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Would upgrading my monitor get me a perfomance increase in gaming?

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Anonymous
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May 15, 2010 12:30:55 AM

hi, i am considering buying a 22"Acer P225HQbd monitor as the monitor im currently using is an analogue 19inch TFT Limited to a resolution of 1280 x 1024 and i was wondering if i would see a big perfomance increase in gaming and such from upgrading to this acer monitor using the system spec detailed below,


thanks for any advice given :) 



AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 3.20GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail

Asus M4A89GTD PRO AMD 890GX

Corsair 4GB (2X2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit

Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 5670 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

FSP Everest 600W Modular Power Supply

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache

NZXT M59 Mid-Tower Windowed Case

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
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May 15, 2010 12:50:58 AM

Welcome to the forum. Actually your performance in gaming will decrease :( . I would still recommend getting a new monitor however your framerates will likely decrease as the graphics card will have to power more pixels. The biggest upgrade you could do to counter this would be to get a new graphics card.
Anonymous
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May 15, 2010 1:08:08 AM

jbakerlent said:
Welcome to the forum. Actually your performance in gaming will decrease :( . I would still recommend getting a new monitor however your framerates will likely decrease as the graphics card will have to power more pixels. The biggest upgrade you could do to counter this would be to get a new graphics card.



Thanks :)  ... my pc at the moment feels like it has a lot lot lot more to give and i guess i really should have asked would i see a big increase in detail from games rather than performance if i upgrade my monitor , will the monitor be locked at 1920 x 1080 or is that just the maximum i can scale up to?

ive only had the system built a week or so , so dont really at this moment want to be upgrading the graphics card.. fifa10 gta iv far cry 2 and the like feel like they could be stepped up a bit in resolution because they run really really smooth... is there a lot more detail to be had in these types of games ? or am i chasing something that isnt there ? :S
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May 15, 2010 1:10:48 AM

That is the maximum, you can always run games at a lower resolution for better performance if necessary. A larger monitor doesn't really increase the quality of the games, but it does improve the experience - it's more immersive mostly.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 15, 2010 1:28:03 AM

The larger monitor gives you more screen space so you can see the game world better while still having all of your health bars, meter, quickslots, etc on the screen. It is a huge improvement to move from 1280x1024 to 1920x1080, but you also probably want the 1080 monitor to be at least 22 inches or the words and numbers can get kind of small, and not all games let you scale the interface.
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May 15, 2010 2:35:02 AM

Monitor size and gaming performance have no "direct" relation.

For example:

Your 19" monitor playing a game in a 1280 x 1024 window will get exactly the same frame rates playing the same game on a 22" monitor in a 1280 x 1024 window. What dictates performance is how many pixels your system (primarily the GPU) can push around.

A 22" can have a native resolution anywhere from 1600 x 1000 .... to ..... 3840 x 2400. So if you play both full screen at native resolutions, the frame rates will decrease on the larger monitor only because it's displaying a higher resolution. Set the resolutions the same by playing in a window and performance is the same.

A better example would be at 1920 x 1200 which is available as follows:

15.4" @ 1920 x 1200
17" @ 1920 x 1200
22" @ 1920 x 1200
23" @ 1920 x 1200
24" @ 1920 x 1200
27" @ 1920 x 1200

All 6 of those monitors will have the exact same frame rates on the same GFX card.
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May 15, 2010 3:03:54 AM

^ Obviously... He did mention that it was 1920x1080.
Anonymous
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May 15, 2010 4:37:07 AM

so things potentially look a bit sharper and not so stretched at higher resolutions but if i max out the settings on 1920 x 1080 i could find games unplayable unless i upgrade the graphics card but i could always try to find an optimal resolution to suit my want for eye pleasing detail without compromising to much on frame rate .. just got a feeling im playing games in the dark ages and missing out on things playing them in 1280x1024 :p 

thank you for all the information and advice :)  much appreciated
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May 17, 2010 7:41:55 PM

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.. just got a feeling im playing games in the dark ages and missing out on things playing them in 1280x1024

Pretty much. Once you get a larger widescreen monitor, you will find it very difficult to play on a system with a smaller/lower res screen.
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