Help with Matching Video Card to Monitor

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?
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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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=N82E16819103649
    GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231200
    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
    maybe CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Use: Gaming, Surfing the Internet, Movies
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. I would take Radeon 4870. Great performance for relatively low price. It should work well with components you listed.
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