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Potential build - what size monitor should I look for?

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May 4, 2008 11:46:28 PM

Hi all,

It's long past time to replace my current (horrendously outdated) system. I think I'm nearly ready to order, but I'm having trouble deciding on a monitor, so I have two questions about the build that follows:

1. Is the proposed system good bang for the buck, or are there some swaps I should make to get better performance or better future-proofing? I was hoping to get a Q9450, but can't find them in stock anywhere, so I ended up settling on an E8400 for the time being.

2. What resolution can this machine reasonably handle in modern games not beginning with "C" and ending with "rysis"? Should I be looking at 20"-22" (1680x1050) monitors, or would a 24" (1900x1200) be a good buy? And any suggestions for good LCDs I should investigate?

Following is the current plan. I'll be dual-booting Vista and Ubuntu.
  • CPU: E8400 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115037
  • Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813128059
  • Video: 8800GTS 512 (whichever brand is the best deal at the time I order)
  • RAM: 2x2GB DDR2 800 (again, whichever brand is the best deal)
  • HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822136218
  • Case: Antec P182 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811129025
  • PSU: PC Power & Cooling S610EPS EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817703005
    ...plus a dvd burner, 2.1 speakers, keyboard, mouse, and, as mentioned before, I need to pick out a monitor.

    Thanks for any help or suggestions you can provide!

    May 5, 2008 2:20:36 AM

    You probably won't want to be running Crysis at full resolution because of the low framerates you will get on high or medium/ high. So the choice is up to you, and if I had the choice, I would say bigger is better. But many people would disagree. Flip a coin or something.
    May 5, 2008 2:28:07 AM

    Most games would run great with a 22" 1650x1050 screen with the 8800GTS.

    What monitor to get depends on your budget.
    For around $300 you can get a good Samsung 22" screen (Touch of Color).
    For around $500 you can get a Samsung 245B (24" 1920x1200).
    More 24":
    Dell 2408 FPW
    Samsung 245T
    HP 2465
    If you like to watch movies I recommend the 24" screen (FullHD).

    Recent review of 24" screens :
    http://www.anandtech.com/displays/showdoc.aspx?i=3302
    !