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Old 09-06-2005, 02:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 19" monitor, or 21" for gaming?

I am thinking about buying a 21" monitor for my new pc, but I have some questions.

Are monitors that large not so good for gaming? (would 1028*786 resolution on a 21" look like 640*480 on a 17"?.. meaning it would require me to run games at 1600*1200 for them to look good.. meaning better pc required!?

Or would running a game at 1028*786 on a 21" look just as good (non pixellated) as on a 17"?

Should I buy a 19" or a 21", period?
(Flat CRT monitor, btw)


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Do the math. For a 1028*786 to look the same as a 640*480 17", the monitor would have to be 27.3" big. Unless you can afford a 27" monitor, don't worry about it. 1024x786 on a 21" will look better than 640*480 on a 17".
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I use a Samsung 19" flat CRT and it looks great on 1024x768. In fact, I play all my games at that resolution since my computer isn't fast enough to go higher in newer games. I don't have a problem with 1024x768 though, unlike a lot of people. I personally don't see the point in playing at 1600x1200 when it looks almost as good on 1024x768, I can add anti-aliasing, and get a much faster framerate.
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Previous to the monitor I have now, I used to have a Liyama Vision Pro Master 455 19" CRT monitor ( I know it's not the best in the world, but when your down on money, and monitor will do ), and it served me VERY well for the years that I had it.

On that monitor, I ran most games at 1280 x 1024 and it looked superb. I think the real question you have to ask yourself is how much screen do I want to be looking at? I mean my old Liyama monitor could do resolutions up to 2048 x 1536, and so both the monitors can manage the same resolutions, and so like I said before, the question is how much screen do you want to see?
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It depends on the amount of phisycal pixels I guess? My 17" is much sharper than my uncles 19".
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I would really enjoy staring at a 21" monitor whilst gaming with an athlon fx-57 and a 7800gtx.

So the question now is what would YOU get if you had the money?

1) Samsung 21" 1100DF Regular size Flat crt High res Monitor

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2) Samsung 19" 997MB Regular size Flat crt High res Monitor
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I would get the best 17"CRT with aperture grill available.
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Bigger is always better imo, as long as the monitor can display a higher resolution. 1024*768 might look a little naff on a 21" though, so try and find one that supports a higher resolution (1280*1024 and above).
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Wouldn't it be unlikely to buy a 21" computer that doesn't support over 1028*786??
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Yeah, if you bought a 21" CRT monitor and it didn't have any higher resolutions than 1024 x 768 then I'd know that I've been had

Personally, I don't think you really need to go above 1600 x 1200, and most monitors around the 19"/21" range only support upto that resolution anyways. I'd stick with 1280 x 1024 as that is plenty for games nowadays
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