all new geforce/radeon perform about the same for 2D apps such as Adobe CS2.
any geforce 7300gt or radeon x1600pro will be more than sufficient. both are in the $90 price range (from web shops) and both will fully support vista when it arrives.
also, practically all new cards come with dual monitor and hdtv support. you're not paying extra for them since they're standard equipment nowadays.
It has been a while since last I bought a new desktop computer. I have started researching, and found there have been a lot of changes in technology since my last purchase.
I am pretty well settled on an Intel E6600 CPU with a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS4 motherboard. This board has pretty well everything I want already onboard, except a graphics card. This is where I am bogging down in my search.
I had intended to keep my NEC 1800 LCD monitor, and just upgrade the processor box. However, now I am having second thoughts. The GA-965P-DS4 motherboard has these newer PCIE slots, which to my understanding are a replacement for the older AGP slots and cards. But I am not sure which PCIE video card to get - and I am not sure if they are available to feed my old analog LCD monitor, or if they only come with a digital interface (which will force me to also buy a new digital interfaced monitor).
I am not a gamer, but I do want one of the fastest systems for digital photo and video editing, as well as running Adobe's Creative Suite of applications; I find that my current system just does not have the horsepower to drive these programs efficiently.
I also want a system that will be ready for Windows Vista when it eventually ships; my understanding is that it will need considerable horsepower and also a strong video card with 'pixel shading'.
So, my question is: what would be a good recommendation for a video card for my new system, and do I need to get a digital monitor, or is there a PCIE card that has analog output? Or should I go with a digital card and new monitor - is there an advantage? Btw.. I notice many of these newer video cards support dual monitors.. this is NOT a feature that I require, and don't wish to pay extra for it.
Finally, I would also appreciate some links to sites on video cards - reviews, recommendations, etc.