[ubuntu-uk] OT : Need stuff

Adam Bagnall bagnaj97 at googlemail.com
Tue Feb 3 16:38:57 GMT 2009


On 2/3/09, Ciaran Mooney <general.mooney at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hey,
>
> My computer monitor just died. :( Booo. So I'm in the market for a new
> TFT screen. Just wanted to garner some opinions about good value
> monitors.
>
> Also I don't think my current graphics card can handle a larger
> screen, it can only just cope with basic desktop effects! So I'll
> likely be needing a new graphics card too. Now I know this means going
> with ATI or nVidia, both of which have either rubbish open drivers, or
> dodgy evil closed ones. I've used nVidia before, and they seem to be
> less painful. However I again have no idea about which graphics cards
> are good value.
>
> It'd be great if there were any commercial cards with open drivers
> that'd be great. Essentially I'm lazy, and open drivers tend to be
> less hassle.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Ciarán
>
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I'd go with a recent nvidia card as my experiences with ati haven't been
great. An 8400gs is cheap, will have enough power for desktop effects and
recent drivers have added acceleration for video playback which drastically
reduces the load on your cpu.
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=nvidia_vdpau_gpu&num=1
As a bonus you can get fanless versions of the 8400gs if noise is an issue.
The nvidia-settings app also makes setting up dual displays etc very simple.

As for displays I'm not that clued up but I've found even cheap no-name brand
ones to be reliable, although they sometimes look a bit washed out.



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