i remember helping with a new build a few yrs back ,and a adapter like you are referring to stopped the computer from booting, wasn't until we hooked a lcd monitor that it would boot .could have been the quality of the adapter ,not sure
You have to watch the adaptor, some adaptors are made only for a certain video card, if you put it on a different video card, the computer will boot but you won't get any signal to the screen, especially with the first DVI video cards to come out. Most universal adaptors do not have this issue and DVI is more standardized now so that problem is rare to non existent anymore.
As far as monitors, a lot depends on what resolution you want and the features, you can get a 18-20 inch around 100-125, Your better ones-especially for gaming are around 250 on up. Something like this
would be a decent gaming monitor, (theres better out there but this is the happy medium Ive been able to find at a really good price) something like this
would be a good all around monitor, not as good as the previous one but will do the trick, with something like this
probably being among the top of the line monitors.
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