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August 10, 2009 5:39:35 AM

Decided to post this here as the CRT Monitor section doesn't get as much traffic.

I have a NEC MultiSync FE2111SB. In the New System Build section it asks for monitor resolution. Since I have a CRT I don't have a native resolution.

Here's what's in the manual:

640 X 480 @ 50 to 160 Hz
800 X 600 @ 50 to 160 Hz
1024 X 768 @ 50 to 138 Hz
1280 X 1024 @ 50 to 105 Hz
1600 X 1200 @ 50 to 91 Hz .................... NEC recommended resolution at 85 Hz
1800 X 1350 @ 50 to 81 Hz
1800 X 1440 @ 50 to 76 Hz
1856 X 1392 @ 50 to 79 Hz
1920 X 1440 @ 50 to 76 Hz

Which Radeon cards should I be looking at and should I go above 1600 X 1200?
August 10, 2009 5:43:00 AM

VinnyChase said:
Decided to post this here as the CRT Monitor section doesn't get as much traffic.

I have a NEC MultiSync FE2111SB. In the New System Build section it asks for monitor resolution. Since I have a CRT I don't have a native resolution.

Here's what's in the manual:

640 X 480 @ 50 to 160 Hz
800 X 600 @ 50 to 160 Hz
1024 X 768 @ 50 to 138 Hz
1280 X 1024 @ 50 to 105 Hz
1600 X 1200 @ 50 to 91 Hz .................... NEC recommended resolution at 85 Hz
1800 X 1350 @ 50 to 81 Hz
1800 X 1440 @ 50 to 76 Hz
1856 X 1392 @ 50 to 79 Hz
1920 X 1440 @ 50 to 76 Hz

Which Radeon cards should I be looking at and should I go above 1600 X 1200?

We need better information about your computer and what you are using it for.
a c 130 U Graphics card
August 10, 2009 8:18:10 AM

Agreed we really need system specs before we can make recommendations, please include power supply specs.
As a generalisation i would be looking at a 4850/4770 as a bear minimum with preferably a 4870 or above. As we said its all dependant on your usage and what the rest of the system is like.

Mactronix
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a c 236 U Graphics card
August 10, 2009 3:50:12 PM

A CRT monitor must constantly refresh the display. If this refresh rate is low, like 60hz, then the display will exhibit a flickering image which is very annoying. That is why a 85hz rate is recommended. If you pick that rate, then your resolution will be 1600 x 1200. If you went to 1920 x 1440, then your refresh rate would be
76hz. That is not too bad, but you still might notice the shimmering image. At that higher resolution, you might also want a stronger vga card.

Accordingly, look for a vga card that plays your games best at 1600 x 1200..

Something like a GTX260 or 4870 would play most games well at 1600 x 1200.

I would assume, of course, that your cpu is strong enough to drive such a vga card, and that your psu is strong enough to power it.
August 10, 2009 11:08:34 PM

I almost included system components. Doh! I'm compiling potential components for my gaming build.

Here's the list:

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
maybe CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use: Gaming, Surfing the Internet, Movies
August 10, 2009 11:59:44 PM

Well a 4890 would do well with those specs. I am pretty prejudice about the x3 chips. I don't really see a point to them. If you get any benefit with a x3 you will get more out of an x4. Basically you are getting an x4 chip that did nto pas muster and they disabled one core.
a c 130 U Graphics card
August 11, 2009 8:35:13 AM

I second the GTX260 or 4870 as geofelt suggests, I think a 4890 while not a waste would be more than is needed at the resolution you are looking at using.

Mactronix
August 11, 2009 4:50:39 PM

I would take Radeon 4870. Great performance for relatively low price. It should work well with components you listed.
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