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Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by jack_bauer, Aug 11, 2005.
I want the Dell 2405, i just want to know if my computer will be able to run it smoothly.
Technically you need a gfx card that supports the 19200x1200 rez else than that I don't see why it couldn't work!
It should work - even if you have the Quicksilver's original video card (the Geforce 2MX w/32MB VRAM), you should be able to use the monitor's large native resolution of 1920 x 1200.
However, if you plan to do more that surf the net and use Office (i.e games or iMovie), the little GeForce will struggle and I recommend that you plan on upgrading to a better video card. I recommend getting the $120 Radeon 9600 Pro 64MB from Other World Computing. It is a G5 card modded by OWC to work in G4 computers. It's cheaper than the slower Radeon 9000 and a little better than a Geforce 5200Ultra. It's also fully compatible with OSX Tiger's Core Image features. Alternately, you could shoot the wad and go for the $250 Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition 128MB, which will take anything you can throw at it.
I have a nVidia TNT, with 16 MB of RAM. And it drives a 1280x1024 screen just fine. Take what you will.
iMovie will perform the same on a G5 with a 5200 Ultra as a X850XT. The only video apps that benefit from a good graphics card are apps lie Motion.
But it is very true that games will need a much better graphics card.