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9800 gx2 or gtx280 ??? 22 inch or 24 inch ??

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June 18, 2008 1:42:34 AM

hello guys, ive been reading forums for one month now, im going to build a new system, what i wonder is, shall i buy a 22 inch monitor and hence run all games ( like AOC and crysis ) in max settings and full AA, AF or do i get a 24 inch monitor and wait till a good card comes out? i just want to play AOC and crysis like games with max settings and full AA, AF. how much of a difference in gaming experience will the monitor cause ?? i mean will it be sooooo much fun with 24 inch monitor( at 1920 1200 res) or will it be that ill get used to a 22 inch monitor (1680X1050) and enjoy the games at its max resolution and highest settings, cos i think the max resolution for 22 inch monitors is 1680 X 1050 and todays top cards can give me good framerates at this resolution even with max settings and AA, AF. money is not an issue for me, im willing to spend around 2k on this rig, just that i dont want to spend all this money and get disappointed over the performance.
any help is appreciated. thanks in advance guys.
June 18, 2008 2:30:29 AM

Gx2 outperforms gtx280 overall, but at higher resolutions, gtx280's 1gb ram has an advantage, compared to gx2's 2x512mb.
June 18, 2008 3:09:33 AM

You want a 24" for either one of those cards, but a 30" would be best.
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June 18, 2008 3:26:15 AM

Um a 9800 GX2 and GTX 280 should be great for a 24" monitor.
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June 18, 2008 3:45:28 AM

baddad said:
You want a 24" for either one of those cards, but a 30" would be best.


I would recommend an SLI setup for 30" LCD. monitors.

Assuming you are playing at native resolution, a 30" LCD has about 78% more pixels to push than a 24" LCD monitor; 132% more pixels than a 22" LCD monitor.
June 18, 2008 3:56:10 AM

thank you all for your suggestions. but how much will the gaming experience differ if i play on a 22 inch monitor than 24 inch monitor? will 24 inch monitor be way better than a 22 inch monitor??
June 18, 2008 4:23:45 AM

not to mention expensive, and humungo, how far back would you have to sit, and at the rez, ull need to fork over butloads of doe
June 18, 2008 4:39:26 AM

pravin_babar_01 said:
thank you all for your suggestions. but how much will the gaming experience differ if i play on a 22 inch monitor than 24 inch monitor? will 24 inch monitor be way better than a 22 inch monitor??

A 24" monitor has full HD capability, 1080p. Dude, if you can afford a GTX 280 or 9800 GX2 you should be able to afford the extra $200 for a 24" over a 22". The extra resolution does make a difference. Its so much prettier!
June 18, 2008 4:47:56 AM

oh, thank you very much , i think ill go for 24 inch monitor then, so i gotta wait for 4870x2 to avoid disappointment. i dont think a single gtx280 or 9800 gx2 will be enough for me to play at 1920X1200 resolution with max AA, AS. i did say that money is not an issue, but spending another $650 for another gtx 280 would be foolishness. id rather wait, i think you might agree
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June 18, 2008 4:57:16 AM

I'd go 22". 1680x1050 is much easier on your card and will allow you to run with more of the details kicked up. It will look sharper then a 24" playing the game at the same rez. Plus if your a real multitasker you can get 2 nice 22" monitors for the price of a single 24 and come out with more screen space overall
June 18, 2008 7:27:22 AM

i didnt get u. 2 monitors ? more screen space ?? like how ??? do we keep the screens side by side or what?
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June 18, 2008 7:43:36 AM

yeah you keep them side by side. you then use windows extended desktop. you can have one thing going on one monitor while doing a something else on the other. Applications can be dragged from one screen into the next.

with direct 3d apps you may have to put them game into windowed mode. but again it works out great if you really multitask. I like to have media center showing TV on one screen while playing a game on the other.
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June 18, 2008 7:45:32 AM

oh windows extended desktop comes with windows. Just thought i'd add that in case you we're wondering.
June 18, 2008 7:48:29 AM

PsyKhiqZero said:
I'd go 22". 1680x1050 is much easier on your card and will allow you to run with more of the details kicked up. It will look sharper then a 24" playing the game at the same rez. Plus if your a real multitasker you can get 2 nice 22" monitors for the price of a single 24 and come out with more screen space overall

The GTX 280 and 9800GX2 are meant for those high resolutions, that's where they shine. No point in getting them if you happen to be running at 1680x1050. And it will not necessarily look sharper just because the details are turned up... honestly, what looks better. 1024x768 with settings cranked, or 1600x1200 with most settings cranked? Dude, higher resolution is **** sweet. End of story. As much as I enjoy dual monitors, the OP is asking whether he should get a 22 or 24, not whether he should get a 24 or dual 22s. Go with the 24.
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June 18, 2008 8:07:26 AM

My answer is 22. I made that clear in the first 2 sentances. The OP did ask me to elborate on my dual monitor side note. He did also post a price limit so 2k which when you include the screen is not alot so I feel dual monitor was worth mentioning in the first place.

While games my run fine now at 24" resolutions doesn't mean a good game won't come out that will require him to scale the resolution back a bit.
And when performance starts to become an issue I will take shader effects over higher resolutions any day.

Assuming the average 24 is 500, either of the cards doomturky suggested would only leave 900 for the rest of the system. This leads me to believe he'd be better off getting a 8800gt and waiting for the next round of cards.
June 18, 2008 8:23:56 AM

24" is best, if ur gonna use 30" get the gtx 280 FTW!
June 18, 2008 8:55:06 AM

thank you all for your suggestions
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