Recently, i got a 21.5 in. Acer Widescreen LCD monitor as my 10 year old small CRC Dell monitor was getting old. Since I switched to a higher resolution, my games started slowing down a lot and lagging like crazy. i was wondering if my graphics card was just getting to old and not to powerful for the new monitor. Is my thinking correct?
here is my build right now for my current computer:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Intel Pentium E2200 @ 2.20GHz
Conroe 65nm Technology
Cpu isn't great but the slowdown in performance he's seen has been caused by the upgrade in Res, he's probabaly gone from 1024x768 or 1280x1024 up to 1080p, which will have a devastating effect on an 8800GS with a 384mb frame buffer.
OP In answer to your question, yes the new monitor has caused your issue - a new gfx card will bring you back to similar levels of performance as you had before on the old screen, at your new res.
A gtx460 would be a good choice, try to clock your cpu up to 3.0ghz as others have said.
You can also just play games at a lower resolution, but it won't be as pretty. Same thing for movies, etc.. just set the screen resolution to lower, or get a new video card and CPU. More RAM is also good, another gig or 2 won't hurt, but after CPU and Video card upgrade is done.