However, its recommended resolution is 1920 x 1080. This would put more stress on a gfx card and give lower frame rates while gaming. So, my question is if I reduce the resolution on the monitor to 1680 x 1050, will I get the same frame rates as playing an actual 1680 x 1050 monitor? Will the gfx be distored? Am I better off buying a 1680 x 1050 monitor?
What graphics card do you have? You cannot reduce the resolution to 1680x1050 from 1920x1080, as the first is 16:10 and the latter is 16:9, if you set it to 1680x975 it should give you the same frame rates with no issue. Or you could just drop the settings a slight bit and get your frame rates back up to playable levels.