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What resolution? 1050 Or 1080?

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November 1, 2010 10:59:26 PM

Hi, I'm planning on getting a new monitor this holiday season :D  I'm stuck between getting either a 1680 x 1050 monitor or a 1080p one. I know 1080p will stress my graphics card more but are the extra pixels worth it? Also I was looking at a monitor with a LED back light, it seems like it should be much better than the average 20" LCD that I have right now this is it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Look alright? If i were to get a 1680 x 1050 monitor it would be a 22" ACER, so kinda plain. Thanks for reading.

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November 1, 2010 11:36:03 PM

I would go 1080. I too just recently upgraded to 1080 and love every minute of it. My graphics card can barely handle it, but it's a minor inconvenience for the bigger real estate.
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November 1, 2010 11:38:30 PM

I'd say go 1080p. You can never go wrong with higher resolution and it helps make your setup a little more future proof. Plus you can always lower the resolution if you're not happy with the performance.
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November 1, 2010 11:41:51 PM

If you're going to watch movies it's worth it to get 1080p, I don't really notice that big of a difference in games myself so if you only care about gaming the 1680x1050s are a better value and will be easier on your 5770.
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November 1, 2010 11:55:32 PM

Thanks for the replies, I'm still kinda undecided because I don't want to lose that much performance with 1080, but there aren't any 1680 x 1050 monitors that have a LED back light. @Jpmeaney, how does 1080p make my setup more future proof? @bdcrlsn you GTX 260 can barely handle 1080?
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November 2, 2010 12:32:40 AM

Yeah, not quite sure why, but in games like Call of Duty 4 and Fallout 3, I average 25-30 FPS. I like having AA and AF, but had to disable it to be playable. I was planning on upgrading soon anyway ;) 
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November 2, 2010 12:59:48 AM

Hmm well i found a 1600 by 900 display, its only 20" which is the same as the one i have now just less pixels. BUT it has a LED back light which is meant to make it look a lot better than the one i have now. Out of this page http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... Out of these which ones would you pick? Im looking for $150 or less and not 1080p
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November 2, 2010 10:27:16 PM

Also how many games support 1600 by 900? Its a weird resolution.
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