So I'm building a new gaming pc at a cheap price. Not looking to do anything crazy just get threw games like swtor and gw2 on a medium-high settings. So I was thinking a 6850 would be a pretty decent card. But my question is how will my screen effect my gaming and card usage. I'm using a 1440x900 screen atm. Would buying such a powerful card go to waste paired with this monitor. Or will the card be good regardless. I'm not opposed to buying a monitor but it will take me atleast another 3 months to do so. QUAD_3.6GHZ. 500GB HD. 4GB DDR3 RAM. Thanks
You could look at it like this, if you wanted. The less of your graphics card is used to run a higher resolution, the more is available to you for things like anti-alaising, or higher frame rates. The same is true in reverse: the more of your graphics card you use to push a higher resolution, the less you would be able to turn up settings in games. While there are some caveats to those statements, generally they are true. Get the 6850 and if you aren't happy with your screen size later, buy a better monitor.