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I'm going to be purchasing in the near future a 1920x1080 monitor mainly for watching movies and some gaming here and there. My main question is, will my 8800GTS 512MB GPU be able to handle playing videos at that resolution or should I purchase a somewhat higher end video card? I've been thinking about getting a GTX460 but, I'm not really sure if it would be a smart purchase considering I got some old technology in my PC. Seems I would be better off waiting to purchase a new video card until I completely rebuild my computer. What do you guys think? Wise choice in upgrading 8800gts to gtx 460? Main concern would be my E8400 bottle necking the video card.
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post #2 of 8
Upgrading will definitely improve performance even with your older components. I would recommend getting a 560Ti instead though, it is far superior to the 460 yet it shouldn't be bottlenecked too badly by your E8400....
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Most 1080p videos are rendered with the CPU. Although it depends which media player you're using. But yes, an 8800GTS is more than enough for 1080p. Only upgrade if you're looking for more frames in gaming, but otherwise, you should be good for a few years.
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That's true. As long as videos play smoothly on it, I got no gripes. Suppose I should overclock it though in the meantime.
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post #5 of 8
Card won't affect decoding HD video, your processor is what matters for that, and you're more than fine. Lack of CPU cycles for decoding HD media was only an issue back in the single core days. Low-end dual core procs had an issue with decoding 1080p though.

As for gaming, a GTX 560 Ti is a great price for the performance on a single 1080p display, assuming your budget can afford it.

Edit - I just came from a 1GB 9600 GT, it was an amazing upgrade.

Edit 2 - You might want to consider switching to a quad proc as more and more games are making that change. You'll also obtain significantly better OS performance and other aspects. This will also affect HD playback as well so this is very relative to what you're interested in.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 6/12/11 at 9:53pm
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Speaking of 108p monitors, anyone got any good suggestions for one? Probably in the 24" range. And thanks for the info Ascii, I should have bought the Q6600 back in '08 but decided to get the E8400. I'll just stick it out with dual core for now until I upgrade both motherboard and cpu.
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What's your monitor budget?

Personally I LOVE my monitor (sig rig) for what I paid, which was I think $329 on sale. Not cheap, but 1920x1200 goes at a premium these day vs. 1080p, but IMHO is worth it for the extra screen real estate provided by the increased height.

I mean, it's nothing fancy just a TN panel but it still looks very good, the hook-up options are excellent, and I've had no issues w/it whatsoever.

If I was getting a 1080p panel I'd be wanting a 22" rather than a 24", for the extra pixel density.
    
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I think at most I would spend 300 but that might be pushing it. Around 250 is what I'm aiming the max spent to be around on a monitor. About the size difference, yah I suppose it doesn't matter how big the monitor is. Just as long as it's at least 1920x1080 resolution.
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