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I originally was planning to get a gtx 570 to replace my 5770's. I began to worry about a cpu bottleneck, so I ran some tests and found that during Crysis, my cpu usage is almost 100%. I then went and hooked my pc up the the tv at 1920 x 1080, and my cpu usage dropped to around 50% with the same performance. There is obviously a significant cpu bottleneck at my monitors res (1600 x 900), and I doubt there will be much benefit to a 570 when im already maxing out my cpu. Ive thought about getting a new monitor, or a new cpu to alleviate the bottleneck, I could get both, but im not sure what to do.

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I originally was planning to get a gtx 570 to replace my 5770's. I began to worry about a cpu bottleneck, so I ran some tests and found that during Crysis, my cpu usage is almost 100%. I then went and hooked my pc up the the tv at 1920 x 1080, and my cpu usage dropped to around 50% with the same performance. There is obviously a significant cpu bottleneck at my monitors res (1600 x 900), and I doubt there will be much benefit to a 570 when im already maxing out my cpu. Ive thought about getting a new monitor, or a new cpu to alleviate the bottleneck, I could get both, but im not sure what to do.

 

 

I dont know how you can stand gaming at so low a resolution. Get a decent 24" 1920x1200 monitor and see how you go. Then if you need more graphics power go for a CPU or GPU upgrade.

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I dont know how you can stand gaming at so low a resolution. Get a decent 24" 1920x1200 monitor and see how you go. Then if you need more graphics power go for a CPU or GPU upgrade.

I game on a 20" monitor at that res, and I like it fine. Of course, I used to game on my 15.6" laptop :whistling:

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I game on a 20" monitor at that res, and I like it fine. Of course, I used to game on my 15.6" laptop :whistling:

 

But thats not really gaming bliss is it? :P I agree with dihartnell, upgrade to at least a 23" 1920x1080 screen (bigger if possible) and then worry about a video card/CPU upgrade.

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But thats not really gaming bliss is it? :P I agree with dihartnell, upgrade to at least a 23" 1920x1080 screen (bigger if possible) and then worry about a video card/CPU upgrade.

 

Depends on how you do it.

 

I spent all of 2009 gaming on a Samsung 2233RZ 1680 X 1050 monitor in 3d while my Dell 3007WFP-HC 25 X 16 monitor sat next to it on my desk unplugged. In 2010 I bought two more 16X10 2233RZs, not another 3007.

 

I also had a NEC 24" 19 X12 panel on the pc in my guest bedroom, and I chose the 16 X 10 over that as well. I used to think size and resolution trumps all, like when I paid $1100 for the 3007, but things have changed in the gaming monitor landscape.

 

A person also needs to consider 120Hz refresh and 3d capability when buying a panel. Even without the 3d the 120Hz is very nice if you want to dump vsynch and triple buffering.

 

 

 

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That ASUS is acceptable. It'll serve you well for games, I know several people running ASUS monitors and they love them.

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Thats a good choice. Samsung makes quality monitors, one of the better ones to get imo. Some of the stands can be a bit wobbly though, so just be careful with it.

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