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Should I use 1280x960 or 1280x1024

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    Which one is the same aspect ration as my 1024x768 monitor?
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    1280x1024= 5:4

    1280x960= 4:3

    4:3 is the native aspect ratio of non-wide CRT's.
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    Hm, according to the calculator 1024x768 = 1.3333333... and so does 1280x960. Besides with 1280x960 I get 72hz.
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    1280x960 is kinda good for WS but stink for normal aspect. It makes everything look stretched vertically, but with that said it may be easier on the graphics card with with close to lossless in image quality.
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    Is this an lcd monitor hat? If so, run it at it's native resolution. Everything else needs to be scaled and looks like ass. Don't worry about aspect ratios.
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    what hz at 1280x1024?
    mines same for that and 1280x960
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    5:4
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    All LCD monitors are either 5:4 or 16:10. This in contrast to the dvelopment of TVs which are 4:3 or 16:9.

    For CRTs you have to look it up for yours.

    edit: Well these standards are probably for monitors in general since they predate lcd screens. I think it was originally to do with the taskbar using up space.
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    Ur right 1280x1024 is 5:4 my bad, but 1280x960 will probably still look distorted (at least if its an lcd) if you were running 1024x768 previously. Wonder why that is...
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    Because most CRT displays have a physical aspect ratio of 4/3, the 1280×1024 resolution will have pixels that are rectangular, instead of quadratic. This means that images, fonts and everything will appear somewhat distorted, looking too wide.

    On an LCD display with 1280×1024 as native resolution, the pixels are quadratic, because the physical aspect ratio of the display matches the resolution.
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    crt...

    I just want it to look the same as 1024x768 on my 15" crt just bigger
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    Then 1280x960 is correct. You can also try 1152x864 (iirc).
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    The problem with CRT screens is that you can distort the image manually (to correct) using the screen controls anyway. It doesnt matter what you pick. Simply pick the highest.

    If the image is setup for a 4:3 resolution then it will look wrong when using 1280*1024, but you can correct it.
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    ahh CRT go with the wile
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    THX for clearing that up 4 me:)
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    Indeed. But 5:4 and 4:3 are very close, and therefore, if you are willing to zoom the image in a bit and have some (unnoticeable) black parts at the top and bottom, 1280*1024 should look fine.
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    I'll use 1280*1024
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    1280x1024 is great, school is closed for the 3rd day in a row, so Imma play some BF2142 on my new res!
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    my friend runs 1280 x 960 on his widescreen monitor. 20" widescreen that is.
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    Incorrect. 1280x960 = 4:3.

    1280 / 4 = 320.

    320 * 3 = 960

    => 1280x960 = 4:3.
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    Yea I know 1280x1024 is 5:4, I already appologised for my ignorance;)
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    I'm getting a Samsung LCD like in a month.
    Specs : (Non-Widescreen) Samsung 20' LCD w/ native res 1600x1200

    I usually play at 1024x768 on my old 17' CRT. What would be the next step up from this res? 1280x960? Or is it 1280x1024, but this looks like a widescreen resolution right?
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    I use 1280x1024 on my 17" it's great. As for the LCD, use it's native resolution.
    I find it's best to buy a monitor that's native resolution is one you're comfortable with. If you try using 1024x768 on a 22" monitor, expect it to look like dog shit, wether it's an LCD or a CRT. Always use the max resolution.
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    Man I love this monitor! I love the fact that it's just bigger, but I really love the fact that 1280x1024 pwnz 1024x768. I can look at 1024x768 images without scrolling at all, that makes me happy.
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