Report content How do you set your resolution for PC gaming?

Poll started by Henley with 7,567 votes and 216 comments. Browse the poll archive.

 74%

Fullscreen max res! (5626 votes)

 14%

Fullscreen smaller res (1073 votes)

 3%

Window mode max res (249 votes)

 2%

Window mode smaller res (180 votes)

 1%

Output to a tv/projector (110 votes)

 4%

I dunno how to game, I read books. (329 votes)

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Henley Creator
Henley

Window mode gamer here, I also get pissy when a new game does not support it, will mod game files until it works.

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Jokerine
Jokerine

Agreed!

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cW#Ravenblood

yep. But I only play few games in window mode. Most of them full screen because I have an epic old 5:4 screen, which is now 10 years old.
Happy birthday Hyundai screen!

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August_K
August_K

I like to use windowed mode when modding.
Full screen max-res when just gaming.
Also, HAI JOKERINE!

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xcv2008
xcv2008

I use Fullscreen when I'm not talking to anybody off the game, or if I just feel like playing in Windows.

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Medevila
Medevila

With Source games you can do "-noborder -w 1920 -h 1080 -windowed" in launch options and have it look fullscreen, but be able to alt tab or move your mouse off the game without problems, allowing for multitasking or just switching to choose a different song. Yet to see the no-border capability in non-Source games though, so I just play fullscreen usually.

EDIT: dohoho 3 balck meas fgts :X

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Medevila
Medevila

only a year late ofc

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ambershee
ambershee

Windowed is slower than full screen. I want max efficiency for max frames at max detail ;)

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Xylemon
Xylemon

(buried)

Wouldn't windowed be faster? It's less to render than full. Plus you can multi-task with window mode.

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Nickel_Dare
Nickel_Dare

nope it uses same resources as in Full Mode , but besides that it has to smaller them to the windows size and when you do something besides the game then the CPU has even more to do then just the game ..

FULLSCREEN FTW !!! xD
I dont know how so many people can play with window mode ..
Window mod annoys me :P

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kileratlarge
kileratlarge

same >.>

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rorios
rorios

You would think, but no when you run it windowed it goes slower cus it's still having to render exactly the same, but it's using more CPU to run everything thats showing in the background. it's like when you render something in wire frame you would think it would be quicker, but no it's much slower.

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Brainlaag
Brainlaag

Well on 24" viewsonic fullscreen is maybe a bit too much for playing without spraining your neck xD

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Erikonr
Erikonr

I don't get why people always vote comments down when someone makes a guess that is wrong or overall says something that is wrong, Their trying to say the right thing!

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Knight_Ken
Knight_Ken

I remenber when i was playing UT 1 engine games on windowed mode this is terribly slow... because it will be on software rendered..

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Wiweeyum
Wiweeyum

Also.

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Centaur1um
Centaur1um

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Windowed ftw.

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preowned
preowned

I like windowed,
As long as it has a "no border" option

So it looks full screen, but i can place windows over it.
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Pro Tip:
To do this with source game on steam, Right click the game, go to property, go to "Set launch options" then type this in

"-sw -noborder" (sw= start windowed)

Very useful.

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Theon
Theon

Wat?
You never play seriously in windowed mode... Unless it's some TBS or puzzle-game which doesn't require reaction skills or precision.

I understand playing in windowed mode when you're editing game files and watching changes on the run, but otherwise it just hampers gaming experience (precision, perception, etc.).

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Crawlinson
Crawlinson

Why would you go to such lengths to window mode it?
I can't see any benefit other than multi-tasking.

If you are going to why not buy two smaller cheaper monitors and dual them. No boarder problems then :)

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Maxen1416
Maxen1416

my crap-top can barely play Source 2007 engine and newer games D;

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Dr.Worm
Dr.Worm

Good news I just built my friend a gaming PC for $368 on newegg play's UT3 High and L4D2 and TF2 on High flawlessly

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SweatbackSTEEN
SweatbackSTEEN

please tell me of this computer which you speak of

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Capt.Harrington
Capt.Harrington

Tell me as well please!

