[Quick question] Should I do a monitor upgrade?

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  1. samiam144
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    Hi guys,

    Currently, I have this 1366 x 768 TV as a "monitor" for my PC (GTX 750 Ti, i5-4440).
    I am thinking of getting this monitor.

    Worth it? Should I jump from 720p to 1080p, with a small decrease in screen size?
    I will be using it not only for games, but for schoolwork too. For those of you that have an Ultrawide monitor, how do you find it?

    Thanks!
     
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    I used to use a 768p 37" TV as my monitor too. It was absolute ass and had scaling issues.
    Switched to a 23" 1080p screen later. Definitely worth it.

    Ultrawide would be most useful in games and multitasking. If you can afford it go for a 1440p.

    Recommendations: http://www.logicalincrements.com/monitors
     
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    I don't own an ultrawide monitor, but I've seen them in stores and they seem nice. There are a lot of movies with this aspect ratio as well, which on a normal TV or monitor would have huge black bars and waste a lot of screen space, so it should be really nice for watching movies. An upgrade to 1080p would be a huge improvement regardless of aspect ratio. 720p/768p is rather bad, especially on a screen that big.

    You can think of it this way, it's kind of like having the multitasking abilities of a dual monitor setup while being able to use the entire screen space for a game or movie when you want to. I personally love dual monitor setups but this would be even better :)
    Not all games will support the aspect ratio though so you won't be able to play those games in fullscreen without black bars.

    But I do agree with Duo8 that 1440p would be better. On a screen this size when used as a monitor you'll be sitting rather close to the screen so resolution matters more. If it was used as a TV you'd be sitting further away so 1080p would be enough (and you likely wouldn't be able to tell a difference between 1080p and 1440p)

    Also, you may want to upgrade your GPU, it's not really powerful enough to run modern games at 1080p let alone 1440p.
     
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    Thanks for the responses!

    @Duo8 Thank you for the resource, I just finished reading through it. It's very helpful and I've looked through the recommendations (on Canadian Newegg and Amazon of course).

    @The Real Jdbye As much as I'd really like a 1440p screen, I'm only willing to spend up to $500 CAD so it's out of my budget unless I go down from 32" to around 24", at which point I might feel a little regret :unsure: Also the fact that I've been using the 768p TV since I got my PC 2 years ago and I still quite enjoy the visuals sitting up close (but I'm starting to dislike those jagged lines in GTA V, hence my interest in 1080p haha).

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    To make full use of a 1440p screen I understand I'd need to upgrade my GPU, but I actually just got the 750Ti in early April so I'm not sure what to do right now:
    (1) get that 1080p UltraWide screen for $350 (pretty good price in Canada!)
    (2) get a smaller 1440p screen (to fit my budget), or.....
    (3) save the money for a GTX1070, sell the 750Ti, and put that money towards a monitor in the future.

    To be clear, I am hoping to not go down in screen size by too much; I actually really like my 32" TV (which fortunately has a PC mode), and if I could find a 32" 1080p non-ultrawide monitor for also around $350, I think I would seriously consider it over a smaller 1440p screen.
    The way I see it, 1080p would be the sweetspot for what I have and "need" right now, but 1440p would be better for the future (though I'd have to upgrade my GPU, PSU, tower, and probably my mobo as well!!) :wacko:

    Side note: I just checked the exact same model (29UM58) in BestBuy USA, and it's the same price as in CAD! That doesn't happen very often here :D
     
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    You can wait for the RX 480 if you want a new GPU.
     
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    Geez, $199 USD? I'm very interested in that!

    Edit: well, I did the upgrade. It's pretty freakin cool! :D Thanks for all the help!
     
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