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January 7, 2014 1:45:52 PM

I've been searching a lot and with the help of this community i've picked out which monitors I want. I'm going to have 3 of these: http://www.amazon.com/Acer-H236HL-bid-23-Inch-Widescree... using Nvidia surround on my GTX 780. I have a couple of questions before placing my order...

1) Will they all be able to connect to my graphics card?

2) Will the quality be the same on all three monitors? (there is only one HDMI port, and two other ports that look like vga/dvi or something with a very minor difference between them)

3) Do I need any extra adapters or cables to hook them up/get the best quality out of all of them?

Thanks in advance!
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January 7, 2014 1:57:27 PM

Find out what brand your card is, or your outputs. That monitor has VGA, DVI, and HDMI, so if your card has all of those, you're in luck. The VGA will have a lower quality, but probably not noticeable.
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January 7, 2014 2:13:25 PM

ewok93 said:
Find out what brand your card is, or your outputs. That monitor has VGA, DVI, and HDMI, so if your card has all of those, you're in luck. The VGA will have a lower quality, but probably not noticeable.


My card is a Galaxy GTX 780. Just looked it up and it has 1 "display port", 1 HDMI, 1 DVI-I, and 1 DVI-D. What's the difference between the DVI-I and the DVI-D?
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January 7, 2014 2:19:35 PM

If you card has 2 DVI and one DP just run the 2 DVI's out and than get an Active DP - DVI adapter for the third monitor with the active adapter you will get equal quality to all three screens. Or use and HDMI for the third.
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January 7, 2014 2:21:08 PM

Both options will work, but active dp-dvi is expensive.
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January 7, 2014 2:23:33 PM

I doubt it. I don't know what they come with though.
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January 7, 2014 2:27:02 PM

ewok93 said:
I doubt it. I don't know what they come with though.


What cables do I need then? Just one HDMI then 2 DVI along with the adapter?
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January 7, 2014 2:31:06 PM

You need an HDMI, a DVI-D (the D is VERY important), and a VGA cable.
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January 7, 2014 2:32:06 PM

Most monitors will ship the cheapest cable they can odd are it will be a VGA cable. Mine only have DVI on them so they shipped with DVI. Check the page for the content of the shipment. Buy two DVI Cables and Either and HDMI or an DP-DVI Active or Passive adapter. Passive is low quality low resolution. Active will give you better its about $20-$30 for the adapter in this case you'd buy 3 DVI Cables.
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January 7, 2014 2:34:49 PM

Also after reading the reviews on this monitors people are claiming it seems to have an issue with ghosting.
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January 7, 2014 2:38:04 PM

People complain about everything, I haven't seen a monitor where people don't complain about ghosting.
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January 7, 2014 2:41:01 PM

So with Avocade's solution I get the best quality on each monitor, but it's more expensive, or I can go with ewok93's solution which is cheaper, but gives me less quality on the third monitor. Correct?
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January 7, 2014 2:44:18 PM

Correct. Personally I can't tell the difference between VGA and DVI/HDMI/DP from a foot away, but some people can.
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January 7, 2014 2:47:55 PM

Alright. Thank you both for you help. I'll probably go with Avocade's solution just because i'm willing to pay a little more for better quality. Oh, and one last thing, can either of you recommend me one of those DP-DVI Active cables?
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January 7, 2014 2:48:03 PM

No, not necessarily. You can run and HDMI for the 3rd monitor HDMI and DVI are very close in quality. to keep cost down you could do 2 DVI and 1 HDMI. I was just giving you options! :)  Ewoks solution is just as effective!
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January 7, 2014 2:51:08 PM

Avocade said:
No, not necessarily. You can run and HDMI for the 3rd monitor HDMI and DVI are very close in quality. to keep cost down you could do 2 DVI and 1 HDMI. I was just giving you options! :)  Ewoks solution is just as effective!


Yes, I was going to use one dvi and hdmi, but the other DVI input is different and supposedly won't work, which is why I need either the adapter that Ewok suggested or the DP-DVI Active thing that you suggested.
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January 7, 2014 2:59:53 PM

DVI-I is both and Analog and Digital where as DVI-D is all Digital. Just set the DVI-I as your main or middle monitor so it can be recognized on Splash and Bios if necessary.
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January 7, 2014 3:05:10 PM

Avocade said:
DVI-I is both and Analog and Digital where as DVI-D is all Digital. Just set the DVI-I as your main or middle monitor so it can be recognized on Splash and Bios if necessary.


But the cord will only plug into DVI-D, not DVI-I, like the picture that ewok posted, right?
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a b U Graphics card
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January 7, 2014 3:05:59 PM

Well, you can get a DVI-I cord then.
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January 7, 2014 3:08:34 PM

Pick whats easiest for you. Any of these choices will do well for what you're trying to achieve don't over think or over complicate it.
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January 7, 2014 3:16:23 PM

ewok93 said:
Well, you can get a DVI-I cord then.


I can't find a cord that plugs into dvi-i on one side and dvi-d on the other, mind helping? Needs to be ~6ft and preferably black.
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January 7, 2014 3:18:17 PM

Dvi-D cable works on both DVI-I and DVI-D
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January 7, 2014 3:26:02 PM

Oh, thanks. Ewok confused me by saying "Well, you can get a DVI-I cord then." I thought they were two different things.
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January 7, 2014 3:29:32 PM

He wasn't trying to confuse you just trying to help.
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January 7, 2014 3:34:09 PM

Yep, I know. Thank you very much, both Avocade and Ewok. I'm going for 2 DVI cables and 1 HDMI cable.
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January 7, 2014 3:36:02 PM

Should work nicely, good luck!
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