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Should I trade my 30" 2560 x 1600 for a 24" 1920 x 1200?

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When the ATI 58xx series launched I built the computer that's in my sig rig. At the time I had a 24" 1080p monitor. I could play any game on max settings with x8 AA. Later on I sold my 24" for what I have now which is a 30" 2560 x 1600 res monitor I paid $1300 for it. The thing is after that I struggled to run any game with my native res because my 5850 1GB models couldn't handle storing that much data so it creates a bottleneck. The 5850's have the horsepower to do a lot more but it's being bottlnecked by the limited VRAM.

So I was thinking about selling this monitor and getting a 24" monitor and possibly some upgrades to this outdated computer. Considering I can't afford to upgrade nor for a couple years while I'm in school. So what do you guys think?

edit: this would probably be my choice of a 24" monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049
Edited by roberts91 - 2/21/12 at 2:41pm
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Originally Posted by roberts91 View Post

When the ATI 58xx series launched I built the computer that's in my sig rig. At the time I had a 24" 1080p monitor. I could play any game on max settings with x8 AA. Later on I sold my 24" for what I have now which is a 30" 2560 x 1600 res monitor I paid $1300 for it. The thing is after that I struggled to run any game with my native res because my 5850 1GB models couldn't handle storing that much data so it creates a bottleneck. The 5850's have the horsepower to do a lot more but it's being bottlnecked by the limited VRAM.
So I was thinking about selling this monitor and getting a 24" monitor and possibly some upgrades to this outdated computer. Considering I can't afford to upgrade nor for a couple years while I'm in school. So what do you guys think?

Just turn AA down, as low resolution is what AA is supposed to compensate for. Play on higher resolution, and you don't need 8x AA.

I have a similar setup, but I just ORDERED a 2560x1440 monitor. Only consider selling a 30" if you could get get a very good price out of it, and get most of your money back.
Edited by brucethemoose - 2/21/12 at 2:44pm
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Personally I would keep the monitor and turn down some settings (mainly AA, which is a huge killer on high resolutions). I'm sure you can come up with $100 somewhere down the line for a GPU upgrade (even if it's as a birthday present or something), especially considering that your 5850s are worth $200 if you sell them. Once you move from the crossfire setup to a beefy single card with 2GB+ VRAM, you'll have a very nice setup. Until then, 5850s should run games well if you turn down the AA or use morphological AA.
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Just turn AA down, as low resolution is what AA is supposed to compensate for. Play on higher resolution, and you don't need 8x AA.
I have a similar setup, but I just ORDERED a 2560x1440 monitor. Only consider selling a 30" if you could get get a very good price out of it, and get most of your money back.

This is the settings I have for BF3. I meant to say it was nice to enable all those settings. And actually even with these settings I don't get the greatest performance a competitive player would never touch it in that state when it is a semi-slideshow at times.

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LOL NO! Get another card or two thumb.gif

Edit: Btw I see you mentioned your pc is outdated. I just moved to this rig from my Q6600 a month ago, that classes as out dated. i7 920, plenty of life still thumb.gif
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If you can't afford an upgrade, and will remain unable for 2 years, then yeah, trade the monitor for a smaller one + an amd hd 7950 or such.

2 years from now you get anpther big screen
    
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If you have a 30" monitor, it helps to have a powerful graphics card to go with it.
The 5850 is no slouch, but newer graphics cards such as the 7970/7950 outperform it by quite a bit.
Perhaps you could find a used GTX 580 3GB?
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I would not give up a 30" monitor. Just turn the settings down. You paid a lot for the monitor and you will lose quite a bit when you sell it. I don't think it's worth it. I would try to sell your GPU's for $150ish and Get a single card with more Vram. Save up $100 ish and try to get an open box gpu or a used one. Like a 580 or the 7950.
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sell your card, and get like a 6950.. they can be had for like $200-250
    
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If you sold both of your HD 5850's, then you'd be able to afford an HD 6950 2GB.
You'll be able to keep your screen also! If you overclock the heck out of the card you might be able to play most games with x4/x8 AA & AF.
    
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