I just got a new 20-inch LCD monitor for my main office computer. The graphic card in the computer right now is a GeForce MX 4000. The combination looks fine, although I just installed it and haven’t run through all the apps I normally use yet.
But I happen to have an ATI Radeon 9250 w/256 MB lying around that I could stick in there. This would allow me to connect the monitor with a DVI cable (although I’d have to get a longer cable than the one that came with the monitor).
All I do on this machine is use ordinary office apps: Word, Excel, Access, Web browsing, e-mail, etc. Probably the most graphically demanding work I do is laying out my newsletter with MS Publisher and the occasional bit of photo editing with Photoshop Elements and some other graphics editing programs. The OS is XP Pro.
But I don’t do any gaming or watch DVDs or anything like that.
So should I bother to install the newer ATI card and connect the monitor via DVI? Would it provide any noticeable improvement over the GeForce with the analog connection? What about using the ATI with an analog cable instead of DVI?