As I began to make my final decisions for what my new gaming PC will contain, I took into consideration the monitor I would use for my build. The components are all new ones, and the GPU is going to be a Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870.
I acquired an older Dell E193FP at 1280x1024 resolution. It connects via VGA, but to my understanding the 7870 doesn't have a VGA port (please correct me if I'm wrong).
Would it be preferable to buy a signal converter to match the card if needed, or just buy a new monitor. I don't mind the Dell's resolution, but I'd be okay with a new monitor.
i feel like you have answered your own question. You can do either. you can buy a dvi to vga converter to use the monitor you have now. which since you said you do not mind the resolution. shouldn't be a problem. This will obviously cost a lot less. so it really comes down to how much money you feel like spending. Obviously the 7870 is capable of higher resolutions and would look better on a new monitor.