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This is a subject I haven't seen any article tackle, and I really hope one of the big tech sites, or someone really knowledgeable in the area of PC Gaming / Hardware would cover this. However, until someone does, I leave it up to the community =)

So, what exactly am I asking? If you buy a big LCD monitor, such as a 22 or 24 inch monitor, with a native resolution of 1920x1200, aren't you essentially locked into having to buy more expensive computer parts?

Here is my reasoning. Games should be played at the monitors native resolution, otherwise the monitor won't display the video as crisply simply due to the way LCDs are. Well, if you native resolution is 1920x1200, you are going to need a really beefy video card. In many instances, resolutions that high pretty much ask for an SLI / Crossfire setup in order to maintain proper frame rates.

If the above statements make sense, then this also means that if you want to upgrade from a 8 series to a 9 series, or down the line a 10 series, you are going to have to pick up two of them!

This is my conundrum, I am looking to buy Samsung's sexy 24in LCD monitor. However, doing so means that everytime I want to upgrade my video card, I will need 2 instead of one to see proper performance gains. However, If I went with a monitor that is smaller with a native resolution of 1240x1024, I could just buy one beefed up card and see even better performance gains.

Please advise.
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I would think if you had one 9800GTX you should be able to play games at 1920x1200. I am glad you brought this up, because I was thinking about getting a 24" monitor.
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Well... I would find it stupid if anyone splashes out on huge monitors without enough money to buy a high end PC. Therefore most people who buy 24" or 22" monitors have the money too and usually have the money to spend on high end PC parts so this isn't really a problem in my eyes.

Also for older games you won't need the highest end GPU's and if your like me and usually only buy games 2 - 6 months after the've been released it is fine as you can save up to upgrade your GPU.
    
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Well... I would find it stupid if anyone splashes out on huge monitors without enough money to buy a high end PC. Therefore most people who buy 24" or 22" monitors have the money too and usually have the money to spend on high end PC parts so this isn't really a problem in my eyes.

Also for older games you won't need the highest end GPU's and if your like me and usually only buy games 2 - 6 months after the've been released it is fine as you can save up to upgrade your GPU.
The point is, if you buy a 24in LCD Monitor with a 1920x1200 resolution, and a beefy computer today... you still have to worry about what will happen when you got to upgrade you video cards once again. For example, right now I have 2x 8800gts's (soon to be gtx's after step up). If I wanted to upgrade to the new 9 series cards a year from now, I would have to pick up two due to my LCD's native res.
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The point is, if you buy a 24in LCD Monitor with a 1920x1200 resolution, and a beefy computer today... you still have to worry about what will happen when you got to upgrade you video cards once again. For example, right now I have 2x 8800gts's (soon to be gtx's after step up). If I wanted to upgrade to the new 9 series cards a year from now, I would have to pick up two due to my LCD's native res.
Only if you want to play new games though for older games it will do fine for ages. It is a hell of a lot of money to spend but really you have to think of these things when you pay for a monitor that big.
    
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22" monitors are only 1680x1050, though. An x1 series or 8 series card should work just fine for that, just make sure to get it with 512MB, perhaps.
    
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