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Gaming PC with my current Monitor
01-07-2014, 04:35 AM,
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Gaming PC with my current Monitor
Hello, I'm going to be buying a new computer come taxes, and I was looking at the Tier 1 Budget gaming PC. My question is this: If I keep my monitor, which is a Emprex LM-1902 19" 1440x900, do I really need to get a Tier-1? The monitor only has VGA input, and I was wondering if the lower-end resolution might not run just as smoothly on the Tier-0.5 or 0.75. I may be able to get a new monitor, but if this one will work, I'd rather save the money. Also, I cannot seem to find out what the monitor's frame rate is... maybe I'm not looking at the right specs. Thank you for any help you can give me.
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01-07-2014, 05:26 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-07-2014, 05:33 PM by Rapajez.)
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RE: Gaming PC with my current Monitor
It depends on what games you're playing. The 0.75 should cover most at a resolution that low, but it's not very future-proof, especially if you get a more modern monitor, down the road.

Your monitor's frame rate is 60 FPS, like most LCDs. It's usually listed as "refresh rate" measured in Hz. 120Hz monitors have only recently released.
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01-15-2014, 12:28 AM,
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RE: Gaming PC with my current Monitor
(01-07-2014, 05:26 PM)Rapajez Wrote: It depends on what games you're playing. The 0.75 should cover most at a resolution that low, but it's not very future-proof, especially if you get a more modern monitor, down the road.

Your monitor's frame rate is 60 FPS, like most LCDs. It's usually listed as "refresh rate" measured in Hz. 120Hz monitors have only recently released.

Alright, thanks for that. Now, I want to play games like FFXIV, The Old Republic, and the like. Which system(s) would you recommend to run those games with this monitor on medium settings with a little expand-ability for a better GPU or more than one GPU and more RAM?
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01-15-2014, 10:45 AM,
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RE: Gaming PC with my current Monitor
For medium settings at 1440 x 900, Tier 0.75 is powerful enough. However, if you want higher settings, Tier 1 should have no problem running those games at high/maximum settings. It's also a better choice if you want to upgrade the GPU down the road, thanks to the more powerful CPU. RAM is easily upgradeable too.

I recommend staying away from multiple GPU solutions, until you reach high-end cards. It's usually not worth the hassle (extra noise, higher power consumption, drivers, etc.) and you'll have to spend more on the power supply. Upgrading to a more powerful video card and selling the previous video card is what I recommend in most cases.
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