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LCD Monitor-analog or digital?

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  1. thewolfe

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    LCD Monitor-analog or digital?

    A friend who has a standard monitor now, is thinking about buying an LCD monitor. Should I steer her towards analog or digital? If it's digital, does she need to install a new video card?
     
  2. gotrootdude

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    If she's a gameplayer, steer her back to CRT.... I don't use LCD because of the lower refresh rates.
     
  3. Kazrath

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    High end digital LCD's are much better than CRT's. They refresh faster and don't flicker

    But your looking at $2000 dollars for a high end 20" LCD

    Otherwise the previous post is correct. Bang for buck CRT are still better.
     
  4. Kazrath

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    May be a tad bit off on pricing havent looked for a new monitor ina couple years... But LCD's havent dropped in price much so i would stell guess around the 1200-2500 range.
     
  5. thewolfe

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    What about the video card. need a new one w/ LCD?
     
  6. slawless

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    it depends on you video card and LCD monitor. you will have to check if your card has 2 outputs, a standard analog and a digital (DVI) output. Then check the monitor you are thinking about to see if it has digital or analog inputs. Obviously, if the monitor you want is DVI only and your card is analog only you will need a new card.

    How can you tell analog from DVI?

    analog:

    ---------------------
    / 0 0 0 0 \
    / 0 0 0 0 0 \
    / 0 0 0 0 0 0 \
    ----------------------------

    digital (DVI):

    _________________________
    ! 0000 0000 0000 0000 !
    ! 0000 0000 0000 0000 __ !
    ! 0000 0000 0000 0000 !
    ! 0000 0000 0000 0000 !
    ---------------------------------------

    these images are not to scale and the number of 0 (connector) may not be exact. the analog looks alot like a serial port. nothing looks like a DVI.

    My video card has both outputs but my LCD has only analog input. Digital is the best way to go if you are going LCD. I will second the advice (or third) given above about LCD vs CRT and gaming.

    Steve L
     
  7. slawless

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    I just saw my illustrations. they are a bit distorted from the ones submitted. Sorry, but it still will give you an idea

    steve L
     
  8. compilerxp

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    - Digital LCDs have a noticably better picture than ANALOG LCDS, and they have a faster display rate.

    - LCDs do NOT have a refresh rate (like monitors), but they have a SPEED issue on how fast they can draw the screen. Higher end models tend to be faster.

    - For many 17" displays and smaller, Digital is not needed, especially for the 15" models. For 18" and bigger, I would NOT touch an LCD without a DIGITAL input. As the screen gets bigger this becomes important. I've set up a 24" SAMSUNG display for a client... this $3500 unit looked good.... (like his older 19" display) then I hooked it to the Digital... and its like WOW!
     
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