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March 31, 2013 11:54:25 AM

I'm used to playing some games on 800x600 (yeah, sad I know). So needless to say I will be making a huge upgrade. I've seen 2540x1600 (?) - should I shoot for this?

Is this dependent on the graphics card and video card? If so, I'm looking at a 7970 card, and seems like most people recommend a 20'' monitor. Curious if I can get that high resolution.

Thanks.
March 31, 2013 12:00:07 PM

leinad7 said:
I'm used to playing some games on 800x600 (yeah, sad I know). So needless to say I will be making a huge upgrade. I've seen 2540x1600 (?) - should I shoot for this?

Is this dependent on the graphics card and video card? If so, I'm looking at a 7970 card, and seems like most people recommend a 20'' monitor. Curious if I can get that high resolution.

Thanks.


Hey just make sure you play on 1920 1080 resolution.....nothing less than that
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March 31, 2013 12:03:11 PM

the card will work fine even most setting got crank up with that resolution though it depending on the game. just don't go crazy with things like AA :p 
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March 31, 2013 12:13:26 PM

I do not even know if they sell 20 inch monitors at 2540x1600, but it would be kind of pointless at that small screen size.

For monitors 1080p is good for 24 inches and smaller, and for 27 inch monitors and above 2540x1600 is preferred. Depending on the person some might say 27 inches is to big for 1080p or pushing it. I use 27 inch 1080p and it's as high as I got for a resolution.

Also, 2540x1600 may hurt your FPS quite a bit compared to 1080p. With higher resolution though you will require less Anti-aliasing so that's a big plus since that a feature that significantly hurts FPS when enabled.

So going for a 1080p 24 inch monitor with 120hz or 144hz will be better for gaming if you do a lot of fast paced action games like shooters. If you skip out on 120/144hz you can also get an IPS monitor which provides better colours.

Higher resolution monitors are also a bit more expensive as well, and not many good ones.
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March 31, 2013 12:19:46 PM

Hello, I think you dont need 2540x1600 this is only if you have really huge screen. All gamers play at 1920x1080 FullHD no need more then this.
Secondly i have 7970 Lightning its really amazing gpu it runs all. Buy a 23x or 24x Screen it best option.
If you have some uncertainty on GPU see this video. This guy plays BF3 on ultra at 2540x1600 with single 7970 and has great framerates and awesome experience.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz0y0A4Pwr8
He has a lot more video at 2540 x 1600 but 1920x1050 is plenty 7970 will max it out.
Hope it helped! Please select my answer. :) 
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March 31, 2013 1:14:17 PM

Big screen is one thing, optimal resolution another.
For all I can say - I have 24" monitor, I game at 1920x1080, and I find it annoying as hell when I can tell individual pixels apart at ~1.5m... So I guess, next time I'll buy a monitor I will go for the highest possible resolution at the lowest possible size /minimum 20"/...
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March 31, 2013 1:36:49 PM

edogawa said:
I do not even know if they sell 20 inch monitors at 2540x1600, but it would be kind of pointless at that small screen size.

For monitors 1080p is good for 24 inches and smaller, and for 27 inch monitors and above 2540x1600 is preferred. Depending on the person some might say 27 inches is to big for 1080p or pushing it. I use 27 inch 1080p and it's as high as I got for a resolution.

Also, 2540x1600 may hurt your FPS quite a bit compared to 1080p. With higher resolution though you will require less Anti-aliasing so that's a big plus since that a feature that significantly hurts FPS when enabled.

So going for a 1080p 24 inch monitor with 120hz or 144hz will be better for gaming if you do a lot of fast paced action games like shooters. If you skip out on 120/144hz you can also get an IPS monitor which provides better colours.

Higher resolution monitors are also a bit more expensive as well, and not many good ones.


Alright, sounds like I should go for a 1080p monitor, which is generally around 22-24'', with 120hz or 144hz. Any recommendations on this would be awesome, otherwise I'll look around. And then play at the 1920x1080 resolution.
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March 31, 2013 5:46:44 PM

Excellent, thanks for those. Let me just say - OUCH! Those sure do put a hamper on your budget. Was aiming for sub $200. Either way, good to know where my end-goal is (FYI, last two links were the same).
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