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May 24, 2010 11:24:31 PM

Hi all,

I thought I was slightly above agerage with tech knowledge as I have been studying "things" to ultimately guide me in the direction of building my own computer. I'm looking at a system on newegg with only One review ... which is dreadful and was looking at the back of it to see if there was an HDMI connection when it suddenly occured to me that I have really NO idea how I would hook this up to my display: 42" lcd tv ... which card to you connect to or is there a cable to join the two?? This really is embarrasing ... I realy thought I kew enough to start a build... :( 

Check out the 1 review and see the pic of the back:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was also wondering if people could take a look at what I have placed in the theoretical shopping cart to see if what I have chosen is all compatible... or to make any suggestions




COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced Black Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


$99.99 $99.99




EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard


$199.99 $199.99



ZALMAN ZM750-HP 750W Continuous @ 45°C (Maximum Continuous Peak: 850W) ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Modular LED Heatpipe-Cooled SLI P


$184.99 -$55.00 Instant $129.99




Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930


$288.99 $288.99



OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


$164.99 -$58.00 Instant $106.99




G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8TU-6GBPI

$184.99 $184.99




Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


$74.99 -$15.00 Instant $59.99



LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

$27.99 $27.99




Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders


$99.99 $99.99




COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

$59.99 $59.99




**** EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card


$224.99 -$20.00 Instant $204.99

-----------------------------------------------------------------------OR---------------------


**** EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


$349.99 $349.99



Rosewill RTK-045 45 Piece Premium Computer Tool Kit

$19.99


Subtotal: $1,483.88 / ~1588



Thanks in advance for your help,
Cog



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May 24, 2010 11:36:01 PM

Just get an DVI to HDMI Adpter to hook it up to your TV, assuming you have HDMI on your LCD ($5 at newegg.com). It may have a DVI port so you can just hook directly to that like a regular monitor.
May 24, 2010 11:52:35 PM

question is ... hook it up to Which of the 2 cards??
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May 24, 2010 11:54:44 PM

do you plan to run the GTX260 in SLI? I notice the mobo is SLI. If not, look at the ATI 5770. It offers similar performance to the GTX260, uses less energy, runs cooler, and you can run a HDMI cable directly to your TV.

the GTX260 you are looking at comes with a DVI to HDMI adapter (you don't need to buy a separate one like the poster above stated), the the black adapter in this pic.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...

in order to have audio sent along the HDMI cable though, you need to hook up the SPDIF internal cable, far right black cable in the pic above.

the ATI 5770 does not have issue and sends both audio/video through the HDMI.
May 24, 2010 11:56:42 PM

cognitoo said:
question is ... hook it up to Which of the 2 cards??


you state GTX260 or GTX470 so it would be whichever one you choose.
May 25, 2010 12:56:59 PM

hi again,

I don't think anyone is looking at the prebuilt computer in question. :pt1cable: 

The computer has 2 gtx 260's in it so of course I would be running that one in SLI ... it's already SLI ... the question is ... WHICH card connects to the monitor via hdmi with a converter? Which Card? Is there an adapter that connects the 2 Cards together from the back of the computer?

I am not asking about running the custom build in SLI as I would probably not do that with a 470 if I chose that as the card as the option. However, if I go with the DUAL gtx 260 prebuilt computer in question, which card do I hook to or how do I connect them together?

Would you even buy that system given it's one and only negative review?

Thanks again,

Cog
May 25, 2010 2:17:57 PM

No. I won't buy even if it has excellent review. Take more advise and just built your own. You can select the good graphics card (get from the 5xxx series) instead of two aging gtx260. It will even come out cheaper that way too.

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May 25, 2010 2:27:40 PM
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cognitoo said:
hi again,

I don't think anyone is looking at the prebuilt computer in question. :pt1cable: 

The computer has 2 gtx 260's in it so of course I would be running that one in SLI ... it's already SLI ... the question is ... WHICH card connects to the monitor via hdmi with a converter? Which Card? Is there an adapter that connects the 2 Cards together from the back of the computer?

It'll be the top card that does the outputting.
May 25, 2010 5:26:38 PM

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May 25, 2010 5:28:27 PM

Thank you Mousemonkey!!!

any chance you can comment on the worthiness of that system [based on th single horrible review] or should I just take other peoples advice and BUILD my own??

May 25, 2010 5:42:42 PM

For that kind of money I would say build it yourself, regardless of the egg review.
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