VGA Work with New Monitors?

I use an older computer with a VGA monitor connection. Will the newer monitors work with the VGA connection?
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Some will, but many will not.  VGA was obsolete even fifteen years ago, replaced by DVI, itself in turn replaced by HDMI, in turn in the process of being replaced by DisplayPort.  For any specific monitor, look on the back for a VGA connector or consult the owner's manual.

If you're shopping for a replacement, a possible alternative to a monitor is a flat-screen TV.  These can often be bought cheaply off Craigslist when people upgrade their TVs to bigger sets.  Many have VGA input connectors on the back and are bigger than entry-level PC monitors.
Mark01Author Commented:
I'm going to build a computer later this year. Eventually, I will have a new primary computer and older backup computer with VGA. Can the current motherboards/video cards be used with VGA?
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Can the current motherboards/video cards be used with VGA monitor?

Yes, the only thing you'll need is a Display Convertor adapter. something like HDMI to VGA / DisplayPort to VGA / DVI to VGA depends on the Video out ports on your Graphic Card (just use a converter cable to  VGA).
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Modern motherboards don't have VGA outputs from the on-board video chipsets - either HDMI or DisplayPort is now the standard.  However, an inexpensive add-in video card such as a Radeon 5450 has both VGA and HDMI outputs.

Note that if you're planning to keep your VGA monitor, I advise against it.  There is an enormous difference in image quality between a VGA monitor (analog, smears pixels, limited number of resolutions) and HDMI (digital, no smearing, many resolutions).  Better (per Ramin supra) to convert the old system's VGA to HDMI.

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Mark01Author Commented:
Thank you, Dr. Klahn and Ramin. I just opened a new question about the VGA to HDMI Conversion.
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