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November 29, 2011 7:26:59 PM

Hey, so i recently just got paid, and i'm not sure what to do, either upgrade my monitor or my graphics card.

Currently, i have a HD5770 and a cheap UMC brand LCD ~20" 1080p monitor.
I have my desktop set at 1280x720 though, because when at the full 1080p, objects and text appear to small. In games its set at 1600x900.

Basically i just want a few opinions on what i should get.

Thanks.
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November 29, 2011 7:49:01 PM

You should be able to zoom on text. LCD's are best image wise on their native resolution so I would say GPU.
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November 29, 2011 7:51:35 PM

yeah, i suppose there is always the zoom, but on some internet pages, the quality of images and youtube vids for example isn't fantastic =/
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November 29, 2011 7:53:31 PM

Hi there! Welcome to the forums.

I think a GPU ugprade is in order. You should have the monitor set at it's native resolution, because it will always give the best image.
Have you messed with DPI settings? This will keep the resolution the same but enlarge the appearance of everything. I'd look into it.

You definitely need a new GPU for gaming at 1080p.
What is your CPU? What about RAM? Have you thought about popping in an SSD?

Sorry to bombard you with questions.

Hope this helps! :p 
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November 29, 2011 7:53:57 PM

It does not help running the monitor on none native resolution for a clear image since it does not fit the pixel count.!
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November 29, 2011 7:55:52 PM

You mean DPI?
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November 29, 2011 7:59:52 PM

No, i haven't really messed about with the DPI, ill take a look at that.

CPU and RAM wise i think im ok, currently got a Phenom II x4 955 BE, and 4gb OCZ DDR3 @ 1600mhz. An SSD would be a luxury, but don't really want to invest in one atm.
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November 29, 2011 8:01:51 PM

Dots Per Inch = pixels per inch
"DPI measurement in monitor resolution

A less misleading term, therefore, is pixels per inch. Video displays are almost universally rated in dot pitch, which refers to the spacing between the sub-pixel red, green and blue dots which make up the pixels themselves. Monitor manufacturers use the term "dot trio pitch", the measurement of the distance between the centers of adjacent groups of three dots/rectangles/squares on the CRT screen. Monitors commonly use pitches of 0.39, 0.33, 0.32, 0.29, 0.27, 0.25, and 0.22 mm."
(borrowed from Wikipedia)
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November 29, 2011 8:09:51 PM

yeah, i should clarify :p ... by 'got paid' i mean i got birthday money on top of things, so got a bit to waste on myself
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November 29, 2011 8:12:44 PM

Modern games need a more powerful card for 1080P resolution, time to enjoy it. The rest of your rig is fine.
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November 29, 2011 8:20:10 PM

ok cheers, think you've helped me make up my mind :D  GPU it is. Thanks for all the replies, they helped quite a bit ;) 
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November 29, 2011 8:22:01 PM

Best answer selected by aiden2211.
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November 29, 2011 8:22:16 PM

1080P is 1920 x 1080 resolution.
On a 20" monitor at native resolution, text will look very small.
Zoom can help up to a point.

I Think I would get a larger monitor 24" to perhaps even 27".
Game on that, and keep the 20" monitor attached for extra display space.

The 5770 is already a capable card.
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November 29, 2011 8:30:38 PM

mmm....a friend has also given me similar advice^^. Think i will end up having to get both upgrades it looks like...
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