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Last response: in Overclocking
November 25, 2012 1:50:22 AM

Say i got myself a 1920x1080 monitor, but did not get a GPU that can handle that resolution on high detail.

Could i play a game in a lower resolution (say1680x1050) still in full screen mode? or would it go to a window like it does when i play in 800x600 on my 1024x768 monitor right now?

May be a n00b question, but i'm a n00b so it is fitting lol.


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November 25, 2012 2:33:23 AM

Yes, you can play games at full screen mode for pretty much any resolution. (hell, most games lets you "stretch" 800x600 or 1024x768 resolutions to fit the 16:9 screen (making it look stretched out in the process lol)

The problem is that when you play at lower resolutions, it can led to pixel stretching (like one pixel taking up two or three physical pixelso n the screen)

EX: if you're playing at 720p on the 1080p resolution, more jaggies will appear since there are roughly 360 vertical and 640 horizontal lines being stretched to cover the entire screen.

So basically it would look worse than a 720p monitor of the same size if you play on 720p on 1080p monitor...

and by downscaling, you mean upscaling a lower resolution to a higher resolution screen.
November 26, 2012 6:33:48 PM

it dont take much of a card to handle 1080p. you can pick up an nvidia 650 for around $100, and it should play skyrim, full settings at 1080p with a decent frame rate.