I have an old vga lcd monitor. Unless im completely daft I only see a vga connection on the back. Im way out of the new computer buying world but from what I can tell gpu's are hdmi standard these days. how do I go about solving this issue if i build a new pc? use a converter? get a new monitor even though this one seems very fine? or find a vga output gpu? i use nvidia.
Most GPUs come with DVI standard still, many do have HDMI or Display Port, but DVI is still the most used. With that said most cards also come with a DVI to VGA adapater as an accessory, so you have nothing to worry about.
Some people prefer the display on old CRT monitors. I can see why.
This happened to me, I went to best buy and a bought a DVI to VGA connector, about 20 dollars, all i had to do was take off the old cord from my monitor and put the new one on and plug it into a DVI port
Their are benefits in both saving space and smaller electric bills if you were to purchase a new LCD monitor. Depending on how much you use your computer you could easily save enough in a year to have the newer LCD monitor pay for itself.
That being said, most video cards come with DVI output and a combination of HDMI, display port and mini display port for additional connections. Higher end cards have the VGA to DVI converters as Helltech states. If you purchase a card that does not come with one of these, they can be found relativly cheap at Amazon.com