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Integrated video card upgrade?

Hewlett-packard / Rx885aa-aba a6000n
March 4, 2010 at 00:23:23
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.2 GHz / 2941 MB
I just purchased a monitor (Hanns G 20" WS) with an hdmi option for connection, along with the standard vga. The images seem fuzzy to me and not at all crisp. Is the integrated video card responsible for the poor image quality or do I need to adjust the settings. For some reason, I am not given many options for adjusting the settings (60Hz only option given for refresh rate, 1600 x 900 is the highest option). I am a novice, but capable and I entertained the idea of upgrading the PSU and VC. A review on newegg suggested this VC would not require a PSU upgrade but everything else I read recommends it. I am not a big gamer, I just want the image to be crisp, and who knows, I might find the time to pop a game or two in as well. Thanks for the help...oh yeah, I almost forgot...the motherboard is a Asus M2N68-LA, and I have a low profile slot available. Will the VC fit, If I go that route?

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March 4, 2010 at 00:31:52
60Hz only option given for refresh rate

That is normal for an LCD monitor as LCD monitors do not flicker the way CRT monitors did. A higher refresh rate is not necessary.

LCD monitors also have a native resolution at which they work best. At anything other than the native resolution there has to be some interpolation of pixels to make it all fit. This will cause a deterioration in quality. Your manual will tell you what the native resolution is.

The reason for this is that LCD monitors have a fixed pixel size where with CRT monitors the pixel size was infinitely variable depending on the scan frequencies.


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March 4, 2010 at 05:23:46
Here's your system specs:

Here's your motherboard specs:

The HD 4670 is a decent card, but if you're not a gamer, it's probably more card than you need. A few lower cost possibilities would be the Radeon HD 4350, HD 4550 or HD 4650 or on the Geforce side, the 210 GT or 220 GT.

This chart may be helpful:

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March 4, 2010 at 13:36:02
Try all the available resolutions. You 'might' find one that works for you. If not, a new card is probably called for. You can certainly trust Jam's recommendations.

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