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How bad is 1600 x 900 compared to 1920 x 1080?

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December 13, 2012 6:11:43 PM

Hi guys, so I'm currently planning to get a GTX 560 along with a new rig, but desk space might be an issue for me, and so I think the most I can get for a monitor is a 20 inch with 1600 x 900 resolution. Given some time, and if I really tried to convince my parents that I'll need to make some modifications to the desk, I can probably opt for a 22 inch with 1920 x 1080, but that's just the harder option. I was wondering, is the difference between a 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1080 that noticeable, given it's only a couple inches in width. Also, keeping in mind that I currently have a 5:4 Dell 17 inch.
December 13, 2012 6:24:52 PM

Nope but will sure kill 10 frames.
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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2012 6:37:02 PM

It is most certainly noticeable, the clarity will be significantly higher with the 1920x1080 resolution monitor.

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December 13, 2012 6:39:32 PM

it is theres that many more pixels in 1080p compared to 1600x900, its not even comparable, 1080p is by far alot clearer and better image quality hands down,

if you can afford i can tell u once u go 1080p u dont go back :) 
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December 13, 2012 6:40:15 PM


Move your chair back a foot and you will not notice at all.

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December 13, 2012 9:32:58 PM

Wisecracker said:
Move your chair back a foot and you will not notice at all.

Bingo!!
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December 13, 2012 9:52:46 PM

VERY ! once u get used to a higher Resolution u can't go back ...
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December 13, 2012 9:57:08 PM

thats not even relavent, sit back lol, cmon seriously, he was asking a real answer. not a joke :D 
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December 13, 2012 9:59:26 PM

im with skywalker, once you've seen high res games you will not go back,thats why i refuse to upgrade to 2560x1600 until its the mainstream resolution
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December 14, 2012 2:39:30 AM

Wisecracker said:
Move your chair back a foot and you will not notice at all.


Sounds logical. :na: 

How about 1680x1050 on a 20''? I really want a higher res, but it would be kind of hard for me to get anything more than 20''. :??:  I've heard that the difference in 1920 x 1080 res doesn't really kick in until 23'' monitors. How true is this?
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December 14, 2012 2:09:25 PM


Your hypothesis on 23-inch screens is generally sound, but as I noted, your viewing distance has as much to do with it as anything.

And, as Cooldudesubho noted, the increase in resolution can really kill frames from your GTX560 (as will DX11 games) ....

A sketch of your workspace/desk would help us, more so than anything, visualize the size/location issues with your monitor, as well as your tower size/location, your KB/M, etc.

Can you mount the monitor on the wall, for instance?


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December 14, 2012 2:27:13 PM

get 1920*1080. since you would want to keep the monitor for a few years you would be much better off with a more modern and typical display resolution.
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December 14, 2012 2:59:43 PM

first of all, for the GPU is suggest getting the GTX650 ti which is the equivelent to the 560 and better in newer games, low power consumption, plus TXAA in a few games.

for the monitor, if can get a 20" u can get a 22" too and it is measured diagonally so in width it's only about 1-1.5 inch.
if u can fit a 20" i dont think u can say
"I JUST CANT FIT 1 MORE INCH"
most pc tables easily support that high monitor and if u r not using a PC table, desk for instance, its even better the stand is the same and it just takes about 1 inch more.
and for the resolution question, many times in games 1080p just dosent FEEL like it.
the xbox fakes a higher res. and while pc dosent fake it some games just dont take FULL advantage of the 1080p some games look more clear in 1080p, or maybe its just me.
and for the 10FPS frame hit, why dont just lower the resolution a bit in 1080p?
and u also watch movies right? they look GREAT in 1080p!!
if u already have a full HD tv that u watch all the movies in, then the 900p is just for gaming.
IF not then 1080p is the way to go, if your parents dont agree just throw in a few bucks yourself, it might be something to u but it will last for YEARS to come.

for gaming that all i hav to say is that your GPU cant handle all the games in 1080p with a minimum 30FPS. but again many games it can max out without AA so if u can 1080p gets my vote.
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