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Old Jan 20, 2007, 08:50 AM   #1
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I have a confession, I really love my CRT monitor, it might be small and weighs a ton, (and threatens to do me an injury every time I try and move it) but the image quality is fantastic, nice deep blacks, and the obvious benefits having a CRT gives, like resolution scaling etc.

But, I have a burning desire to buy a new screen, a widescreen monitor, however it seems the only widescreen monitors available around the size I want (20" -ish) are LCD.

The biggest niggle I have is the image scaling issue, and the nessesity to have to run a 1:1 pixel match. A lot of the ones ive been looking at have a 1680 X 1050 resolution(http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna...dhs1&sku=78642) and of the games I play, not (m)any of them support this resolution.

So is there a solution to my woes? Is there another screen tech around the corner that will allow for the flexability CRT allows in terms of scaling?

Cheers guys.
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Old Jan 20, 2007, 09:33 AM   #2
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For the resolution : most games can be edited to support 1680 X 1050 and other (widescreen) resolutions. www.widescreengamingforum.com is a great resource for these questions/problems
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Old Jan 20, 2007, 10:32 AM   #3
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Yes, but can your system run the game at that high of a resolution? Being limited to a single native resolution can be frustrating as new games will always come out and challenge your system. Having a high res widescreen is awesome. But, it takes one hell of a PC to run newer games at that rez and high details. And, everyday a new game will come out that will push the limit. (No matter how powerful your PC is).

You could always run dual monitors and keep your CRT too?

Supposed'y there new tech coming out that will make CRTs much thinner. But, that won't be affordable for some time...

http://news.com.com/Slimmer+tube+TVs...3-5458670.html
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Yes, but can your system run the game at that high of a resolution? Being limited to a single native resolution can be frustrating as new games will always come out and challenge your system. Having a high res widescreen is awesome. But, it takes one hell of a PC to run newer games at that rez and high details. And, everyday a new game will come out that will push the limit. (No matter how powerful your PC is).

You could always run dual monitors and keep your CRT too?

Supposed'y there new tech coming out that will make CRTs much thinner. But, that won't be affordable for some time...

http://news.com.com/Slimmer+tube+TVs...3-5458670.html
Cheers mate, however that article is at least 2 and a bit years old, though I can't see any hardware firms going back to CRT for the IT market...
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To answer your last question...probably not. All future screen displays I can think of will have fixed resolutions. There is even a new flat screen system that uses CRT technology. Basically the electron gun has been shrunken to the size of a pixel. All the benefits of CRTs that you mention; minus resolution scaling.
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I have a confession, I really love my CRT monitor, it might be small and weighs a ton, (and threatens to do me an injury every time I try and move it) but the image quality is fantastic, nice deep blacks, and the obvious benefits having a CRT gives, like resolution scaling etc.

But, I have a burning desire to buy a new screen, a widescreen monitor, however it seems the only widescreen monitors available around the size I want (20" -ish) are LCD.

The biggest niggle I have is the image scaling issue, and the nessesity to have to run a 1:1 pixel match. A lot of the ones ive been looking at have a 1680 X 1050 resolution(http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna...dhs1&sku=78642) and of the games I play, not (m)any of them support this resolution.

So is there a solution to my woes? Is there another screen tech around the corner that will allow for the flexability CRT allows in terms of scaling?

Cheers guys.

I have this same exact monitor. I bought it about a month ago. I was an unbeliever in LCDs, since I was always hooked to my Viewsonic crt. After I got it, I was really surprised on the huge improvement it gave me over crt. The colors are more vibrant and the real estate going from 1078 to 1680 is huge!!!! I can see farther in games now, and theres no ghosting what so ever.
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Yes, but can your system run the game at that high of a resolution? Being limited to a single native resolution can be frustrating as new games will always come out and challenge your system. Having a high res widescreen is awesome. But, it takes one hell of a PC to run newer games at that rez and high details. And, everyday a new game will come out that will push the limit. (No matter how powerful your PC is).
That is why I wouldn't go with a widescreen PC monitor, the native res on them is just too high, plus they're all weird 16:10 aspect instead of the HD standard of 16:9. They're made for office apps, not gaming.

I say go with a 720p HDTV that has PC input (most all HDTVs have standard 15 pin VGA ports, and also you can get DVI->HDMI adapters). 1280x720 is a resolution sweet spot. Low enough that you can run high end games acceptably (you wouldn't want to run much lower than that anyway), yet high enough that it looks good and can still be used for producivity apps.

Only problem is cost, a good LCD HDTV with a quick response time is $600-$800.
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Old Jan 20, 2007, 06:56 PM   #8
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Also, if you get an LCD take a look at nvidia, which can apparently down scale the image through their drivers and works with all monitors. It creates black borders on the l\r sides if the image. Just something to think about if you buy an lcd and want to play newer games, but don't have the horsepower to play at the highest res. Also, it's good in the long run if you don't upgrade your hardware often.
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