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Need a new monitor for old computer

by DeanArchie65 / November 15, 2011 12:46 AM PST

I have a Dell Dimension 4500 with XP, Video card NVIDIA GE Force4 MX 420, the system has TV out if that makes any difference. My old CRT monitor is on its last days.
Is is possible for this system to support a newer model LCD monitor, and have a clear image? I read where the max resolution is 1920x1200. But now it is set on 1024x768.
Any help would be appreciated.

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Check and verify
by Willy / November 15, 2011 1:03 AM PST

You'll be better served if you get a new video card. That being done will provide the typical DVI/HDMI port(s), which will readily support your new LCD monitor. That way the resolution options will cross-reference and be a go. Yes, your Dell PC will support this, I assume you have either PCI or PCI-e type slot to mount new video card. If this AGP, then look for a PCI type video card. Your specs will show what you have. I also suggest you get a 512mb video ram card for a good fit on your system. While, you can install more or capable video card, then the PSU becomes an issue as you need better PSU to support the newer video card. Notice, you can't do one w/o the other upgrade(s). Your Dell 4500 is dated and thus you deem what cost can be permitted.

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by Willy / November 15, 2011 1:17 AM PST
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PCI or AGP type video card:

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by Willy / November 15, 2011 5:30 AM PST

As others have pointed out, the option of video card maybe an issue. However, if you get an used LCD monitor and remain with the current card you can install one. provided the LCD has VGA type connection, it will be a supporting what's currently present. Then again, your video card isn't all that hot, but at least you'll have LCD installed. Your next step will be a better video card, which is going to be either AGP or PCI type. The best AGP out there are dated as well, so used or new(un-sold) maybe you're only options. Again, I state what costs are involved are what deems this practical, though doable. Check eBay, Craigslist and even Goodwill(online) for used items as a source. At the same time, another used CRT type monitor can also be had for free or cheap via the sources I offered, up to you.

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by DeanArchie65 / November 15, 2011 10:10 PM PST
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A big thank you to Willy, and ghenghis, I do appreciate everyones input.
After reading everything you folks wrote I think I will just get a used CRT monitor for now and start looking for a new system.
I have seen some used 19" CRT monitors that have a resolution of 1024 X 768 I am wondering if one of those would work correctly on my computer as long as the connection is the same 15 pin as I have VGA I believe?

Thanks again,

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(NT) 1024x768 is something this card does.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2011 10:44 PM PST
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No go.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2011 2:30 AM PST
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by ghenghis--2008 / November 15, 2011 3:47 AM PST

I had one of those systems, 5 years ago.

You have an AGP video bus and a 250W power supply and the motherboard maxes at 1Gb RAM, and an extremely small hard drive.

Your video card is pretty limited, if you go the monitor route make sure its got a VGA port, you can use your existing cable but you probably wont be happy with the results. Add a 512Mb video card for about $40 and that wont put a strain on your power supply, and it will improve the look of your graphics, the problem is once you get there you will want more. So now you'll be out about $150 - $200 to find out you need a new system.

I dont remember what resolutions that video card supports, but I did just look on ebay and there are some very good deals for 512M used/refurbed cards. I really wouldnt pay for a new card on that base system.

Also lots of good entry level bundles with monitors out there starting at $400 depending what you are going to use the system for. Good luck.

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