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What dvi cable do i need?

Ok i was wondering what kind of dvi cables would i need or is the dvi convertors that comes with the videocard im getting work, i tried using a dvi to vga adapter for my moniter recently and it didnt work, im worried that i might have the same problem with my new video card

heres the card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130356

the pics of the ports it has
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowIm...d%20-%20Retail

the connections my moniter has its a gateway 700g 17 inch moniter
the pic isnt of my moniter but shows what connections i have on it.

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/ima...-vga-ports.jpg


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Any bog standard dvi cable should work. As should a dvi to vga converter. Dvi is by far the better interface, and I would highly recommend using it, without any converters. I don't believe you can up convert vga to dvi, but you can certainly downgrade a dvi signal to vga, but i can't see why you would want to...

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This is another cable that is video only and we will need to bring sound to your television. This is not a high definition cable and is only 480i resolution so I would suggest only using this one as a last resort.


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Let's go over our video only options first. These are options if you only want the video to go to your television and do not want audio. If you are wishing for both audio and video then skip ahead to the next section.

As a rule of thumb you want the cables as short as you can so that there is not any signal degradation that can happen on long cables

VGA is the most common kind of connector out there. It has been used since 1987 in one form or another on desktops as well as laptops and the cables are relatively inexpensive. They range in the 5 - 10 dollar range and can be picked up easily online.

DVI output is usually just on desktop computers but can on the rare occasion be found on a laptop. These cables are a bit pricier but range in the area of 9 - 20 dollars.

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