[SOLVED] What do I need to upgrade to add display larger than 1920 x 1080?

Mashuguna

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I'd like to add a second monitor to my PC but I am not sure what to upgrade. I'd like to keep my 1920 x 1080 monitor for general web stuff and buy a new monitor, larger than 1920 x 1080, as my main gaming monitor

Current build:
  • CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($178.89 @ OutletPC)
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($188.56 @ OutletPC)
  • Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($179.98 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
  • Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.90 @ OutletPC)
  • Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card ($304.98 @ Newegg)
  • Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ B&H)
  • Monitor: Asus - MX279H 27.0" 1920x1080 Monitor ($199.99 @ Walmart)
I really do not understand the monitor resolution sizes or 4k vs. not 4k - I'd just like to play my PC games on a large screen with the highest resolution I can afford.

Thanks for any advice.

Oh! If I need to upgrade my GPU then I might be in trouble due to prices, yes?
 

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I'd like to add a second monitor to my PC but I am not sure what to upgrade. I'd like to keep my 1920 x 1080 monitor for general web stuff and buy a new monitor, larger than 1920 x 1080, as my main gaming monitor

Current build:
  • CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($178.89 @ OutletPC)
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($188.56 @ OutletPC)
  • Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($179.98 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
  • Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.90 @ OutletPC)
  • Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card ($304.98 @ Newegg)
  • Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ B&H)
  • Monitor: Asus - MX279H 27.0" 1920x1080 Monitor ($199.99 @ Walmart)
I really do not understand the monitor resolution sizes or 4k vs. not 4k - I'd just like to play my PC games on a large screen with the highest resolution I can afford.

Thanks for any advice.

Oh! If I need to upgrade my GPU then I might be in trouble due to prices, yes?
Just to make it short the higher the resolution the better the video card you need to keep the same in game settings and performance.

So if you went to a 1440p monitor you need a better card, for 4K a lot better card to keep the same performance.

EDIT The size of the screen like 24 inch vs 32 inch don't matter if it's the same resolution.
 
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Zerk2012

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I'd like to add a second monitor to my PC but I am not sure what to upgrade. I'd like to keep my 1920 x 1080 monitor for general web stuff and buy a new monitor, larger than 1920 x 1080, as my main gaming monitor

Current build:
  • CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($178.89 @ OutletPC)
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($188.56 @ OutletPC)
  • Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($179.98 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
  • Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.90 @ OutletPC)
  • Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card ($304.98 @ Newegg)
  • Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ B&H)
  • Monitor: Asus - MX279H 27.0" 1920x1080 Monitor ($199.99 @ Walmart)
I really do not understand the monitor resolution sizes or 4k vs. not 4k - I'd just like to play my PC games on a large screen with the highest resolution I can afford.

Thanks for any advice.

Oh! If I need to upgrade my GPU then I might be in trouble due to prices, yes?
Just to make it short the higher the resolution the better the video card you need to keep the same in game settings and performance.

So if you went to a 1440p monitor you need a better card, for 4K a lot better card to keep the same performance.

EDIT The size of the screen like 24 inch vs 32 inch don't matter if it's the same resolution.
 
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Mashuguna

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Thank you - I was afraid of that - i do not know how to find a GPU that is not 200% price. Ah well.

What about CPU? Do I need to upgrade that for gaming at the higher res? or is it just the GPU?

Thanks again.
 

punkncat

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System load tends to offset more to the GPU the higher the resolution is. In spite of that the CPU itself can be a limiting factor if it isn't "feeding" info to the GPU fast enough. This situation is well displayed in the numerous testing results done by "tubers" as well as the hierarchy charts here on Toms.
 
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