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March 29, 2010 1:42:20 PM

Hey guys

I thought i had made up my mind with getting an HD 5850 to replace my core 192 260GTX

But i started thinking what about a higher resolution monitor

I have a Samsung 21.5 1680*1050 and i want a 1920*1080

Will i notice that much of a difference in games(ie CODMW2, WoW, and more FPS/MMO's to come, Crysis)

And if so^ Will i see a big performance hit or not?

Thanks for your answers

Uber

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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 2:05:45 PM

if you are going to upgrade both your video card and monitor, then go monitor first
a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 2:18:46 PM

Games respond differently to different GPUs in different resolutions. Regardless, an HD5850 on 1920x1080 resolution should be able to run almost every game at maximum settings flawlessly. With a higher resolution, you'll be able to see more since you're given more pixels. But if you're planning to get a 1920x1080 monitor that is around the same size as your monitor now, it probably wouldn't be worth it. Go to your local electronics store and look at the monitors to see if you like the higher resolution.
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a c 140 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 3:29:39 PM

I have a 5870 ona 22" dell 1680x1050. It does really well and maxes most games. On 1920x1080 you might have to turn it down a little. It's a mixed bag because you could upgrade either first. Upgrading a monitor first would cause you to turn down your settings a little, but you would have a higher res and bigger display. If you upgrade the card first, you could turn up your settings.

I would probably upgrade the display first, because that is what you are looking at. You could live with turning down a few settings for a nice big clear picture.
March 29, 2010 5:17:49 PM

jay2tall said:
I have a 5870 ona 22" dell 1680x1050. It does really well and maxes most games. On 1920x1080 you might have to turn it down a little. It's a mixed bag because you could upgrade either first. Upgrading a monitor first would cause you to turn down your settings a little, but you would have a higher res and bigger display. If you upgrade the card first, you could turn up your settings.

I would probably upgrade the display first, because that is what you are looking at. You could live with turning down a few settings for a nice big clear picture.


Is there any size that you would suggest?

I'm now thinking of a 24 or 25 inch.

Uber

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a c 140 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 5:28:02 PM
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If you are going to get a 1920x1080 you better be looking at a 24" or above. 22" is nice at 1680x1050, but what's the use of getting a new monitor unless it is going to be bigger? You won't notice the res difference as much on a 22" as you would on a larger one. 22-"26" is really optimal for gaming, and at 1920x1080 I'd go with 24-26"
April 1, 2010 12:54:31 PM

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April 1, 2010 12:55:15 PM

jay2tall said:
If you are going to get a 1920x1080 you better be looking at a 24" or above. 22" is nice at 1680x1050, but what's the use of getting a new monitor unless it is going to be bigger? You won't notice the res difference as much on a 22" as you would on a larger one. 22-"26" is really optimal for gaming, and at 1920x1080 I'd go with 24-26"


Nice response. I appreciate the answer and suggestion

Im going with a 26 inch :D 

TIME TO GET GLASSES :p 

(i dont wear glasses btw)

Uber
a c 140 U Graphics card
April 1, 2010 1:13:09 PM

My buddy has a 26" at 1920x1200. It seems they are going away from this res for some reason and the 1920x1080 lcds are more plentiful. Either way it is a nice big screen to look at. Anything larger might be to much though. You don't want to physically move your head around for gaming.

Enjoy.
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