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24 or 22 inch LCD w/ my 8800GT

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March 15, 2009 11:50:10 PM

I am looking to upgrade my LCD, I currently have a 17inch but want either a 22inch or a 24inch widescreen.

I'm worried though that the 24inch resolutions (1920x1200) will blow away my 8800GT (512MB) in games.

Would do you think, will by 8800 run okay on a 24inch, or should I play it safer and get a 22inch and run at 1650x1050?

Anyone have an 8800GT that runs 1650x1050 no sweat?

Thanks!! Don't want to spend a few hundred on a 24 only to find I need to spend a few more on a new video card (wife would KILL me)..... hehe

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March 15, 2009 11:54:50 PM

umm what games are you going to be playing? in general I would say that 1680x1050 is going to be the maximum playable resolution for an 8800gt or 9800gt by my standards, I have a 9800gt and a 22 inch monitor and tend to play @ 1440x900 so I can have 4xAA.
March 15, 2009 11:56:52 PM

um i have a 8800GT and i run at 22'

1680x1050

that i would say is max for it.
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March 16, 2009 12:51:52 AM

The 8800gt is rather getting old.... It'll handle most games out there at playable settings up to 1680x 1050 i would say, but 1920 x 1200 would bring the 8800gt to its knees. I would stick with the 22" monitor or upgrade the GPU and to the 24" monitor.
March 16, 2009 1:09:28 AM

Thanks guys, this really helps.

I can't really afford a 24inch for $300-400, then $100-$200 on a new video card, yikes! :o 

I'll likely buy the monitor at a retail store, maybe BestBuy, as I'd like to be able to return it easily for any reason if I don't like it. There's an 22" LG for $239 right now (10K contrast, 2ms..) that I will likely get. The 24inch version of same monitor is $399.

I've been on a 17inch, non-widescreen, 1280x1024 LCD for the past 4-5 years, the 22inch should seem MORE then enough for me. :) 
March 16, 2009 1:27:01 AM

It all depends on whether or not you demand to have AA and maxed settings. If you're like me, having a bigger screen is worth lowering some settings, and living without any AA, but I haven't had a current gen, high end card since...ummm.... ever, so I don't mind playing without maxed settings. Personally, anything that looks as good as FEAR is plenty good to me.
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March 16, 2009 3:10:50 AM

It depends on how demanding you are in term of graphics quality.

I'm using a 1900XT 512MB to play Fallout 3 @ 1920 x 1200 with medium quality.
March 16, 2009 3:24:02 AM

I would recommend a 24". A monitor will last you a long time, and you can play at a lower resolution if necessary.
March 17, 2009 10:45:38 PM

Thanks guys. Geez this is expensive... I was thinking of buying the Acer X243Wbd 24", but it's online only, GRRR..

Managed to pull some specs from NewEgg (discontinued there), looks decent enough. Price is good, $288.

24" WS
Resolution 1920 x 1200
Viewing Angle 160°(H) / 160°(V)
Pixel Pitch 0.27mm
Display Colors 16.7 Million(6Bit+HiFRC)
Brightness 400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 3000:1 ACM
Response Time 5ms
Display Type WUXGA

I'd really like to just purchase one at a store tho. Maybe CompUSA (tiger) or Brandsmart...
March 17, 2009 11:32:54 PM

I would also recommend a 24"

The logic being that a monitor lasts you far longer than a graphics card does, so it makes sense to cater the GPU to the monitor, rather than the monitor to the GPU. You might be mismatched for a little bit, but 1 year down the road you will likely have a shiny new GPU, but still using that same monitor, so you might as well make that monitor a good one that you'll enjoy.
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