I'm not really looking to upgrade for gaming, more for work stuff which in my case does include some streaming video and lots of images which I need to look at in very fine detail. My monitor is a Dell version of a Sony Trinitron CR monitor - P1130 Trinitron - it's a pretty nice monitor, but I saw someone's Dell Ultrasharp and the images seemed a little sharper. Or maybe it's my perception because that's an LCD? - I don't think the pixel size is that different.
On the Dell website, after lots of looking around, it seemed like the widescreen format Ultrasharps require a higher level video card. So that's why I'm looking to upgrade. My resolution on what I have is 800x600 w 64k color per my system properties.
What happened was - I couldn't find specs for the specific monitors I was looking at , but on Dell's site - http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...1&link_number=
is the specific link - under a very high end monitor they say to click to see if the monitor is compatible. Then that link lists a bunch of video cards and says whether or not they will support this fancy monitor. My card isn't listed. So I was left wondering whether the monitors that are a bit less high end have also outpaced what my card can do.
(and please feel free to point me to links that explain more about video cards, monitor specs etc - I've been reading but am a definite newbie.)
finally - I don't think I have an AGP slot at all - looks like my video card is in my highest PCI slot. And AGP isn't listed anyplace I can find in system properties where it lists PCI, ISA, and USB as bus types.