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dsi1
dsi1

(buried)

TF2 on high for 368$? Thats unpossible!

Give him a few days or an update or two, TF2 is the new Crysis.

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GeneralOwn3d
GeneralOwn3d

Reqlly? I had to make mine with... like 1300euros, or something around that... How did you do that? Do you know a guy who works at a computer retail or building shop!
Ya lucky bastard...

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Awesome_ninja
Awesome_ninja

wow...how did you do that? I build mine to play Crysis full def and full settings for 1200$ CAD (around 1000$ USD), but 368$ is unstoppable... How did ya do that?

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sdkillah
sdkillah

umm... pc under 400$ say good bye for games wich comes this and next year.. u cant play them :S

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MitchellS
MitchellS

I like to play max res, but I cant.... lawl.

Can't even run CS:S Completely low with decent frames

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Cremat0r
Cremat0r

My PC is near explosion, when playing TF2 or EP2, so I have to set resolution lower to avoid death. :(

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sasasa
sasasa

blue screen of death... almost everytime to medium shader

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Aguila.
Aguila.

Fullscreen :P

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MadMonkey119
MadMonkey119

Come on. OF course max resolution for me!

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Cozmin95
Cozmin95

Fullscreen 1280x1024(max)and although my PC is not very good i still push the limit a bit to keep that resolution and fullscreen!For me there is no other way to play a game than fullscreen! :D

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TheSkunk
TheSkunk

Same here, my computer is a bit old, but I have a nice monitor and will settle for nothing less than 1280x1204 res. I too must push the limit when the time calls for it.

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Marffy
Marffy

my comp sux to much for full res. =(

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Silverfisk
Silverfisk

It depends, if I'm developing or have for example chats going on I go windowed. But generally when gaming I'm fullscreen.

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DedMustDie
DedMustDie

Fullscreen with max resolution ofcourse! It lets you feel game's atmosphere much better. Don't like window mode coz you always getting diverted from game by ICQ, Skype, Update news for some random soft etc. Atleast on Windows.

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MrSkwidge
MrSkwidge

Fullscreen max!

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GriffinZ
GriffinZ

Not fullscreen, because my settings are totally messed up and fullscreen means everything gets short and fat... compressed heightwhise.

So I say whatever resolution that doesn't compress the screen

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[$#!T-Happens]
[$#!T-Happens]

Full screen Gaming FTW

BTW anyone who votes for "I dunno how to game, I read books" should be Bi**h Slapped :P

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Dremth
Dremth

Damn people and their books. What have books ever done for humanity? Nothing. Games on the other hand provides millions with quality entertainment. Hooked on Phonics can suck my nuts. I'm Hooked on Electronics.

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ThatBritishBloke
ThatBritishBloke

Well the ancient egyptians won't be happy with you will they, being the forefathers of paper an' all.

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stephan262
stephan262

Well game manuals (Which are books) have informed gamers how to operate their games.

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ThatBritishBloke
ThatBritishBloke

Well I'm sorry if I like to partake in reading a good sci-fi novel whilst I sit comfortably in a large arm chair whilst wearing a nice smoking jacket and fez.. Nothing wrong with a bit of civilized behavior old bean!

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TheSkunk
TheSkunk

Aw yeah!! Read Philip K ****? he is my favorite sci-fi writer. Undoubtedly one of the best. I heartily agree with you, my friend!

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PytoX
PytoX

24" Fullscreen max 1900x1200 :D

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peterpatat
peterpatat

i read books.

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DedMustDie
DedMustDie

And what are you doing here then?^^

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crusader148
crusader148

because you can read books and play video games too
they arent exclusive
(posted while READING dune:The machine crusade)

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DedMustDie
DedMustDie

Well, original answer was "I dunno how to game, I read books." So I thought, that peterpatat just cut his answer =)

In any case - there're too many great books that are must have. Ofc Fullscreen.

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