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Is 1280x1024 (or 1280x720) gaming good on 20 inch LCD ?

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May 23, 2010 12:45:07 PM

I'll buy this system

CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 925 2.8 GHz
GPU : ATI HD5770 1GB
RAM : PATRIOT 4GB 1333 MHz

I'll play games on 20 inch LCD?

Can i play it on 1280x1024 or 1280x720? (Will it look bad ? very bad ? )
a b U Graphics card
May 23, 2010 1:17:31 PM

20' LCD 16:9 Native resolution is 1600x900, If you play at less resolution it will look good still.
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May 23, 2010 4:27:36 PM

Your system is great, don't worry about your resolution... :) 
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a b U Graphics card
May 23, 2010 6:00:39 PM

I have a 20" Monitor and when I tried games on 1280X720 it still looked good(Though it looked the best on native resolution,i.e. 1600X900)

But you don't have to worry about that, your Card is sufficient to max out games at that resolution :) 
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May 24, 2010 12:30:26 AM

Yup, your system is good enough. I have almost the exact same specs as you and im running a 20 inch monitor.
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May 24, 2010 5:59:40 PM

Thanks for the answers guys

i was thinking about changing my monitor (before buying that system)

there is one more question..

System
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CPU - - - AMD Phenom II 925 X4 2.8 GHz
BOARD - - - MSI 785GM-E51
RAM - - - Patriot 2 GB 1333 MHz (X2)
GPU - Sapphire HD5770 1GB GDDR5 128 BIT
HARDDISK - SEAGATE 500GB 7200.12 BARRACUDA
CASE - - - - AKASA ZEN 450W 2x12CM FAN

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

AUDIO SYSTEM - CREATIVE INSPIRE T3130 2.1
MONITOR - - - 20" INCA 820A-DVI - 2MS - 1680x1050

Price is good- And there is a philips 19" monitor - same price.That is DVI too but 5 ms and 1440x900 native resolution.Is that worth changing?)

If i buy that philips monitor will i be able to play games good on 1280x720 or 1280x1024?

(PHILIPS 19" 190CW9FB)
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a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2010 6:06:31 PM

Good yes, at 1280x1024, and even at 1440x900.

Before the monitor I have now, I had an 19'' monitor, you should know that it is 16:10(the best ratio for gaming). The 5ms is something you should not be concerned with, as you wont see any differences over one with 3ms/2ms.

Also note that the 20'' is 16:10 too, so the only thing you will be able to notice, is that the 20'' monitor is bigger than the 19'' one :^^.

On both monitors you can choose 1280x1024 witch is a 16:10 resolution, and will look good.
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May 24, 2010 6:21:52 PM

i got it.Actually i dont want to buy 19 inch.But there is no 20 inch Samsung,LG,Philips monitor in Turkey.I am suspicious of that brand (Inca). (I am using 15" CRT now :D )
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a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2010 7:15:52 PM

CRT, good days ^^. Well, here some info.

16:10(intended for gamers):

19',20',22'...

16:9(Intended just to not see tiny black bars at the top and bottom when playing movies)

18'5,21'5,23'...

You could go for a 22' if you can find one, they are hard though..Very similar in price, hope you find what you need.
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May 24, 2010 8:41:16 PM

Did i understand right?

Movies are playing on 18.5',21.5 and 23' without black bars?

But they are playing on 19',20',22' with black bars?

And if you say "if you want.. buy analog or dvi.. it doesnt matter" then i would buy Asus 22" but that is not dvi.


Or i would buy this ?

PHILIPS 19" 190CW9FB (19' and DVI - 2 ms - Native Resolution : 1440x900 - Contrast : 1000:1 - DC : 12.000:1)

And there is a function like this "Changing 4:3 to Wide Screen with one touch)
http://www.vatanbilgisayar.com/products_images/500x500/...

I am totally confused .. What do you say?

Edit : If i buy that philips , how will games look on native resolution and non-native resolutions ?
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a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2010 9:08:18 PM

burak9393 said:
Did i understand right?

Movies are playing on 18.5',21.5 and 23' without black bars?

But they are playing on 19',20',22' with black bars?

And if you say "if you want.. buy analog or dvi.. it doesnt matter" then i would buy Asus 22" but that is not dvi.


Ok, let me explain myself. The aspect ratio 16:9, is the resolution the hd content uses as, 1280x720,1366x768, 1920x1080. Those resolutions are 16:9, witch in a 16:9 monitor you will see full screen, while 16:10 is a bit more tall vertically than the 16:9, witch when seeing hd content a black bars will show up at the top and bottom to fill that extra tall versus the 16:9.

Don't worry, you will see the same as a 16:9 monitor but with 2 non harming black bars(To be honest, I loved the bars, and I miss them ^^)

Let me explain further for better understanding:

With a 16:10 monitor, if you choose a resolution of 16:9(1280x720,1366x768, 1920x1080) while gaming in full screen, you will see everything stretched.
While if you instead choose 16:10 resolution witch are:
1280x800,1440x900,1680x1050, you will see the screen perfectly. And of course vice versa ^^.

VGA or DVI. I only had VGA monitors, and to be honest, everybody says that there is no improvement if you go for DVI so...

Don't hesitate to ask if you didn't understand something or want another question.


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May 25, 2010 12:41:09 AM

I forgot say that 20' monitor can work 75 Hz.Is that better than 60 Hz?.

15' crt that i am using now is working on 85 Hz.I changed it 75 Hz.It suddenly hurt my eyes.Colors changed and everything was sharper.

I watched a few video on Youtube about monitors refresh rates -- and there are really diffrences.Maybe i can use it on non-native resolutions with 75 Hz or higher.
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a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2010 4:38:24 PM

I have always worked with 60Hz, so I don't really know how to answer that.(in high res probably you won't be able to surpass 60Hz anyways).
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