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Second Monitor for gtx670 pc - New HDMI monitor or HDMI/DVI adapter?

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July 25, 2013 6:18:10 AM

So we have this gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and currently a 23" cheap monitor that only has vga and dvi connections which is connected to the dvi port on the card with a dvi/vga adapter that came with the card.

My son would like to add a second monitor for his streaming program and other things to be visible while gaming. Since he doesn't need any fancy graphics on the second monitor we tried to connect an old 18" hp monitor we had laying around. The problem is the monitor has only vga and when we got a dvi adapter we discovered the second dvi port on the gpu is dvi-d which apparently needs to be transcoded to adapt to vga.

So our options appear to be to either:
1) adapt the main monitor from hdmi to dvi instead of dvi to vga and then use the vga adapter to connect the old monitor, or:
2) buy a new hdmi ready monitor. Is this correct?

Obviously I would rather get a $20 adapter than a $130 monitor, but will that even work (and if so what adapter should I look for)? In our tour of Radio Shack and Best Buys last night we found very little in the way of adapters (or help...)
a b C Monitor
July 25, 2013 7:13:43 AM

Connect the 23" via the second DVI port. 18" via DVI-I>VGA adapter.
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July 25, 2013 7:26:33 AM

Yeah, this is where we ran into problems. We got an adapter at radio shack last night and when we tried to use the second dvi port on the card the adapter didn't fit, which is when we noted that the cover we took off the 670's second port said 'dvi-d' and the adapter said it would not work for dvi-d. We then tried to use the adapter that came with the card in the second dvi port and it didn't fit either, which led me to believe it is dvi-d only? So, in summary both adapters will work in the first dvi port on the card but neither fit the second (the one labeled dvi-d on its protective cover), which seems odd and has left me rather confused....
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a b C Monitor
July 25, 2013 7:30:30 AM

So plug your DVI monitor into the SECOND port, and the VGA one into the first.
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July 25, 2013 7:39:13 AM

Duh, THAT's where we were being stupid! I suspected it was something like that. The dvi connection on the monitor is dvi-d right? We were thinking it would just use the dvi-i port which wouldn't help us at all......
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a b C Monitor
July 25, 2013 7:42:15 AM

The second DVI port wouldn't be much use if it couldn't be used...
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July 25, 2013 7:49:02 AM

I had the same thought, which was why I figured I'd better swallow my pride, admit my stupidity and ask for help....

We might have figured it out if we hadn't lost the dvi cable that came with the monitor....

Thanks for your help (and patience)!!
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a b C Monitor
July 25, 2013 7:50:15 AM

Ah. You know, you would have got a better picture if you'd kept the DVI cord and used that.
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July 25, 2013 7:59:24 AM

Yeah, makes sense now. It was my first build (joint project with my 15yr old son) and we were going from an 8 yr old hp with a hd x600 gpu so we could have connected the monitor with bailing wire and duct tape and it probably would have looked pretty good......

I can't complain though, this is the first problem we've had. Everything else has worked perfectly from the start, so I guess I can deal with a lost dvi cable.
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a b C Monitor
July 25, 2013 8:07:07 AM

OK. Should be a couple of dollars anywhere.
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