GPU + monitor upgrade

BUDGET RANGE
GPU: 150 - 240$ USD
Monitor: 450-500$ USD

USAGE: Gaming and movies

SYSTEM SPECS

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93 Ghz
Motherboard: Asus P5QPL-VM EPU
Memory: OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Platinum 4GB Edition Dual Channel
Graphics: Gigabyte HD 4850 512MB GDDR3
OS: Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

OVERCLOCKING: CPU is overclocked but can't go over 3.52 Ghz due to motherboards failure on having an option to change the FSB : DRAM ratio to 1:1 so the CPU stays at 3.52 Ghz as for the GPU I would like it to have overclocking software like the one I have now does if not its not a problem I can do it the old way but I need it to be as overclockable as it can be (I really like tweaking things :wahoo: )

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the very far future when I change motherboard (very far future not considered as an option now)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Now here's the real deal now I'm using a 21 inch screen which was pretty comfortable with max resolution at 1440x900 so my graphic card could fully support it, but my auntie gives me as a gift for going to university a new monitor which I'll choose and I'm going to spend alot of money on that probably around 450-500$ USD and I would also like you to give me advises on what monitor to choose, like how many inches (regular tv 32" or no) best resolution for gaming and movies.
I've seen 1920x1080 being a popular resolution for HD movies, 1920x1200 supported by many graphic cards of my budget and I've seen that my budget supports 2560x1600 (MSI R5770-PMD1G for example).
So would it be better buying for example a 32" monitor with 2560x1600 resolution and a graphic card with that resolution or an 26" monitor with 1920x1080/1200 resolution and a graphic card with that resolution because my system may choke on the 2560x1600?

Thanks in advance for your help!!!!
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  1. well with the budget you put out you are not going to find a 30 inch monitor that does 2550x1600.. Your best bet is to go with a 1080p monitor if you plan on watching alot of movies. If you want a large monitor the best bet is to get a small tv those do 1080p and will fit into your budget.
  2. 2560 x 1600 monitors starts at $1,000 and simply goes up from there. Also they only come in 30" size.

    Your HD 4850 can handle gaming at 1920 x 1080, but it is considered somewhat weak now for that resolution as newer games becomes more demanding.
  3. What is your PSU? brand? model?
    $240 for only GPU/Monitor or both?

    HD4850 might struggle at 1920x1080.
    For about $200-ish you can get GTX460.

    I think you wouldn't need 26" monitor, just 24" is just enough (well if you ask me).
  4. Nice gift you gonna get.. I'd recommend going for an IPS panel monitor.. My recommendation is the HP 2475W.. For the video card, your budget can get you a GTX 460 1GB which will be awesome..

    On a second note, if you could mix up your purchase budget then you can get a more powerful video card at the cost of a TN panel based LCD/LED monitor..
  5. wa1 said:
    What is your PSU? brand? model?
    $240 for only GPU/Monitor or both?

    HD4850 might struggle at 1920x1080.
    For about $200-ish you can get GTX460.

    I think you wouldn't need 26" monitor, just 24" is just enough (well if you ask me).


    PSU: OCZ Z Series 650 Watt

    As for the monitor I 've seen the 24" and the 26" and I believe 26" suits my needs more.

    On a second note I wanted to ask in case I get a 1920x1080 monitor and a 1920x1200 GPU and vice-versa would that be bad for perfomance?

    Also my main concern is if my CPU will be able to handle the new GPU or not because of the overclocking problem so it would be great if someone could tell me if my cpu would slow down the system or not.

    Also 450-500$ USD goes for the monitor and 150-240$ USD goes for the GPU
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