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What size monitor is good for gaming

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December 18, 2011 5:27:04 PM

What size monitor is good for todays game's? I was looking at 23" or 24" at a native resolution of 1920X1080. I didn't know if that size with that resolution would cause any problems with bottlenecking or bad FPS performance in games. For the people who built computers for gaming what size monitor are you using?
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December 18, 2011 5:30:10 PM

Just a month ago I built a gaming PC for 1150 euros (monitor included). The monitor is 23" Samsung SyncMaster, and I'm pretty happy with it. The resolution is 1920x1080.
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December 18, 2011 5:45:05 PM

The size is not an issue. The issue lies in the resolution. Regardless of size, 1920x1080 will require the same number of pixels. Whether it's 21" or 27"....the graphics card is still doing the same amount of work to produce the image.
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December 18, 2011 5:46:36 PM

No, it's become the most popular resolution for gaming. Most review sites will recommend a 24" version as well. Your system will play on it very well.
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December 18, 2011 6:00:35 PM

Size has nothing to do with performance. It is the resolution that counts. Whether you are playing games with a 21.5" 1920x1080 resolution monitor or a 62" 1920x1080 resolution HDTV, the performance will be the same.
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December 18, 2011 6:08:14 PM

I have a 27.5 1920 X1080 and I absolutely love it , its big and in my face, I could never go back to a smaller monitor
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December 18, 2011 6:40:40 PM

the biggest you can afford and fit on your desk. As for resolution vs performance, yes the higher the resolution, the lower performance you will get. if you get a 1080p monitor, the minimum graphics cards you should be looking at are the HD6850 or the nvidia gtx460.
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December 18, 2011 6:49:56 PM

Personally, I prefer 720p for gaming. But there are many who see 1080p as a superior resolution.

For movies I prefer 1080p though. It is all in personal preference.
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December 18, 2011 6:53:21 PM

the bigger the better. I went from 22" to 28" and I'll never get a smaller monitor again. if you're going to sit 12-18 inches from the screen stay away from the televisions. get a regular pc monitor.
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December 18, 2011 6:58:21 PM

You should consider your actual setup. Even a 23" monitor is pretty big, and you have to sit far enough away from it so that you can take in the whole screen at once. That'll also make sure you don't see the individual pixels (regardless of how good a monitor is, if you're close enough, it will look bad).

You can use a calculator like this, though it's designed for home theater setups, but will give you a sense of what you'd want for using the monitor for watching movies, and for some gaming (might want to be closer for online FPS):

http://myhometheater.homestead.com/viewingdistancecalcu...

The SMPTE recommended distance gives you a decent approximation because it's a 30 degree viewing angle, which means about 2/3 of what you see is within a pretty good part of your vision.

The fovea (center region of eye, highest density of photoreceptors) covers only a few degrees. If the monitor is too close, you have to constantly move your eyes to see what's going on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fovea_centralis
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December 18, 2011 7:21:31 PM

I use a 30" monitor with a native resolution of 2560 x 1600. I'll never go back to a lower resolution. 1920 x 1080 sucks in comparison.
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December 18, 2011 8:24:20 PM

I understand it's about resolution not size. I should have made that clearer. Anyway I'm probably going to go with the 24" at a native 1920X1080.
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December 18, 2011 8:24:41 PM

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December 18, 2011 8:39:17 PM

Its about size and distance too. I keep a 22" at 50cm away from me and its perfect. A bigger monitor would require me to place it further, so it makes no diference.
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