OK, so I have a new PC arriving Tuesday and today, for some odd reason, it occurs to me to look up the spec on the video card. So, I'm paging through them and I see this (it's an 8800GTX):
• PCI-E 16X
• DVI-I, DVI-I, HDTV
• SLI Capable
hmmm.... somethings missing... oh wait- THERE'S NO VGA INTERFACE!!! Instead of initially panicking I look over the other cards. Geforce 7 series... no VGA interface.. OK, maybe they don't list it since it might be pretty common... let me just check the 6800 series.... well, look at that: VGA interface. well frack me with a stuffed porcupine. So, if I want to fire up my new baby on Tuesday I need to find a new monitor quickly- not that I haven't been looking for the last 2 years (and probably started multiple topics on the subject of finding a new one) or so but never really felt justified in getting one. I need to find one locally though- I don't want to spend extra money for next day shipping.
Anyways, I found that the local Staples has this is stock, a Viewsonic vx1945wm
which comes with the DVI cable already and they are selling for $279.99, which will put it just under $300. They have a model that's 50 bucks less but doesn't include the DVI cable and it looks like that would run me 30-50 bucks anyways as ordering online is definitely out right now.
Just thought I'd share this tip: make sure you know everything about your new PC when you order it to avoid nice little surprises like this at the last minute. Now hopefully the case will actually fit in my PC desk....