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Dante Rising
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« on: June 12, 2011, 11:30:10 PM »

My new computer is built and functioning normally. I'm very satisfied with the final product. Thanks to those people who offered suggestions and help. I'll post a few pics later on tonight.

Now that I have a new system, I want to upgrade from my excellent IPS based 22" Dell 2209WA to something larger. My system has just one GTX 580 superclocked card, so my one hurdle is that IPS monitors that are 26" or larger all have resolutions of 2560 x 1440 or higher. Depending upon the game, (Metro 2033 for example) my system would be unable to give fluid FPS at that resolution.

I've heard that when an LCD downscales from its native resolution, the image degrades significantly. In this instance, I would be having the Dell 2711 downscale from 2560 x 1440 to 1920x1080, which plays fluidly on my new system.

Would I have a better image with a high end 27" monitor downscaling to a lower resolution, or would I have a better image from a top tier 32" Samsung 5500 series HDTV that has a native resolution for my system's sweet spot, even though the pixels will be significantly larger than the Dell IPS monitor.

Basically, would you choose an ultra high end 27" monitor and downscale when necessary, or buy the larger HDTV and play all games in its native 1080P?

Thanks, guys!
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011, 10:38:29 AM »

Bad thing about using TV's as your computer monitor, is latency.

Some tv's have significant delay processing the video signal input from your computer, to the display screen. For a tv normally this is inconsequential...

but if you're gaming on it, it has its consequences, showing up as input lag.

You click the button to fire your blaster...

... and 200ms later your blaster fires. (extreme example)

Make sure if you get a tv that it has a 'gaming mode' or somesuch.

IPS monitors that size also get expensive, fast.

This link may help you in your search...

For me, the fast answer would be to go with the monitor. I _might_ find a tv I would like if I searched extensively before making the purchase. (and believe me, I've considered that option. I have my computer on a corner desk unit... I easily have room to put a 40-50 inch unit on the desk instead of the monitor I'm currently using, which is an HP2475w (24inch IPS monitor... very nice one too)

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 01:30:41 PM »

Quote from: Dante Rising on June 12, 2011, 11:30:10 PM

I've heard that when an LCD downscales from its native resolution, the image degrades significantly.

True to a point... a high-end monitor will handle downscaling better than the Wal Mart special, and in my experience a monitor with a higher native resolution tends to downscale better as well.
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