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Hello all! im new at oc.net so forgive me if i didnt post this the correct place.
I recently purchased a new gaming pc with good high end components like MSI GTX 670 2GB and i5 3570k.

I have my old screen a Samsung Syncmaster 226BW 22" (2ms response time) that i bought around 5 years ago, and have been extremely happy with, and still am. The screen stills works perfect, but the problem is that its native resolution is only 1680x1050p. Im wondering if it would be stupid to not have atleast full HD screen when im using a powerful pc.
Is the difference between 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 really big, or noticeable at least? The main reason i would switch screen would be because of the resolution, but also to get a bigger screen (maybe going 22" to 24" ).

The other option i have is buying one of the more expensive mechanical keyboards. Currently im using my old G11 membran one. It still works fine, but some of the buttons have started to become a bit annoying to press. I heard alot of good things about the mechanicals ones, and become quite interested in trying them.

So basically, what do you guys think would be the best option for me? Upgrade my screen to get a few more inches, and a HD resolution, or buy a good high end mechanical keyboard (like the Qpad MK-85 for example)? I only have the money to choose one of them.

I use my computer mainly for gaming.
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This is just an opinion, and everyone will give you a completely different one here, but personally I'd stick with the 1680x1050 monitor as long as the picture quality is still decent. Besides, going from a 22" 1680x1050 to a 24" 1920x1080 is more like a 'sidegrade', not an upgrade. It's basically the same thing, just wider (both in resolution and in size - the height is virtually the same so it'll "feel" just about the same as well).

If you could afford getting a top-end monitor it would be a different story. Either a good H-IPS/S-IPS one like the Dell U2410 or one of the Korean 27" 2560x1440 models. But it doesn't sound like your budget can stretch that high. So IMO get a mechanical keyboard now, and then at some point in the future maybe next year or something you can upgrade your monitor to a really, really nice one.

Besides, a mechanical keyboard is always a good investment. Monitors will always need to be replaced, but a good mechanical keyboard can last for decades.
Edited by Manyak - 9/7/12 at 1:30pm
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What will effect gaming between these two is your faulty keyboard.
 
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"It's basically the same thing, just wider (both in resolution and in size - the height is virtually the same so it'll "feel" just about the same as well)."

I thought everything looked better on a 1920x1080p screen. More details, less blurry, overall a better picture? i do get your point though.
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Originally Posted by Inyray View Post

Hello all! im new at oc.net so forgive me if i didnt post this the correct place.
I recently purchased a new gaming pc with good high end components like MSI GTX 670 2GB and i5 3570k.
I have my old screen a Samsung Syncmaster 226BW 22" (2ms response time) that i bought around 5 years ago, and have been extremely happy with, and still am. The screen stills works perfect, but the problem is that its native resolution is only 1680x1050p. Im wondering if it would be stupid to not have atleast full HD screen when im using a powerful pc.
Is the difference between 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 really big, or noticeable at least? The main reason i would switch screen would be because of the resolution, but also to get a bigger screen (maybe going 22" to 24" ).
The other option i have is buying one of the more expensive mechanical keyboards. Currently im using my old G11 membran one. It still works fine, but some of the buttons have started to become a bit annoying to press. I heard alot of good things about the mechanicals ones, and become quite interested in trying them.
So basically, what do you guys think would be the best option for me? Upgrade my screen to get a few more inches, and a HD resolution, or buy a good high end mechanical keyboard (like the Qpad MK-85 for example)? I only have the money to choose one of them.
I use my computer mainly for gaming.


You already have a good monitor. I would buy a quality mechanical keyboard if I were you.

Trust me, you will not regret it.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70718&vpn=FKBN104MC%2FEB2&manufacture=Filco
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"It's basically the same thing, just wider (both in resolution and in size - the height is virtually the same so it'll "feel" just about the same as well)."
I thought everything looked better on a 1920x1080p screen. More details, less blurry, overall a better picture? i do get your point though.

Only actual 1080p video, like blurays, will look better. Games will look the same, just wider.

UNLESS - and this a big one - you get one of the top LCDs like I mentioned. Then the image quality will be much, much better. But average LCDs today are no different than the average LCDs of 5 years ago, and just sticking a few pixels on the sides of the monitor isn't worth the cost.

So you're better off getting a keyboard now and then waiting until you have the budget to buy a proper screen.
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You already have a good monitor. I would buy a quality mechanical keyboard if I were you.
Trust me, you will not regret it.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70718&vpn=FKBN104MC%2FEB2&manufacture=Filco

Wouldnt you say Qpad MK-85 is really good for gaming too?
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Wouldnt you say Qpad MK-85 is really good for gaming too?

The filco have higher quality keycaps and construction, in general.



For instance, each switches are soldered on a steel backplate, instead of just a piece of plastic.
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Only actual 1080p video, like blurays, will look better. Games will look the same, just wider.
UNLESS - and this a big one - you get one of the top LCDs like I mentioned. Then the image quality will be much, much better. But average LCDs today are no different than the average LCDs of 5 years ago, and just sticking a few pixels on the sides of the monitor isn't worth the cost.
So you're better off getting a keyboard now and then waiting until you have the budget to buy a proper screen.

I see. I thought higher resolution had a lot more influence on games than just make it wider. Based on what your saying i see no point "wasting money" on such a small upgrade at this point. Thanks alot for your help.
Oh and btw. I kinda have my mind set on the Qpad MK-85 since a friend of mine recommended it, but i hear alot of talk about blue, brown, red, black switches on them, and apparently red and brown are best for gaming so i heard. Do you know what it means?
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I see. I thought higher resolution had a lot more influence on games than just make it wider. Based on what your saying i see no point "wasting money" on such a small upgrade at this point. Thanks alot for your help.
Oh and btw. I kinda have my mind set on the Qpad MK-85 since a friend of mine recommended it, but i hear alot of talk about blue, brown, red, black switches on them, and apparently red and brown are best for gaming so i heard. Do you know what it means?

Well if you were going from like, 1024x768 to 1920x1080 then yeah it would look TONS better. But in your case yeah they're very close to each other and it's not worth it.

Each switch has a different feel to it. There is no "best for gaming" switch. The best switch is the one you like the feel of the most. For me, it's Blue.

Check out my mechanical keyboard guide if you want to learn more.
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