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Do I Need To Upgrade Video Card?


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#1 ladysmom

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 04:36 PM

HI There!

OK, so here's the first thing I need help on: I have a fairly new (2 years old) computer with a 15" LCD monitor. My current video card is an NVIDIA GEForce4 MX 440 with AGP8x. Which I need to tell you, means nothing to me, except that everything looks really good at max resolution. I am not a gamer - use for mostly CAD,office applications and surfing the net. I am looking at purchasing a 24" LCD monitor Acer AL2416WD and can't figure out for the life of me if I need to upgrade my video card before I commit to spending that much money.

Any help in interpreting this would be greatly appreciated! I even went to the ACER website and downloaded their manual, but alas if it told me, I wasn't able to understand it!


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Posted 11 June 2006 - 12:48 AM

You shouldn't have any problem, my brother has 42" Sony LCD TV that he's using as his montior and has a similar board.

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 09:50 AM

Should work fine. The size of the screen dosent matter to the graphics card, it is more a question of resolution, refresh rates and the ability to connect them. You might need a VGA to DVI converter if your card doesn't have DVI output.
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Posted 11 June 2006 - 11:53 AM

Mr Alpha I checked this out on tigerdirect and ncix and they both say that there is a VGA and DVI input so you don't need the vga to dvi converter.

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 11:40 PM

Thanks Mr Alpha,Klinkaroo and dc 3 for answering my question! I thought we were getting kind of out there with a 24" monitor - I can't imagine looking at a spreadsheet on a 42"! Kind of like a nightmare I had at work a few years ago - "the spreadsheet that ate New York!"
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 07:25 AM

BTW Your monitor will work with the VGA port of you video card but you might want to think about eventually upgrading so you can get a DVI port. DVI is digital wich means better quality... if you plug in a VGA to DVI converter this will not make much of a difference...

You can run your 24 inch on the VGA but if you have 100-150$ lying around might wanna upgrade.

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