would consider taking a chance on a used monitor...
Hope you got a really good deal.
My neighbor's DELL LCD monitor started acting up right after the warranty ran out. (Murphy's Law)
Let's hope you have a much better experience.

Anyway, about the digital/analog question.
If/when you upgrade to a video card with only a digital connection, all you will need is a DVI to VGA adapter to keep using the monitor.
I bought one made by Belkin at CompUSA for under $25, and it works great for my second VGA monitor.
Now they are selling them on the CompUSA website for $14.95. Online order only.

I'm sure nobody is gonna be petty about what you do with your points.
What matters is you got the advice you were looking for and you (and hubby) are happy with your new monitor.
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by:DeannaRV
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Hey, GamerXXX:

Didn't mean to fool anybody!  That wasn't my intent.  I know you meant it as a joke -- but now I feel like Dorothy after she squished the Wicked Witch of the East with the house! <LOL>

FWIW, the Dell I bought is new, not used -- has a 3-year warranty (1 year replacement, 2 & 3 are parts only).   I more than likely could have gotten a better deal if I'd had more time to shop around, but I really was under the gun to get one quickly.  I also REFUSED to pay 50 bucks for shipping.  I hate getting a great bargain and then having someone gouge me on S&H costs.  Grrr!

Anyway ... I greatly appreciate the info regarding the DVI adapter.  Right now Ken doesn't have that capability so the monitor will serve him fine.   What is interesting to me is that MY computer DOES have that capability, plus a good graphics card -- yet I found no discernible difference between analog and digital output on the monitor.  (Who knows -- I might have the thing set up wrong or something.  I just know I spent a lot of extra money for digital capabilities, and my eyes can't see any difference!)

So ... again, I appreciate all your ideas and advice!  Cross your fingers for me that the Dell doesn't croak on me the day after the warranty expires.  (That happened with my Plextor CD-RW a few years back, and was I ever MAD!)

Deanna   ;-)
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by:DeannaRV
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To all following this question:

I will be requesting a refund of points on this question, since I ended up going in an entirely different direction than originally planned ... <G>  So far the Dell LCD I bought is working fine.  Cross your fingers for me that I made the right choice!

If anyone has any problem with this, let me know!  I do appreciate all the advice I got, and hope nobody is offended with the choice I ended up making.

See y'all around!

Deanna   ;-)
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by:DeannaRV
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Hi, Netminder:

Since this question has been sitting unlocked for a week, I guess it's safe to assume we can close it.  I accepted your comment as the answer to get your attention (too lazy to post another question linking to this one -- hey, it's been a long day <GG>).  If you would refund the points to me, I'd be most appreciative!

EE Admin has its privilege, doesn't it -- as well as its headaches!   <GGG>

Thanks in advance,

Deanna   ;-)
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DeannaRV,

Right idea; wrong tactic. If you'd posted, I'd get a notification. By accepting the answer, though, I'm not supposed to delete. Oh, well.

I've refunded your points, however.

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