I need to replace my monitor and am looking for some advice. I've currently got a 27" Apple cinema display (1440p, IPS), which is a decent monitor but unfortunately it needs to move to a different room to be hooked up to a mac mini. Usage is 70/30 gaming to general productivity. I would love to get one of the upcoming super-duper 4K 144hz HDR monitors due out this year, but I'm not interested in spending $2000 (or more), so I need to make some tradeoffs.
The 2 general categories of monitors that I'm targeting are: 27" 1440p, and 32" (maybe slightly larger?) 4K. I'd like to avoid TN panels if possible -though if someone can convince me that they're fine I'll listen - and I'm also not interested in 21:9 "ultrawide" monitors. (I've seen enough of them at Microcenter to decide that I really don't like that aspect ratio - gives me vertical claustrophobia just looking at them) . Where things get interesting is when you start factoring in the key features that add to the cost: adaptive refresh (gsync/freesync), HDR, and high refresh rates. (greater than 60hz)
Of those features, which are the ones that you think are more/most important? Are high refresh rates (such as 144hz) really that big of a deal, or is adaptive refresh better if you could only pick one? (etc, etc). Thanks for any advice!