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1920x1200 vs 1080p for gaming/movies

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September 23, 2010 8:16:56 AM

So I am planning to get a new monitor but im not sure whether i should get a 1080p or the 1920x1200. I mostly use my comp for games/watching
I currently have a 470gtx though I will possibly swap to an ati xfire within their next 2 gens.
My mobo doesnt have sli (890fx chipset) so 2x470s is a no go.

Would my 470 be good enough to still play new games at max graphics at 1920x1200 or would i be better off getting a 1080p screen.
Also what would better for watching movies (dvd's and bluray)

I currently have a 1680x1050 monitor so im used to the 16:10 ratio. chances are i will be using dual screens when i get the new one also.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance
September 23, 2010 8:29:21 AM

Blu-rays is in 1920x1080, so buying a monitor with a larger resolution, will only make a difference if it is a bigger monitor.

check out this artice about the gtx470 for benchmarks.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-480,258...

but what cpu do you have?as a slow cpu could be a serious bottleneck.
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September 23, 2010 8:53:51 AM

^ Bottleneck. Man, that word has been haunting the past few days.

The problem with buying a 1920x1200 these days is that it's so limited. The mainstreaming of "Full HD 1080p" monitors have nearly put 1920x1200 into extinction. Obviously, the 1920x1200 will carry more pixels for more usage space and better clarity, especially in games. If you play movies on a 1920x1200 monitor, you'll deal with black bars on the top and bottom, or you can scale the monitor to 1920x1080 and deal with minimal scaling issues.

If you're used to 16:10, stick with it. Also, a GTX 470 at either resolution is no problem.
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September 23, 2010 8:55:39 AM

i got a 1090t @ 4.0ghz. i know a bit about parts n such but not so much when it comes to screens.
so if it was 1920x1200 there would be black bars at the top? cause im used to that anyway.
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September 23, 2010 9:05:38 AM

scrice said:
i got a 1090t @ 4.0ghz. i know a bit about parts n such but not so much when it comes to screens.
so if it was 1920x1200 there would be black bars at the top? cause im used to that anyway.



Yes, for 1080p videos. I don't mine them either. However, watch out for the prices on 1920x1200 monitors. Manufacturers have been trying to sell them as if they were some sort of "premium," ridiculously jacking up the prices. Go look at the general price range of the 1080p monitor size you're interested in and then try to find a 1920x1200 in that range.
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September 23, 2010 11:16:31 AM

awesome thanks for the advice. last things
will it make much difference with 5ms response vs 2ms? my current screen is a samsung 206bw.
a 1920x1200 i found is a samsung 2443BW (90% sure its that one anyway)
as i was gonna go with a 23/24 inch
led vs lcd wont make much difference will it as im not too worried about power (470gtx, why would be :D )
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September 23, 2010 11:44:22 AM

Not all movies are 16:9. For example, The Dark Knight is 2.35:1 aspect ratio therefore even on a 1920 x 1080 monitor you will still need to deal with black bars.

There are several aspect ratios used in the film industry amongst them are 16:9, 1.85:1, 2.35:1 and 2.4:1. Ben Hur was shot in the extremely rare 2.76:1 aspect ratio.

Personally, I prefer 1920 x 1200 monitors. I do own one 1920 x 1080 monitor that is connected to my HDTV which I use to sometimes monitor processes from time to time, now only a couple of hours a week.
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September 24, 2010 11:30:09 AM

so no one can say anything about my last 2 Q's? ah well
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September 24, 2010 11:30:39 AM

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September 24, 2010 5:54:50 PM

I cannot notice the difference between 5ms and 2ms, but some "extreme" gamers swear that it makes a difference. If you're not as serious a gamer, I think you'll hardly notice any difference between the two.

LED is also a visual preference. You'll have to go to a store to see if you like an LCD with LED backlighting versus the traditional TN panel LCD. To me, it is noticeable that the blacks are darker and whites are brighter on an LED LCD, but I think this type of advantage is saved more for television use rather than video games.
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September 24, 2010 7:19:42 PM

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