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smithinator
07-08-2010, 12:16 PM
hi, my dads computer is older but it does what he needs it to do, except the monitor is too small, this makes playing games like Tomb Raider underworld a lot less visually attractive, so he wants me to find a cheap second hand monitor that will do the job. My question is will a Nvidia Geforce 7800 gt (ill list his other PC specs below) be able to handle a 22" 1680x1050 monitor and still have to power to play mid range games like the Tomb raider series on higher settings? if not what is the max res this card is capable of? thanks.

Specs:
P4 3.20GHZ
1GB Ram (can be upgraded if absolutely necessary)
ASUS motherboard (not sure of model)
Nividia Geforce 7800 GT (256mb believe)
stock cpu cooler

Battleneter2
07-08-2010, 01:16 PM
A 22" Native resolution will be 1920x1080 or 1680x1050, running in Native resolution is desirable as lower resolutions can appear kinda blury.

I am guessing you are running in 1024x768 or 1280x1024 now. You can prob still play in those resolutions or the closest wide.

To sum it up you, will not be able to play the later games in Native resolutions but older less demanding games may be ok.

smithinator
07-08-2010, 01:23 PM
yes at the moment he is running 1024x768 and it is small, he wanted something around the 20" range, wide screen. at the moment he has one of the older square ones. so i should just look for a 1280x1024 to get the best results with that GPU?

pctek
07-08-2010, 02:29 PM
except the monitor is too small, this makes playing games like Tomb Raider underworld a lot less visually attractive, so he wants me to find a cheap second hand monitor that will do the job.
My question is will a Nvidia Geforce 7800 gt (ill list his other PC specs below) be able to handle a 22" 1680x1050 monitor and still have to power to play mid range games like the Tomb raider series on higher settings?

Generally if you want high game resolution and all the effects then you need the the super duper GPU.

BUT. Whats small? His screen size? You don't have to play the game in the monitors resolution, he can turn that down a bit and still have the effects cranked up - that would be better.

smithinator
07-08-2010, 03:18 PM
i think it is 17" square LCD, so you are saying i could get a wide screen 22" 1650x1050 monitor but turn down the res to say 1250x1024 and the GPU will be able to handle it? i know that GPU is showing its age but the games my dad plays doesn't really warrant a GPU upgrade the only games he plays are his tomb raider games and sometime hit-man or a random shooter.

pctek
07-08-2010, 05:06 PM
i so you are saying i could get a wide screen 22" 1650x1050 monitor but turn down the res to say 1250x1024 and the GPU will be able to handle it?

Yes, although not necessarily 1250 - just something that allows decent frames without loss of effects. He can play around with the game settings......

smithinator
07-08-2010, 06:29 PM
is there a free program i can use to test frames so that i can set it to the ideal res for high quality gaming?

pctek
08-08-2010, 09:40 AM
http://www.fraps.com/