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January 20, 2010 3:07:30 PM

I'm working on a new build and trying to decide on a monitor. I'm coming from a very old system that uses a low resolution and I'm confused about higher resolutions. I originally was going to go with a monitor that had a 1920x1200 resolution, but someone yesterday recommended to me a monitor that has a 1920x1080 resolution. I'm mainly a gamer and I want the best visuals possible.

Wouldn't the lower resolution 1920x1080 be inferior to the 1920x1200 resolution monitors because of less pixels on screen?

I don't really know much about these resolutions and what they may look like.

Any help greatly appreciated.


monitors I am looking at (open to suggestions of others, looking for at least 24"):

Monitor: 28" Hans-G $309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 20, 2010 3:28:06 PM

1920 x 1080 is 16:9 ratio
1920 x 1200 is 16:10 ratio

Since gaming visuals are your goal, I would go with the 1920 x 1200 as more pixels are generally a good thing.

Since I don't really game and do mostly multimedia, I went with the 1920 x 1080 as the highest resolution I need to support is 1080P HD content.
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January 20, 2010 3:29:07 PM

It's the difference of 16:9 to 16:10 ratio. 1920x1200 is more common, so I'd just go with that.

Also, nice ninja there, AMD.
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January 20, 2010 5:45:06 PM

1920 x 1080 tends to be a little cheaper which is probably why that guy recommended that resolution. These monitors are becoming more common than 1920 x 1200 monitors.

Personally I prefer 1920 x 1200 for a PC monitor, the additional 120 rows of pixel allows more viewing area.

I do have a 1920 x 1080 monitor that is connected to my HTPC which is also connected to my HDTV. Since I clone the desktop on both HDTV and monitor, getting a 1920 x 1200 monitor would have meant 120 wasted rows of pixels. Plus since it's only being used 0 - 5 per week something cheap was suffucient.

On the plus side, since a 1920 x 1080 monitor has about 10% fewer pixels than 1920 x 1200 monitor, there could be a 5% - 10% gain in frame rates.
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January 20, 2010 6:16:52 PM

presse1 said:
monitors I am looking at (open to suggestions of others, looking for at least 24"):

Monitor: 28" Hans-G $309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
By far the best monitor for the performance and value. I would not even bother looking at any other monitor, you will be hard pressed to find a better one than this Hanns-G.
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