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Buying system today, confused about DVI-I vs DVI-D cables.

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March 19, 2013 12:25:16 PM

I came here yesterday to ask for help with a build, and got a ton of really great answers. Below is everything I'm getting, as per suggestions on that topic.

The problem I'm having now is, I was able to get a bit more money, and I decided to buy a new monitor (mine's a 19" POS.) I was reading a bunch of monitor feedback on newegg, and got really lost and confused about DVI-I and DVI-D cables and monitor connections and video card connections, and basically I just need to know what kind of cord to buy to connect the monitor I'm getting to the video card I'm getting.

Thanks for any help you can give.


Video card:






And I'm also getting
because my power supply (530watt) only has one pci-e cord.


Also, if anyone has any last-minute suggestions before I buy all this, I'd be happy to hear them.

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March 19, 2013 12:39:56 PM

You will be fine with a DVI-D cable.

The difference between DVI-D and DVI-I is that DVI-D is digital only and DVI-I is digital and analog.

That monitor specifically calls out DVI-D and the graphics card you are choosing will support any connector.
a b U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
March 19, 2013 12:43:07 PM

If the monitor doesn't come with one then all you need is a DVI-D single-link cable. Dual-link DVI is only necessary for higher-res monitors. No need to worry about DVI-I (carries both digital and analog[vga] signals), your monitor accepts DVI digital so use it.