Suitable Display card 1920 x 1080 resolution

Hello,
I have purchased a new Benq E2420HD (24" 1920 x 1080 Monitor).
I have just realised that my Dell Dimension 3100 PC (2Gig Ram) will only display to a max of 1400 x 1050 as it uses a Generic PnP Monitor setting usingan Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family.

As the Dell PC will not take any increase in Ram beyond the present 2 Gig installed, what is the best solution. Do I purchase a new video/display card ? If so what would you recommend ? I don't play computer games and just want to view normal videos at 1920 x 1080.
Thank you !
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  1. What upgrade slot do you have?
    Are you gaming?
  2. Dell Dimension 3100 Desktop
    http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfb/desktops/dimen_3100/pd.aspx?refid=dimen_3100&cs=28&s=dfb

    Dimension 3100 Service Manual
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/index.htm

    Quote:

    Slots
    2 PCI slots
    1 PCIe x1 slot


    We're talking Pentium 4 + DDR2

    Any video card capable of 1920x1080 is going to be wasted on his CPU. Not to mention there's no mention of AGP or PCI-E x8 or x16 on Dell's site. It also shows 1GB of RAM max.

    This system needs replaced to be honest. :(
  3. jerreece said:
    Any video card capable of 1920x1080 is going to be wasted on his CPU.

    He isn't talking about gaming. Almost any reasonably current discrete card should do.
  4. Yes, but all they have is PCI-E 1x or PCI for slots. So "reasonably current" isn't what he needs. He needs something specific. And that is, more than likely, a PCI based video card.

    nVidia 8400GS PCI DX10 $42.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134073

    Of all the inexpensive PCI GPUs, this supports DX10 (and also DX9). Most of the others only support DX7 or DX8 at this price point. So this is a good option.
  5. That has nothing to do with the CPU though. The card will cost more if it must be PCI or PCIEx1 but I don't think the interface should be much of an issue for a non-gaming card.
  6. jyjjy said:
    That has nothing to do with the CPU though. The card will cost more if it must be PCI or PCIEx1 but I don't think the interface should be much of an issue for a non-gaming card.


    That's because I missed the line in the OP stating they didn't want to play any games. :) If someone's going with a 1080p monitor, I'd assume they either play games, or watch Blu-Ray movies (or perhaps photo edit). Otherwise such a high resolution sort of seems like more than is needed. But that's all about personal preferences. :)
  7. Yeah, the 8400gs is probably about right.
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