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I have around 300$ to spend and I want to know if it would be a better idea to get a new monitor (current one is 19" 1360x768) or maybe upgrade my build to Sandy Bridge (I can snag a 2500k and a mobo for around 300) My build is below. What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 7
Gasp! 1360x768???? Go get yourself a 1920x1080 at the very least!

6950 on a 1360x768.....*shakes head disapprovingly*

Do you have the 2gb version?
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Originally Posted by railfan844 View Post
Gasp! 1360x768???? Go get yourself a 1920x1080 at the very least!

6950 on a 1360x768.....*shakes head disapprovingly*

Do you have the 2gb version?
No it's the 1gb version.
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post #4 of 7
You could get a slightly better monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution and some phenom II x4 there.

OR you could go SB. OR you could get a very good display such as the dell u2311 or the dell u2211h that'd cost near 300. Or you could get something and save money for later on if you save any

These are your choices. Choose wisely.
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Originally Posted by De-Zant View Post
You could get a slightly better monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution and some phenom II x4 there.

OR you could go SB. OR you could get a very good display such as the dell u2311 or the dell u2211h that'd cost near 300. Or you could get something and save money for later on if you save any

These are your choices. Choose wisely.
The dells might be too big for a 1gb card.
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post #6 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by railfan844 View Post
The dells might be too big for a 1gb card.
1920x1080 too much for 1gb? lol

I run 2048x1536 on 1gb without issues.
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post #7 of 7
My vote goes for the monitor. Then work on upgrading the cpu. All that graphics horsepower just waiting to be used, but limited by resolution, and in the future probably the cpu.
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