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Would you choose a new monitor over GPU?

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December 2, 2011 10:08:34 PM

evening, just interested in what you guys would choose between either a full hd monitor ( upgrade from a 6 year old 16ms monitor :lol:  ) and another cheap 4870 512mb

or, as my previous trusty 4870 just burnt out on me, a new gtx 550 to go with my new 2500k build, but im a headless chicken when it comes down to graphics card so, with my situation which you would buy before the other.

bear in mind, this is just for gaming ( nothing heavy ) and to do my programming work on.

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December 2, 2011 10:38:38 PM

Unless there's a reason you need the 2500K (the programming? Elaborate.) you'd do well to go 955 and have a little extra money for the other parts. What's the resolution on the old monitor?
What's "nothing heavy"? MW3? WOW? Skyrim? Crysis 2? lol
December 2, 2011 10:39:43 PM

GPU definitely.
you can replace your monitors all you want but you will never get the display settings you want without more current graphics card.

you can think of buying a monitor later, get your internal parts first.
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December 2, 2011 10:44:01 PM

If the old one's 1280x1024, it would be worth it.
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December 3, 2011 2:20:07 AM

If you step up in GPU don't buy the GTX 550. It is to high in price and It will not preform. I know this because I am a proud owner of Two of them, NOT!!! They get more money and you get less bang. I love Nvidia cards but a AMD/ATI 6770 or a 6790 would be better than that card. Its to bad you can't get both for your up grades. Good luck.
December 3, 2011 5:01:58 AM

target50 said:
GPU definitely.
you can replace your monitors all you want but you will never get the display settings you want without more current graphics card.

you can think of buying a monitor later, get your internal parts first.



You can tri sli with 580's if he wants but you'll never get a decent display until you upgrade to a new monitor. I see peeps on here all the time buying 500 dollar vid cards to go with a 200 dollar monitor! :pt1cable: 
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December 3, 2011 5:50:29 AM

I'm perfectly happy with my Asus VH236H monitor for $160. 1920X1080 res. There are bigger, badder monitors out there but at least you get some nice screen real estate to view at high def.
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December 3, 2011 6:34:50 AM

I would go with a new LED back lit widescreen 18-20inch, bigger if you want to move to 1080... I would hold tight with the 4870 until GPU prices drop with the next series to come out, then upgrade.
December 3, 2011 7:24:58 AM

For my recent upgrade, I went for SLi rather than a new monitor that could utilise it. Because the GTX 580 I need to pair with mine will be hard to find soon, and I can always use a monitor down the line later =D
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December 3, 2011 2:02:08 PM

So many answers to so little information :p  where are you OP
December 3, 2011 2:14:32 PM

DelroyMonjo said:
I'm perfectly happy with my Asus VH236H monitor for $160. 1920X1080 res. There are bigger, badder monitors out there but at least you get some nice screen real estate to view at high def.


Once you go to a 27" or bigger you'll wonder how you got along with anything smaller. I only paid 250 for my Samsung. I game on a 32" Vizio.
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