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August 9, 2013 3:20:05 PM

I'm building a computer with an amd fx 6300 and a radeon 7850. So that I can get better fps in games I plan on getting a 1366x768 native monitor. Will games look bad on this monitor? do I need something better?

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August 9, 2013 3:27:18 PM

They won't look bad, you'll just get less detail, a little less field of vision maybe, but it won't look bad. With a 7850 though, you should be able to get 30+ fps on high to very high settings with a 1920x1080 monitor though (in most games).

Go look through this article to see what you can expect to get with your 7850 playing popular games at higher resolutions:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5625/amd-radeon-hd-7870-g...
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August 9, 2013 3:36:37 PM

i had a 768p monitor and the games wouldn't look bad if there was 2xMSAA atleast
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August 9, 2013 4:04:15 PM

Jaxem said:
They won't look bad, you'll just get less detail, a little less field of vision maybe, but it won't look bad. With a 7850 though, you should be able to get 30+ fps on high to very high settings with a 1920x1080 monitor though (in most games).

Go look through this article to see what you can expect to get with your 7850 playing popular games at higher resolutions:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5625/amd-radeon-hd-7870-g...


I don't need my game to look absolutely beautiful I just don't want it to look bad, and also I plan on playing lots of demanding games on this monitor: arma 3, battlefield 4, and planetside 2. Besides the fact that i probably can run these games on high with 30 plus fps on a 1080p monitor, I want to get the best fps I possibly can and even if I do get a 1366x768 monitor, I probably won't end up playing my games on high settings just for the sake of fps. My question here is for someone who is used to 720p on this ps3 will the graphics on games with said settings be bearable?
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August 9, 2013 4:26:11 PM

I play games on my Lenovo Y470 which has a 1366x768 resolution screen and graphics looks fine to me.

However, if you are going to play games at 1366x768 resolution on a 1920x1080 resolution monitor and have the graphics stretched to fill the screen, then you will loose a bit of quality and sharpness. This is because a LCD monitor has a fixed number of pixels so if you were to stretch lower resolution graphics to fill a higher resolution screen then you will need to deal with something called pixel interpolation. The same thing happens when trying to fit a higher resolution image on a lower resolution screen; however, shrinking higher resolution to fit lower resolution does not look as bad as the other way around. An example would be watching a 1080p movie on a 1600x900 or even 1366x768 resolution screen; it won't look very bad at all.

Pixel interpolation basically means the monitor guess where to place a pixel on the screen and if it is not in the right spot, then it can cause the image as a whole to look a bit fuzzy. For example, suppose you play a game at 1366x768 resolution on a 1920x1080 resolution monitor. The pixel at position 343x478 is supposed to be red on a 1366x768 screen, but on a 1920x1080 screen pixel position 343x478 is in a different location with respect to everything else. The monitor then interpolates (or "guess-timates") where that pixel should be on a 1920x1080 resolution screen. Three pixels may be needed to represent that single pixel. This in general causes images to look a bit fuzzy especially for edges or the boundaries of the images.

This is somewhat of a difficult concept to explain, but hopefully my post helps you understand more than it confuses you.
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August 9, 2013 5:40:42 PM

i used to have a 1440x900 monitor, while games did not look bad, going to a 23" 1920x1080p monitor the difference was amazing.
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August 9, 2013 7:34:00 PM

jaguarskx said:
I play games on my Lenovo Y470 which has a 1366x768 resolution screen and graphics looks fine to me.

However, if you are going to play games at 1366x768 resolution on a 1920x1080 resolution monitor and have the graphics stretched to fill the screen, then you will loose a bit of quality and sharpness. This is because a LCD monitor has a fixed number of pixels so if you were to stretch lower resolution graphics to fill a higher resolution screen then you will need to deal with something called pixel interpolation. The same thing happens when trying to fit a higher resolution image on a lower resolution screen; however, shrinking higher resolution to fit lower resolution does not look as bad as the other way around. An example would be watching a 1080p movie on a 1600x900 or even 1366x768 resolution screen; it won't look very bad at all.

Pixel interpolation basically means the monitor guess where to place a pixel on the screen and if it is not in the right spot, then it can cause the image as a whole to look a bit fuzzy. For example, suppose you play a game at 1366x768 resolution on a 1920x1080 resolution monitor. The pixel at position 343x478 is supposed to be red on a 1366x768 screen, but on a 1920x1080 screen pixel position 343x478 is in a different location with respect to everything else. The monitor then interpolates (or "guess-timates") where that pixel should be on a 1920x1080 resolution screen. Three pixels may be needed to represent that single pixel. This in general causes images to look a bit fuzzy especially for edges or the boundaries of the images.

