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New discrete video card with old 19" LCD

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June 23, 2011 4:42:14 PM

Hi all, when playing games, is it pointless to buy a new video card when I'm still using an old 19" LCD monitor?
a c 1406 U Graphics card
June 23, 2011 4:43:51 PM

Depends on the rest of your specs!
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June 23, 2011 5:27:48 PM

sorry I forgot to mention those.

mobo: asus p8z68-v pro
cpu: i7-2600k
memory: Corsair 8gb
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a c 130 U Graphics card
June 23, 2011 5:41:18 PM

Ok thats a start. What PSU do you have ? What Graphics card do you have now ? What CPU are you running, Exact make and model number please don't just post (C2d @ 2.8 Ghz) we need to know the exact model.
And What resolution is the monitor and are you planning or can you afford to get a better monitor if needed ? ( Which it is really)

Mactronix :) 
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June 23, 2011 6:57:00 PM

what does the PSU matter? its an Enermax Liberty 620W. I am using the built in graphics in the 2600k cpu. i'm not sure what the resolution of the monitor is. its a 19" 4:3 LCD. that should give you an idea of how old it is. its at least 4 years old, maybe more. I don't plan on getting another monitor. so if i were to buy a better video card, will my resolution in games be higher or will they remain the same due to the old monitor?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
June 23, 2011 7:10:34 PM

velocci said:
what does the PSU matter? its an Enermax Liberty 620W. I am using the built in graphics in the 2600k cpu. i'm not sure what the resolution of the monitor is. its a 19" 4:3 LCD. that should give you an idea of how old it is. its at least 4 years old, maybe more. I don't plan on getting another monitor. so if i were to buy a better video card, will my resolution in games be higher or will they remain the same due to the old monitor?


The PSU matters because discrete GPU's use additional power and we need to know your PSU can run them before we recommend them. Personally i would feel very bad telling someone to spend $300 on a GPU and have them post back that it isn't working because the PSU dosent have the juice to power it :ouch: 
A 19" at 4:3 is probably 1280 x 1024. This is fixed by the ability of the monitor so what ever the Max supported resolution is is the most you will get no matter what GPU you buy.
Pretty much any discrete card will be better than the Intel solution for gaming. Do you have a budget in mind ?
Ball park i would not go much higher than a 5770 or Nvidia equivalent performance card.

Mactronix :) 
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June 23, 2011 7:38:13 PM

my PSU should have enough power. it has the 6pin power connector for the video card. do video cards these days use more than 6 pins?

if i'll be limited to the resolution of the monitor, there is no point in buying another video card untill I replace my monitor. my budget would probably be $300
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a c 1406 U Graphics card
June 23, 2011 9:38:43 PM

Some cards use 2 connectors 6 pin and 6+2 pin. For your resolution there is very little gain going past HD5770ish card.
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2011 9:43:36 PM

even with your current monitor you will see a good performance boost from almost any card made in the last 5 years, +1 to the 5770 being a god option, maybe a 6850-6870 if you are upgrading the monitor later.
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June 24, 2011 12:02:13 PM

by performance boost, do you mean frames per second? cause I doubt i'll be able to get higher resolution.
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a c 1406 U Graphics card
June 24, 2011 12:21:25 PM

Yes FPS since monitors have a native resolution. HD6850/70 card will perform well even if you upgrade your monitor to a full HD 1080P in the near future.
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