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post #11 of 20
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wow thx for reply MisterFred i was not aware that a tv for a monitor was a bad idea lol i have to check monitor prices then thx
post #12 of 20
It's not necessarily a bad idea... things will just look more blurry than normal (because the individual pixels are larger - the same number of pixels in a 32" monitor will have to be larger than in a 23" monitor). Not a good idea for word processing, but not the end of the world for gaming (where reading text isn't as important). On the other hand, a 32" monitor will look better - at TV distance - than a normal monitor if you're not reading. Some games might look a little better if given enough Anti-Aliasing (which smooths lines in graphics).

There are a variety of monitor solutions to consider.

A standard 1920x1080 23" or 24" monitor. (Maximum frame rate: 60, best at desktop distances.) Price: ?around 100 pounds? Example: whatever looks decent & cheap in a brick & mortar store.

The TV you were considering. (Same resolution and max frame rate, bad for text, decent for graphics at TV distances.)

A 120hz 1920x1080 23" or 24" monitor. Capable of 3D display for movie watching or whatever @ 60fps. (Same resolution with a maximum frame rate of 120. Many people swear the higher fps makes games look much smoother, for others, like myself the extra frame rate is pretty useless.) Price: around 275 pounds. Example: Benq XL2420t (if you go this route you should get that particular Benq, it's very well-reviewed and it's 3d is aligned with nvidia rather than AMD).

A 27" 2560x1440 monitor. Max frame rate: 60-100 depending on brand. These bigger monitors are all also IPS, which provides a little better viewing angles and (to a very small extent) color depth). Bigger, still sharp for text and at desktop distances. Price: around 450 pounds. Example: Hazro HZ27WCnG.

A 30" 2560x1600 monitor. Same as above, but taller. Price: 660-900 pounds. Example Dell Ultrasharp U3011.

Three 1920x1080 monitors in for surround multi-monitor gaming. Effective resolution: 5760x1080. Cost: 3x the cost of a 1920x1080 monitor. At this point, you start looking at 2 680s or 7970s, possibly the 7970s because of higher amounts of VRAM.

If you want to add a new monitor to your upgrade while fitting within budget, I'd recommend the Benq XL2420t or the hazro 27" depending on whether you want BIG or trying out if you're one of the people who things higher than 60 fps looks really good. If you already own the 32" TV, you may as well try it out and see if you decide you like it regardless of the drawbacks I listed before buying another monitor.

A single 680 should be plenty of power to step up resolution or use the 120hz monitor, but if you're a real graphics fiend, you'd probably want to pick up the mobo I indicated could handle 2 video cards just in case you decide to blow even more money on graphics in the future.
Edited by MisterFred - 4/25/12 at 1:46pm
    
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I haven't had any issues running my system on my 32" tv. The tv is at least 6 years old as well as the components of my system being much lower quality than the ones you are probably going to buy (especially the 680, I only have a 450 GTS and it runs pretty damn good.) I generally use this more of a HTPC now after we dropped cable tv thumb.gif. The newest game I've tried on it was Syndicate and it ran fine.
post #14 of 20
It's not that it won't run as well, it's just the PPI (pixels per inch) will be lower on a large TV that only runs at 1080p.
post #15 of 20
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thx everyone im good to go biggrin.gif
post #16 of 20
What have you picked? Let us criticize it. thumb.gif
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post #18 of 20
A 2560x1440 monitor for <£400? I am impressed.

Also why not Ivybridge? And if not Ivybridge why the 2600K over the 2500K? If you are gaming the difference will be minimal.

Also I can't see that board being too great for overclocking...

Lastly, if you wait a few weeks the EVGA 4GB version should be out which would serve you better in many games.
post #19 of 20
Aria.co.uk

Have the i7 2600K Cheaper £209.99 Inc Vat

So ring scan and see if they will match it
Edited by just4funuk - 4/25/12 at 4:20pm
    
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post #20 of 20
The Shimian Korean monitors are that res and only $400. smile.gif
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