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For gaming, are there any major differences in 1680x1055 vs. 1920x1200? I want a 24" monitor and I plan to get another 4850, but a 22" is easier on the pockets. I really want a 24" thou.
 

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1. Yes, The higher the resolution the better the quality but you lose FPS.
2. SLI Crossfire benefit greatly at higher resolutions
3. There is a change your AMD 5000 might bottleneck 4850s in crossfire
 
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I've been thinking about the bottlenecking too. I hate how when I built this computer about 7 months ago, this stuff was on the way out. I'm thinking about building a new machine. It might be a good time to.
 
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Love gaming at 1440x900, just depends if you like gaming bigger for smaller.
 

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I think the BEST lcd monitor for a gaming rig is a 22" HighDefinition (1920x1080) like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236053
Thats a bloody good price for that resolution. My Dell 2309w 23" HD is also 1920x1080, but in the US its another $100 at $299 (according to the Dell site, you might find it cheaper elsewhere). Beautiful picture and brightness though, I absolutely love it. No built in speakers but then if you're a gamer you wouldn't use them anyway, so no loss!
 
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1. Yes, The higher the resolution the better the quality but you lose FPS.
Your point is not 100% right.

If you compare 1680x1050 22" WS LCD vs 1900x1080 24" WS LCD, you won't see any QUALITY different between those two, except BIGGER pictures.

The quality would be different only if it has higher resolution on same screen size.

Example: 1900x1080 22" LCD in theory has better picture quality than 1680x1050 22" LCD.
 

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Your point is not 100% right.

If you compare 1680x1050 22" WS LCD vs 1900x1080 24" WS LCD, you won't see any QUALITY different between those two, except BIGGER pictures.

The quality would be different only if it has higher resolution on same screen size.

Example: 1900x1080 22" LCD in theory has better picture quality than 1680x1050 22" LCD.
yep right on the money, but also depends if what else you need. and if you do any work like photoshop.

and yea you would a lose a bunch of FPS gaming at that res, worse tack on the AA and your 512mb vid card is starting to feel the brunt...and a bad cpu doesn't make it any easier.
 

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I have noticed no difference in 1400x900 to 1680x1050. I run 1400 because it's easier on my 2600's, but there is no real difference.
 

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Always get the highest resolution you can afford. Do try to get 1080p

Yes it makes a difference - my 22" is 1680x1050, the laptop's 17" 1920x1200. The latter's picture perfect... I used to love gaming on the larger monitor but now I really see it inferior quality. :/
 

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I dunno 17in with 1920x1200 though that's insane for res... I thought that wouldn't scale very well at all. but I guess that's the trend now for lappies.
 
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Go buy urself an extra 4850 512mb. 1920 x 1080 requires at least 768mb vram.
 
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1680*1050 is becoming the standard right now.
If you're going to g 24" though I would pick up a beefier card or another 4850, because the game that put a little more strain on your system aren't going to be able to run smooth on a 4850 # 1920*1200
 
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Go buy urself an extra 4850 512mb. 1920 x 1080 requires at least 768mb vram.
There is no such thing as that, different games have different requirements. If you don't run games with AA then 512mb should be adequate for the vast majority of games.

Also buying a second card technically increases the amount of memory, but that's not how it works. The memory is shared when using Crossfire or SLI so theoretically it still operates like 512MB even if you crossfire 4 512MB cards.
 

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Check out the "pixel pitch" when buying. Smaller number = Better image quality.
 
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Your point is not 100% right.

If you compare 1680x1050 22" WS LCD vs 1900x1080 24" WS LCD, you won't see any QUALITY different between those two, except BIGGER pictures.

The quality would be different only if it has higher resolution on same screen size.

Example: 1900x1080 22" LCD in theory has better picture quality than 1680x1050 22" LCD.
I cant make a valid comparison since i dont own one of those but what i meant is that since he is talking about gaming and video cards, ideally you would expect far better looking pictures on a resolution of say, 1920X1200 then you would on a 1680X1050 resolution.

Thanks for clearing it up :toast:
 
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Do yourself a favour and buy the highest resolution screen you can afford. You will enjoy it much more for every single activity outside gaming, like internet, email, photoshop, ms word, PDF reading, etc. And for gaming it will be much better IF your GPU can cope with the particular game. However, if it cant, you can still run it at a lower resolution and the TFT will upscale for you. It doesnt look so great at running at native, but is faster, AND is usually at least as good as running it on a lower resolution screen.
 
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I game @ 1920x1200 on a 24". Running a single 4850 was very good, 2 4850's CF'ed is great. COD4 everything running maxed out I run around 125-200 FPS (depending on whats going on)
 
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So hows the 4850 handle those high reses? I have heard from a few others its pretty good!
 
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I have noticed no difference in 1400x900 to 1680x1050. I run 1400 because it's easier on my 2600's, but there is no real difference.
If I reduce my resolution under native (1680x1050), the picture will become blurry.

The 17" laptop that Black Panther has probably has really high dpi (dots per inch), that's why it can handle such high resolution. I bet it looks really amazing :wtf:.
 
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So hows the 4850 handle those high reses? I have heard from a few others its pretty good!
Upgrading from the 3800 series was like night and day @ 1920x1200. The 3800's would run it pretty well. With the 4850's I had a very nice FPS increase in COD4. I would recommend this upgrade for anyone looking for more FPS at a good price.
 
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I got some good info, but the question is will there be bottlenecking at either resolution?