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Just bought a new monitor

Discussion in 'Home Theater PC' started by redbirded, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. redbirded

    redbirded Member

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    Just got a 20" LG W2040T monitor to replace my 15" Dell monitor that shot craps. I was hoping for a better picture honestly.
    Drivers are installed, it's not bad, just expected better. Do I need a better video/graphics card perhaps? (XP home ed.)
    Hope this is the right forum, if not could someone point me in the right direction?
     
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    Well for starters that is a very poor resolution for a monitor. I hope you didn't pay any more than $100 for it because you can get a much better picture for $160 (1680x1050 or 720p). If you were willing to go to $170 you could get a decent 1920x1080 monitor (1080p).

    The poor resolution is probably your problem. I don't know what resolution your video card could support though.
     
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    The monitor has a resolution 1600x900
    My graphics card is maxing out 1200x768
     
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    So then you aren't even taking advantage of that monitor (that already has low specs to begin with)

    You definitely need a new graphics card.

    Without knowing what king of power supply and more importantly motherboard you have all I can recommend for a low end card is something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102876

    Technically it's a low/medium end card but the HD5XXX series has native HDMI out which is great (it carries sound!). It also has a VGA port and DVI port as well. Not to mention its max resolution is 2560 x 1600.

    You could even go as low as $25 and still see an improvement.
     

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