Buying a 24inch Dell, anything I should know?

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  1. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    Will I have slowdowns in a lot of areas like gaming and video? My 1.8Ghz PM(single) with an X800XT is holding up just fine on 720p video, but how will I get 24fps on 1080i? I am only getting about 10-18 there. Also is there anyway into tricking my 19inch right now to go up to 1920 by 1200 to test how the games work at that high of a res? And do games like Halo and BF1942 go up that high in res?
     
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    I assume you saw this thread?
     
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    *bump* dude I'd hate you to spend much more when you could use the great deal posted above.
     
  4. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well I have only 700 bucks right now but I am makin 100 bucks a week. So I won't be able to grab this deal.
     
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    I'm very confused. You're talking about video in the first two sentences, right? That is completely resolution independent at this point. Apple does not hardware accelerate H.264 (and neither do most video cards right now), so your CPU is decoding that and spitting it to the video card to be displayed. Whether you're playing that on the monitor you have now or the Dell, there should be no difference.

    Now... games are a different story. Your computer should be able to handle those fine because you have the X800XT. You might have to sacrifice things like AA/AF at those resolutions, but they really dont make much of a difference because you're already pushing so many pixels out.
     
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    I have a 24" Dell and a single 1.8 G5 PM + ATi 9800, 1080p won't play at 24 fps. The CPU just isn't fast enough.
    Not sure about the games, but in other games I found out that somehow resolution doesn't matter that much for fps. I guess the bottleneck lies somewhere else. I guess you will have to cut down on the detail settings and such to keep a decent framerate, but as I said, resolution doesn't matter that much in my experiences with UT, UT2004 and WOW.
    Good luck, it's a fine monitor. Though my old 20" cinema display (plastic) was slightly better with colors and viewing angle. But the 24" is brighter and faster, has more contrast and gets quite good colors after calibrating.
     
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    I guess 1080p at 24fps is a lot... and I don't do that much gaming, but uh...
    :eek:
     
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    1080p is encoded at 23.98 fps according to the info in quicktime. That being said my G5 says its running at 24+ fps
     
  9. RyanSA4 macrumors member

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    Ask your parents if they can front you $50 or so. Call dell right now and ask if you can use the 35% off and $60 off a $500+ purchase it should bring the monitor to around $720.
     
  10. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Will the deal still be there tommarow? Also if I plugged in a HDTV tuner, would it play in HD?

    Also with the new PM maybe having PCI-E, will they no longer have agp so when I get a new PM(soon) my X800XT won't work no more? :confused:
     
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    35% off 2405FWP- (WFQ9X9GW1VT?2R) expires 10/18/05 limit 5000 users
    $60 off $500- (B5SM90M526JSBK) expires 10/20/05 limit 10,000 users

    Not sure about the HD tuner or if your X800XT will work as I am new to this whole Apple thing. Just got my 2.3 on monday.
     
  12. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    If Apple puts PCI-E into the new Powermacs, they will not have AGP slots, so no, your X800XT will not work. But the resale on that card will still be excellent because it is top of the line.
     
  13. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I live in California and we have Cox Cable. Since they offer HD programming, could I plug the cox box in the back of the 2405fpw and watch HD content? Thus turning the monitor into a TV? Or does it need a tv tuner?
     
  14. davidcb13 macrumors member

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    It Depends what type of outputs are on the back of your cox hdtv receiver
     
  15. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well I dont have either yet. But my friend has an HD tv and has COX. The HD channels look amazing!
     
  16. kjr39 macrumors 6502

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    We used the 2405 as a TV for a couple of months with HD. Looked really good...

    Used the component hookup for TV and the dvi for the computer...
     
  17. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    OK. Tomorrow I am gonna buy! If the deals still there. Yeh!
     

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