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June 23, 2008 7:07:29 AM

alright ima about to get my first paycheck and i feel like treating myself so i want a good display. I know some stuff but first i wanna consult the experts at Tomhardware forums. So i need some questions answered. I really really want a 30in lcd (im a resolution whore) but i also want picture quality so im looking at plasma but i think they only go up to like 1920 x 1080 or something. I really like the 16:10 resolution. So should i get the 30 inch or a plasma? if the picture quality of the plasma significantly better then ill get tat, but if its not tat much noticeable then ill get the 30 inch. What should i get?

PS. Does anyone know if the ATi 3870( i already have 1) can xfire with the 48xx series? im planning to get a 4870 so i would like to know. Also anyone know if their will b a 1gb version of the 4870?

thank you lots

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June 23, 2008 7:38:43 AM

What are you wanting to use it for? movies, or games?

Unfortunately I have got much experience of plasma screens but when it comes to LCD's a big screen is fine for watching movies where you are typically sat further from the screen, however for gaming use it turns pretty nasty with huge individual pixels that take away from the effects of AA in a big way.

For movies a big screen is the way to go, for gaming you have to balance large screen against image quality. the "best" image quality screens as far as pixel size goes is the 20" 1680x1050 screens.
June 23, 2008 7:37:37 PM

I totally agree with dtq, and yes you can xfire hd3870 and the 4870 but because 3870 has 512 mb 4870 will use only 512 mb as well regardless it has 1024 MB
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June 23, 2008 8:53:05 PM

You cannot X with the 3k and a 4k. Go do some research feren. Im pretty sure its been released in a few places. Besides why would you want to mix, in otherwords slow down, a 4xxx card with a much slower 3xxx card?

Plasmas are horrible as a monitor. LCD TVs are a little better. Buy a 30" LCD if you can swing it. If you cant swing it, buy a 24 or a 28.
June 23, 2008 9:05:10 PM

Hate to say it but 30" LCD monitors have a low pixel density which will make it look rather bad for gaming. The best pixel density for gaming is a 20" with 1680x1050. The lower resolution will not hurt the graphics quality, too many people think that more resolution will make the quality better, it does not. What makes the resolution either look good or bad is the pixel density, or the amount of pixels in any section of screen. This is why a 30" will look relatively bad for gaming, regardless of it's ridiculously high resolution. If you REALLY want to treat yourself then buy a nice 20" Non-TN panel true 8-bit monitor like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now that is a nice monitor. If you have further questions please feel free to ask me and you should also list what type of monitor you are using now and what you intend to do with it.
June 23, 2008 9:59:56 PM

oh what will i be using it for? everything! I hate the fact tat when i want to watch tv or play Wii i have to change to another BIGGER screen. Im not lazy to move i just want one universal Tv/lcd for everything. I already have a 22 inch lcd @ 1680 x 1050, is this resolution the best 4 games? i didnt know tat. Their has to be a solution 4 me...ok if my existing lcd is good enough, will xfired 4870s kick in at this resolution?
June 23, 2008 10:32:09 PM

Actually 1680x1050 on a 19" is the best resolution and 20" is a little more mainstream. Anyway your best bet would be to buy a 30" monitor from Dell, that should be adequate, since Dell makes one HELL of a 30" monitor.
June 24, 2008 10:16:10 AM

The_Blood_Raven said:
Actually 1680x1050 on a 19" is the best resolution and 20" is a little more mainstream. Anyway your best bet would be to buy a 30" monitor from Dell, that should be adequate, since Dell makes one HELL of a 30" monitor.


Bah 1680x1050 at 19" is nothing, 2048x1536 on 19" is how I like to play, thats some decent "pixel density", of course that requires some very obscure high quality display technology that has largelly fallen out of favour due to its less stream lined footprint...
June 24, 2008 7:24:19 PM

Ha is was referring to what can actually be bought on the market.
June 25, 2008 3:52:35 PM

sorry Blood_Raven, you did mention the Dell.
June 25, 2008 8:31:51 PM

The_Blood_Raven said:
Hate to say it but 30" LCD monitors have a low pixel density which will make it look rather bad for gaming. The best pixel density for gaming is a 20" with 1680x1050. The lower resolution will not hurt the graphics quality, too many people think that more resolution will make the quality better, it does not. What makes the resolution either look good or bad is the pixel density, or the amount of pixels in any section of screen. This is why a 30" will look relatively bad for gaming, regardless of it's ridiculously high resolution. If you REALLY want to treat yourself then buy a nice 20" Non-TN panel true 8-bit monitor like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now that is a nice monitor. If you have further questions please feel free to ask me and you should also list what type of monitor you are using now and what you intend to do with it.

You do realize that 2560x1600 on a 30" is higher density than either a 24" at 1920x1200 or a 20" at 1680x1050, right?
(though only barely in the case of the 20")

The 30" is the best choice, if you can afford it. I say go for the 30, though for true pixel density, I like 1920x1200 on my 17" laptop :) 
June 25, 2008 11:57:47 PM

^ or the 1920x1200 15.4" lappy I mentioned above. :) 
June 26, 2008 12:02:52 AM

LOL, check this out. I googled wquxga monitor, thinking I'd find a 30" with serious pixel density. lol, found this 22" top of the list. 3840x2400 on a 22" !!!!!

link: http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/monitors/toshiba-rolls-out-2...

edit: that's 42,356 pixels / sq. in., over 4 times a 30" 25x16 :ouch: 
!