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Do I see less of the game with 1680 vs 1920?

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November 21, 2011 1:17:29 PM

Hey guys, I was just wondering, do I see less of whatever game I play when playing in 1680x1050 vs 1920x1080? I have a 22inch 1680x1050 monitor, and I was thinking of upgrading my graphics card soon. I'm looking at something like the 560 ti or the 6870/6950.

But then, if I see less stuff on the screen coz of my current resolution, I was thinking I might as well upgrade my monitor while I'm at it. Thing is, if I do upgrade my monitor, I might as well get a more powerful card(like the 570 or 6970) so I can max out my games on 1080. That move would cost way more cash than I was gonna spend, but I'm willing to save up if it will up my gaming experience.

So would the increase in resolution mean I'd get to see more of the game world as compared to gaming in my current one? Would I see more of the battlefield in starcraft 2? Would I be able to see more things at once in Assassin's Creed?

Or is the difference negligible and not worth the extra cash?

Thanks in advance!

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a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2011 1:45:22 PM

Whether you use 320x240 or 2560x1600, you'll still see the same amount of the scene. The only difference is that you'll have more pixels per square degree with a higher resolution, resulting in a crisper, sharper image.
November 21, 2011 1:48:54 PM

In most games resolution is independent of the "viewport" ( the view of the virtual camera ) within the same aspect ratio. Depending on the game engine the viewport will be wider on 16:9/16:10 vs 4:3 monitors. However, in most cases the viewport just has more pixels in it.

TL DR
in most cases no
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a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2011 3:04:11 PM

Higher resolutions just increase the number of pixels, and therefore makes the images look better (less blocky, etc). The difference in performance between the 560ti/570 or 6870/6950 is significant but not night and day. I'd recommend upgrading your monitor and getting the best card that you can fit in your budget to go with it. You can either double up in SLI/Crossfire to improve performance or upgrade again down the road. When new GPU performance makes it worthwhile.

Your monitor will probably outlast all other components in your PC since it doesn't go obsolete like CPUs/GPUs. Show it some love with your budget!
a c 130 U Graphics card
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November 21, 2011 3:09:57 PM

I agree the monitor upgrade should be first, Image quality wise you will appreciate the difference even if you have to turn some other setting down a little.

Mactronix :) 
a c 84 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
November 21, 2011 4:16:37 PM

with some games you actually get to see more. Back in the day when Baldurs Gate 2 was released, I was running it happily at 1024*768, but then I saw it on my friend's huge crt at 1600*1200... o.0

but most modern games don't behave like that anymore (as others have already said)
November 22, 2011 2:47:23 AM

Ok, thanks for the reps. So if the diff would be the amount of detail and not the amount of stuff you'd see at once, my follow up question: Is there really a big difference between 1680x1050 and 1920x1080? Or is the difference not worth the new monitor+ gtx570 or 6950? Coz if the diff isn't that big, I could just get the 560 ti and save much cash. But if the diff really is worth it, I'd gladly save up for the switch :) 
a c 130 U Graphics card
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November 22, 2011 6:03:22 AM

I'm afraid the answer is subjective. I think that it is worth it. I honestly would not run a game at all rather than run it lower than 1080 now that I have a 1080 monitor.
My advice to you would be to go and see a 1080 monitor working in a shop and then you will have an idea of what the actual difference is.

Mactronix :) 
November 22, 2011 8:47:59 AM

awryt, thanks guys, really appreciate the help :) 
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