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Considering purchasing an LCD with DVI input.

I'm in the market for a new desktop PC and soon afterwards I hope to upgrade my recently purchased 17" flat screen CRT monitor to a nicer 19" LCD monitor having both analog as well as DVI inputs; so I've been told by others to consider.

For such an LCD monitor to work properly must I also be sure that my new PC also has the proper video card already installed that will support a DVI connection?
If my new PC won't will the new LCD monitor work just fine using analog connections or should I spend the extra bucks on a video card having DVI inputs?

I'm not into gaming; just email; web surfing; word processing and personal finance. I have been told that LCD's are much easier on the eyes than CRT's; one of several reasons why I would like to eventually upgrade from a CRT to an LCD.


Big Steve
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As long as the LCD monitor has

both analog and digital inputs it will work just fine with the analog. I know of one person with a 19 inch Dell that tried the digital and disliked some aspects of the way some of things were displayed at normally visited sites, that she went back to analog.

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Considering purchasing an LCD with DVI input.

Ray:

So for my basic needs I shouldn't have to shell out the extra bucks for a video card having a DVI input?
Thanks for your comments.

Big Steve
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Video card with DVI

Steve,

If you plan on purchasing a Desktop with Integrated Graphics (on board video), it would be advantageous to check that the motherboard also has a slot for an AGP or PCI-Express Video Card that you could add later. The current trend is PCI-Express and some of the leader factories like Dell, Gateway, Sony, etc...that do show a graphics card in their specs start with the low price Radeon X300SE PCI-Express card.

You can buy that card with DVI/TVout for $65 and install yourself.

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Also...

can purchase NVidia Geforce PCI-Express PCX 5300 with DVI/TV-out for $68, model 6200 TurboCache PCI-Exp with DVI/TV-out for $70.

If AGP, the GeForce 5200, 128MB can be as low as $47, or the GeForce 5500 for as low as $66, both with DVI.

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Considering purchasing an LCD with DVI input.

Well I've been taking a look at a Vector SX-V by Velocity Micro. As to what kind of motherboard it has; I'll have to check. I did talk to a sales rep at Velocity Micro yesterday who advised me to get a better video card but to go with the integrated audio; said it would be fine for my basic needs. Thanks for your comments.


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onboard

my sony 19-inch monitor works just fine with the Intel onboard GMA 900 graphics.

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