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ok guys,
i convinced my dad into buying my parts tonight (finally!)
so tomorrow im gonna put it all together.

i have 2 diffrent options for my display,

1280x1024 on a lcd 19" monitor

or

720p on my 32" t.v.

my rig:

intel i5 2500k

asus p8p67 le

galaxy gtx 560

8gb 1600mhz ram

cm storm enforcer

asus 24x dvd drive

1tb caviar black

750w psu
post #2 of 18

1280x1024 on a 19" monitor is going to look much sharper and crisper, with more vivid colors than 720p on a 32" TV.

 

 

For what it's worth, most gamers are using 1920x1080  (or 1080p) monitors now in a 22" to 23" size configuration. You didn't list that as one of your options, but that's what most folks use now.

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thanks, thats good to hear (i didn't want to stop watching t.v.) whistle.gif

as for 1080p, i'll be upgrading later.
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thanks, thats good to hear (i didn't want to stop watching t.v.) whistle.gif

as for 1080p, i'll be upgrading later.


If you're sure that you're going to upgrade later, then don't buy a 1280x1024, and suffer on your 720p TV that you already have until you get the dedicated monitor.

 

 

Or, I suppose you could get the 1280x1024 and later add a 1920x1080 and have a dual-monitor setup. Be aware that nvidia and 2 different resolution monitors will force your GPU into high-power 3d mode 24/7 unless you use the Nvidia Inspector multi-display power saver.

 

I think that, in an ideal situation, you'd end up with 2  of the 1080ps. :D

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I feel it really depends on what games you are going to play. I usually play racing games on my 42"TV but like SC2 I would rather play it on a smaller screen.
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Pocket the cash from not buying the monitor to buy a 1080p monitor quicker! biggrin.gif
    
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Pocket the cash from not buying the monitor to buy a 1080p monitor quicker! biggrin.gif


That's what I'm sayin'!

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post #8 of 18
If you don't mind less FOV, the 1280 x 1024 (1024p) monitor will have much more detail than the 1280 x 720 (probably 1366 x 768; 720p/768p) HDTV, and monitors are usually just better suited for PC use than larger HDTVs are (unless you're sitting further away in case of the latter).

If you don't mind less detail, the HDTV will have much more FOV (of the common aspect ratios, 5:4 has the least amount of FOV compared to 16:9 which has the most).

If you only have one of these options, stick with it and save to upgrade. If you have both, it's your choice until you upgrade. For what it's worth, 1280 x 1024 is almost 1920 x 1080p detail-wise, just a non-wide/lower FOV version of it.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 2/8/12 at 10:06pm
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
i already have the 19" monitor,
it's 2 years old.

anyway, this may be off topic,
but does overclocking an i5 2500k (stable)
void intel's warranty?
i don't think it will, hence the "k".
post #10 of 18
Technically, I think it does void the warranty, but it's essentially a non-issue.

If you have the 1280 x 1024 monitor already but not the 720p HDTV, don't buy it in place of it. Save for a 1080p monitor or something and use what you have for now.
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