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What Size Monitor Should I Choose?

post #1 of 8
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I am going to build a new computer soon. It will either have a 8600GTS or 7800GTX 512mb. (core 2 duo, 2 gig ram, nforce 680i LT sli)

Which size monitor should I choose. a 20 inch 1680*1050 or a 19 inch 1440*900? Both are widescreen. Also what are the best brands to buy from.( I do care about the price and any bigger monitors are too expensive for me.)
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Hitachi 7K500 320 gig, Hitachi 7K500 250 gig LITE-ON 20x DVD Burner Windows Vista, XP Optiquest Q20wb (20") 
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Hitachi 7K500 320 gig, Hitachi 7K500 250 gig LITE-ON 20x DVD Burner Windows Vista, XP Optiquest Q20wb (20") 
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Logitech Internet 350 Antec True Power Trio 650W(Rated for Dual 8800GTS) Raidmax Smilodon Logitech RX300 
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post #2 of 8
First of all, what is your budget, because there might be something bigger for the same price. That said, my 22" runs at 1680x1050 and it works well for me.
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post #3 of 8
Get a 20". Then you can at least run 3DMark06 (1280*1024). That's a good enough reason for me.
 
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80GB WD SATAII NEC 3550A DL DVD+/-RW Win XP Home HP W2007 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB WD SATAII NEC 3550A DL DVD+/-RW Win XP Home HP W2007 
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Microsoft Digital Media Pro XClio Goodpower 500W Cooler Master Centurion 5 Logitech G5 
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Windows 7 Professional 2 x Dell 2408WFP 
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post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
my budget is around $180-$220 for a monitor and about $1,100 for the rig (the 7800GTX is free if i do get it, so it doesn't count in my budget for the rig) .
System22
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6420 XFX 680i LT SLI Diamond HD 4870 4 gigs Corsair Ballistix 800 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Hitachi 7K500 320 gig, Hitachi 7K500 250 gig LITE-ON 20x DVD Burner Windows Vista, XP Optiquest Q20wb (20") 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Internet 350 Antec True Power Trio 650W(Rated for Dual 8800GTS) Raidmax Smilodon Logitech RX300 
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E6420 XFX 680i LT SLI Diamond HD 4870 4 gigs Corsair Ballistix 800 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Hitachi 7K500 320 gig, Hitachi 7K500 250 gig LITE-ON 20x DVD Burner Windows Vista, XP Optiquest Q20wb (20") 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Internet 350 Antec True Power Trio 650W(Rated for Dual 8800GTS) Raidmax Smilodon Logitech RX300 
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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
ill probably stick with the 20 inch from newegg.com
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E6420 XFX 680i LT SLI Diamond HD 4870 4 gigs Corsair Ballistix 800 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Hitachi 7K500 320 gig, Hitachi 7K500 250 gig LITE-ON 20x DVD Burner Windows Vista, XP Optiquest Q20wb (20") 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Internet 350 Antec True Power Trio 650W(Rated for Dual 8800GTS) Raidmax Smilodon Logitech RX300 
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E6420 XFX 680i LT SLI Diamond HD 4870 4 gigs Corsair Ballistix 800 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Hitachi 7K500 320 gig, Hitachi 7K500 250 gig LITE-ON 20x DVD Burner Windows Vista, XP Optiquest Q20wb (20") 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Internet 350 Antec True Power Trio 650W(Rated for Dual 8800GTS) Raidmax Smilodon Logitech RX300 
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post #6 of 8
you could pull off a 22" on sale for that deal if you really want to go big. It runs the same res as a 20", so your Vid card should power it allright.
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Seagate Barracuda 320Gb & WD Black 640Gb Lite On Vista Business and VMWare Ubuntu Acer AL2223W 22" 
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post #7 of 8
Best Buy has the 22" westinghouse for 238 after taxes.
    
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post #8 of 8
I would say like a 20" here. My 8800 runs my 22" at 1680x1050 just fine, but it was worse when I had my 7800GT. So, if you get the 8600, you may want a 22", but I won't say it will buckle with a higher res, but it certainly wont run like crystal at the highest settings in all games.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 @ 3.0 Ghz ASUS P5N32-E SLI eVGA 8800GTS (600/999) Gskill 2gb HZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150g Raptor+160g storage Some random DVD+RW Windows 7 RC Samsung 226BW 
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Saitek Eclipse Seasonic 600W SLI TT Armor Logitech MX518 <3 
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A composition notebook! 
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E6600 @ 3.0 Ghz ASUS P5N32-E SLI eVGA 8800GTS (600/999) Gskill 2gb HZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150g Raptor+160g storage Some random DVD+RW Windows 7 RC Samsung 226BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse Seasonic 600W SLI TT Armor Logitech MX518 <3 
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A composition notebook! 
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