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New 8800GT Old Viewsonic A90f+, time to replace?

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November 7, 2007 2:08:02 AM

I'll admit upfront I know nothing about monitors. Hence the question. I've had this monitor for a number of years, it still works great, but I know that technology out dates old equipment fast. I keep my tower up to date with new cpus, memory, etc. I've just ordered a new nVidia 8800GT to replace my old 7800GT. So how is this old thing holding up? Do the increased resolutions of the larger monitors really make that much of a graphical difference? Is a 19" monitor running 1280x1024 still a respectable standard in gaming?

Should I think about replacing it with a new monitor? If so, what's the best on the market right now for the ~$200 range?

[note] This is a repost from the CRT monitor forums and doesn't really belong here. But that forum is a ghost town and I just want some solid advice before I let this post die.

Thanks
November 7, 2007 7:46:31 AM

MacPJ said:
Is a 19" monitor running 1280x1024 still a respectable standard in gaming?

Should I think about replacing it with a new monitor? If so, what's the best on the market right now for the ~$200 range?

[note] This is a repost from the CRT monitor forums and doesn't really belong here. But that forum is a ghost town and I just want some solid advice before I let this post die.

Thanks


The 20" and 22" LCDs look good now, giving a resolution of 1680 x 1050. Widescreen 19" monitors provide 1440 x 900. That seems to be where most people with the newest midrange to high end cards are gaming at nowadays.

Considering the prices range from $178 for an Acer model at 1440 x 900 to $319 for a 22" Viewsonic at 1680 x 1050 at Newegg, it's a good time to switch, which is what I plan on doing with my income tax refund.

I'm also stuck with two Viewsonic CRTs, an A70f+ and an A71f+. I game at the not very "respectable" 1024 x 768 @ 85hz or 1280 x 1024 @ 60hz. When I get an 8800GT for one PC and an X3870 for the other, then I'll match monitors to get the optimal resolution for the framerates I want.

You could check out benchmarks for the 8800GT and see what resolution gives you the framerates you want in preferred games, and then buy a monitor based on those specifics. Viewsonic had the best CRTS, but I don't know if LCD technology is more equal between the various companies. I've read that most use panels from the same manufacturers, but response and other features might make a difference too.
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