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Windows 7: Can I upgrade my monitor with the graphics card I have?


18 Jun 2014   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Can I upgrade my monitor with the graphics card I have?

Due to a shoulder injury I need to type and edit photos standing up. I thought I'd upgrade to a large high resolution monitor but wonder if my present system could handle it. The 19" monitor I'm using has a 1440 x 900 native resolution but I want a bigger monitor, maybe 30"and the resolutions are now 1920 x 1200 and 2650 x 1440 at the bigger sizes for photo editing. My HDTV, which I have linked via HDMI is a nice size but the resolution makes everything look very crude. I just can't see what I'm doing.

Do I need to upgrade the graphics card and power supply again? (I had to to install the newer Photoshop about 9 months ago)

I'm attaching system information. Thanks in advance.




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19 Jun 2014   #2

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM
 
 

Yes you should be fine with that card as long as you don't do any gaming. PCs always look worse on TVs through HDMI, so with a large monitor (even at 1080p) you will see a world of difference.
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19 Jun 2014   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for your reply, Boozard. While it's nice to know my resolution would be better if I plugged straight in to the computer input an HDTV (I could do that now but I don't even have 1080 and would want at least the resolution I now have, 1440 x 900 and I've only got half that) but the new monitor resolutions are now 1920 x 1200 and 2650 x 1440 at the bigger sizes. In the spec sheet I posted, it says under the graphics card that the primary display's resolution is 1440 x 900. I still don't know if that refers to the card's maximum or just refers to the native resolution of the 19" screen I now have hooked up.
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19 Jun 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The 1440x900 refers to the current resolution. That does not imply that a bigger resolution is not possible. You should be alright.
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19 Jun 2014   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Oh, great!! Thanks very much!
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