This is somewhat of a difficult concept to explain, but hopefully my post helps you understand more than it confuses you.


In that case I'll get a monitor that is native at 1366x768. Thank you for the information by the way.
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a b C Monitor
August 9, 2013 10:32:18 PM

That is very subjective. But I use 1280x1024 and it is plenty of resolution
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August 10, 2013 1:20:52 AM

smeezekitty said:
That is very subjective. But I use 1280x1024 and it is plenty of resolution


it is subjective. back in 1997, 800x600 was plenty of resolution.
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a b C Monitor
August 10, 2013 10:16:17 AM

Back in 1985 320x200 was enough
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August 11, 2013 12:48:07 PM

chexmixx23 said:

In that case I'll get a monitor that is native at 1366x768. Thank you for the information by the way.


Before buying a 1366x768 can you check out how 1366x768 resolution may look on a higher resolution monitor at a friend's place? It might not look too bad especially on a 1600x900 resolution monitor since the graphics will not be stretched too much.

While, I think 1366x768 is fine for games, I find that resolution to suck for everything else (except watching movies/videos). When not playing games, I like seeing as much as I can on the monitor. 1366x786 resolution gives you a small desktop meaning you can only fit so many "things" on the desktop. A 1600x900 or 1920x1080 resolution monitor will give you more desktop space to work with.

My Lenovo Y470 (1366x768) is only 2 years old and it can still play games decently with the GT 550m, however, I plan on replacing it with a laptop at least a 1600x900 resolution, but preferably 1920x1080. Not sure how much of a priority I will place on games though. I might just rely on Intel's HD 4600.
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August 11, 2013 1:05:49 PM

jaguarskx said:
chexmixx23 said:

In that case I'll get a monitor that is native at 1366x768. Thank you for the information by the way.


Before buying a 1366x768 can you check out how 1366x768 resolution may look on a higher resolution monitor at a friend's place? It might not look too bad especially on a 1600x900 resolution monitor since the graphics will not be stretched too much.

While, I think 1366x768 is fine for games, I find that resolution to suck for everything else (except watching movies/videos). When not playing games, I like seeing as much as I can on the monitor. 1366x786 resolution gives you a small desktop meaning you can only fit so many "things" on the desktop. A 1600x900 or 1920x1080 resolution monitor will give you more desktop space to work with.

My Lenovo Y470 (1366x768) is only 2 years old and it can still play games decently with the GT 550m, however, I plan on replacing it with a laptop at least a 1600x900 resolution, but preferably 1920x1080. Not sure how much of a priority I will place on games though. I might just rely on Intel's HD 4600.


my current laptop is native at 1366x768 and I don't think too little desktop space is an issue. Also I hate clutter so I probably will keep desktop icons and such to a minimum anyway. But if you think a 1600x900 will be better I'll look into it and see which one will work out better
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August 11, 2013 7:00:18 PM

chexmixx23 said:


my current laptop is native at 1366x768 and I don't think too little desktop space is an issue. Also I hate clutter so I probably will keep desktop icons and such to a minimum anyway. But if you think a 1600x900 will be better I'll look into it and see which one will work out better


I'm just giving you opinion based on my preferences. I prefer higher resolution to get more desktop space. However, if you prefer lower resolution, then that's fine. But I do suggest looking at 1600x900 just to get the feel for it. Either way, what's important is that you buy a monitor with a resolution that you feel is right for you.
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August 11, 2013 8:13:00 PM

jaguarskx said:
chexmixx23 said:


my current laptop is native at 1366x768 and I don't think too little desktop space is an issue. Also I hate clutter so I probably will keep desktop icons and such to a minimum anyway. But if you think a 1600x900 will be better I'll look into it and see which one will work out better


I'm just giving you opinion based on my preferences. I prefer higher resolution to get more desktop space. However, if you prefer lower resolution, then that's fine. But I do suggest looking at 1600x900 just to get the feel for it. Either way, what's important is that you buy a monitor with a resolution that you feel is right for you.


yup, I appreciate all the help and I will see if anyone I know has a monitor native at that res so I can see what it looks like
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