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April 12, 2009 5:53:36 PM

My new PC will have a GTX260 with 2 dual link DVI-I connections and a S-Video connections and my monitor has HDMI, VGA and component connections and svideo.

I am currently using a PS3 on the HDMI connection and dont want to keep swappin between the PS3 and PC so would the DVI to VGA connection be good for 1650 x 1050 gaming or will HDMI be better? Also web browsing needs to be good too.

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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 12, 2009 6:20:43 PM

DVI to VGA will be fine.

Mactronix
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April 12, 2009 8:40:36 PM

Yes DVI to VGA will work good for your pc connection. The PS3 is actually utilizing the HDMI better than a DVI to HDMI connectio will. HDMI sends both video and sound, so unless your mobo offers this option... you have no need for the HDMI pc connection.
Of course you will only be recieving a analog signal thus the quality will drop.
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 12, 2009 8:50:02 PM

St-Owned posted,

" Of course you will only be recieving a analog signal thus the quality will drop "

Just to say that while this it technically correct i doubt you would actually notice the differance.

Mactronix
April 12, 2009 9:22:05 PM

Well said Mac! True, you shouldn't notice the difference. Thank you.
April 12, 2009 11:50:52 PM

Yeah there will be no diff between DVI and HDMI.

I need to find out what will scale better on non native res on my monitor. Some people have found HDMI scales better on my monitor then VGA.
April 13, 2009 3:04:27 AM

nekromantik said:
My new PC will have a GTX260 with 2 dual link DVI-I connections and a S-Video connections and my monitor has HDMI, VGA and component connections and svideo.

I am currently using a PS3 on the HDMI connection and dont want to keep swappin between the PS3 and PC so would the DVI to VGA connection be good for 1650 x 1050 gaming or will HDMI be better? Also web browsing needs to be good too.


I find it hard to believe that your monitor has HDMI, but no DVI.


April 13, 2009 3:06:48 AM

mactronix said:
St-Owned posted,

" Of course you will only be recieving a analog signal thus the quality will drop "

Just to say that while this it technically correct i doubt you would actually notice the differance.

Mactronix


How much of a difference you actually notice really depends more on the quality of your monitor.

A crappy 18" @ 1440x900 will not see a difference, whereas a really high quality 30" 2560x1600 monitor will notice some difference.
April 13, 2009 7:55:25 AM

I've seen some monitors with DVI, VGA and HDMI but are very rare, if the PS3 is hooked up to the HDMI port then leave it like that, a PS3 will look better than a computer in HDMI playing games. VGA is fine.
April 13, 2009 8:00:16 AM

I use DVI to VGA @ 1440x900 and its great.
a b U Graphics card
April 13, 2009 12:06:02 PM

Could always use a 3-way or 4-way HDMI switch. I got a 4-way for my kid brother so he could hook up his PS3, Directv HD box, PC, and DVD player to his HD Monitor, which only had 1 HDMI port. It was around $50 and has worked flawlessly. My only regret was having to pay for decent 1.3b HDMI cables, too... :( 
a b U Graphics card
April 13, 2009 12:23:48 PM

Ummm...why downgrade the signal back to analog over VGA? Use HDMI, and buy a $50 3 way HDMI switch if needed.

I only use my VGA port for non-HD gaming (to connect my Wii, for instance...), everything else gets routed through HDMI.
April 13, 2009 1:08:46 PM

The card should have a S-Video to Component dongle which will do 1080i...which for you monitor (1680 x 1050 so it's 22" right???) and it'll be fine.
April 13, 2009 3:35:46 PM

if I can find a cheap switch for HDMI then I will use DVI to HDMI.
Otherwise VGA will have to do.

And yeh most monitors only have either HDMI or DVI not both.
April 13, 2009 3:36:33 PM

raybob95 said:
I find it hard to believe that your monitor has HDMI, but no DVI.


By the sounds of it he's using a tv/monitor combo, in which case it's not unlikely, my tv/monitor only has vga/HDMI instead of a DVI (as well as 50 million other ports but not DVI)
April 13, 2009 6:04:59 PM

yeh its a LG monitor/TV combo.
Its pretty good for what I paid for it. £199
22" 3000:1 contrast.
April 13, 2009 6:32:39 PM

I tell a lie, my monitor does have a DVI-D port
April 13, 2009 6:35:47 PM

raybob95 said:
I find it hard to believe that your monitor has HDMI, but no DVI.


Not really. My 22" wide only has HDMI and VGA.
a b U Graphics card
April 13, 2009 8:42:52 PM

My 24" has S-video, VGA, DVI, and HDMI, not to mention a Spdif passthrough and a 10000:1 contrast ratio (20,000:1 dynamic).

All for $249.99 :D 
April 13, 2009 9:33:01 PM

gamerk316 said:
My 24" has S-video, VGA, DVI, and HDMI, not to mention a Spdif passthrough and a 10000:1 contrast ratio (20,000:1 dynamic).

All for $249.99 :D 


You my good sir... are a bastard...
a b U Graphics card
April 13, 2009 9:38:56 PM

^ a filthy rich bastard...
April 14, 2009 1:52:11 AM

I got a question. If you connect to all those ports gamer mentioned, how do you select which one is seen on screen?
a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2009 2:31:49 AM

You select which one in the "input setting" in the on-screen menu, or some models actually have a button on the outside (like a lot of TV's) where you select the source. Ever seen a button on a TV or it's remote where you select the input? Same thing.
a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2009 12:14:51 PM

My moniter has a button on the side where I cycle through which setting I use (Analog (VGA), Digital (DVI), or HDMI). Same thing for my sound over optical; just turn the dial to the source I want.

Basically, my setup is this:

Video:

PC: DVI -> Moniter
Wii: VGA -> Moniter (via Wii VGA cable)
PS3: HDMI -> HDMI Switch -> Moniter
TV: HDMI -> HDMI Switch -> Moniter

Sound:

PC: 5.1 Analog -> SoundCard
Wii: Stereo RCA -> Wireless headset reciever*
PS3: Digital Optical (DD/DTS) -> Optical Switch -> Wireless headset reciever*
TV: Digital Optical (DD) -> Optical Switch -> Wireless headset reciever*

*My wireless reciever decodes DD/DTS signals over a digital optical connection, and also has stereo RCA ports, which I use for my Wii.

EDIT

For the record, I had to get a dedicated 120 amp line put into my room, just so I wouldn't cause my houses circuit breakers to blow. Needless to say, wire management and heat can be problems...
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