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    monitor advice please

    Last week I purchased a 3650 desktop from the Dell outlet (i5 6400, 8gb, nvidia GeForce 730 2gb GDDR3,128gb SSD,1TB) for 360 pounds. Now looking to buy a decent HD monitor but was wondering how the basic graphics performance would limit my choices. This set-up won't obviously be used for gaming, only for work and watching videos, films etc. Would it be possible to run a Dell Ultrasharp u2515h for example? Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    Well the on board video on my HP microserver N40L handles playing HD stuff ok so that 730 should be fine.

    The max resolution of the card just fits with that monitor so it'll drive it fine, I'm not sure what sort of experience you'll get at 2560x1440.

    If it's a problem you can probably pick something a bit better up off ebay for pennies.

    Sucks it & see I reckon

    Good luck

    2GB gfx isnt enough to run any gfx intensive games at 1440p; you might be better off getting a decent IPS 1080p screen; the 1440p wont show films any better than the 1080p, and games will run a lot smoother.

    IMHO, 25" is too small for 1440p anyway, unless you have the vision of a young eagle, or sit 8" from the screen.

    The graphics processor is mainly used for 3D work like rendering and gaming, stuff like video playback is either done by dedicated hardware (Quicksync/Purevideo) or the CPU.

    What resolution it supports depends on what outputs it has. If it has DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0 outputs (the latter only on the integrated graphics, the older GT 730 doesn't support it), then it'll run a [email protected] display or anything lower.

    If it only has Dual-Link DVI or HDMI 1.3/1.4 then you'll be limited to 2560x1600.

    If it only has VGA or single link DVI then you're looking at 1920x1080.

    p.s. Your GT 730 is DDR3, GDDR3 hasn't been used for a long time.

    So long as you are just using desktop applications, a GTX 730 will cope fine with 1080p and probably be capable at 1440p. I wouldn't recommend it for gaming at anything higher than 720p, but as you said that won't be a problem for you. So long as your work doesn't involve 3D modelling or CAD design you will be fine.
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