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What size monitor is the sweet spot?

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March 23, 2009 11:55:41 AM

Working a new build and I'm wondering what size monitor to get. So if someone in the know could explain the following points I'd greatly appreciate it.

- What is the current max resolution games support?
- At what size monitor do you need 2X GPU's
- Are the current/new games making use of monitors so big that they require 2X GPU's or is that overkill?

Thanks
a b C Monitor
March 23, 2009 12:13:53 PM

2560x1600 is pretty common in the new games. 1920x1200 is probably the 2nd most common max resolution. If you go back a ways you'll find games where it was 1600x1200.

All current monitors can be run with just one video card.
Whether or not you find the performance satisfactory depends entirely on what level of graphics quality you require in your games. A lot of people are not satisfied if they can't run a game at maximum quality and using AA/AF filters.

If you're unhappy with a game's performance at 2560x1600 you can always use a lower resolution - 1680x1050 for example - to get your games to perform better.
So - no - games don't "require" 2x GPU's - but you can be certain that some game players do. After all - why pay for a 30" monitor and use the gaming resolution for 20" monitor?

What size monitor to get is a budgetary question.
Can you afford the higher cost of a 24" monitor over a 22"?
If you go with 24" monitor will your gaming habits push you to get a 2nd GPU?
a b C Monitor
March 23, 2009 12:20:11 PM

A lot of people use performance charts like these to decide what graphics cards to choose:

More game charts here. And be sure to check out the hardware specs of the system used to get this level of performance.
March 23, 2009 5:00:07 PM

Sweet spot are the 1920X1200 monitors due to the price difference between them and the 2560X1600.
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