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Question about building a PC

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August 27, 2012 1:21:53 AM

I'm almost ready to start building my first computer, but as I was watching the Newegg videos on how to build a PC, I had a question. In the video, he does an external boot, but I don't understand how he connects the video card to the monitor to get a picture (If that makes sense.) Help is appreciated.

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August 27, 2012 1:25:47 AM

I just don't understand what cable that is, or where he got it.
August 27, 2012 1:25:51 AM

the cable will plug in to the back of the graphics card and run to the monitor

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August 27, 2012 1:29:58 AM

An HDMI/DVI/VGA cable. Depends on what outputs your GPU has.
August 27, 2012 1:36:11 AM

My GPU is an XFX Radeon HD 7770. It has an HDMI and a DVI port. Would it come with the cable, or would I have to buy one?
August 27, 2012 1:37:25 AM

What input does your monitor have?
August 27, 2012 1:37:52 AM

You'll probably have to buy one, but it's a few buck over at Amazon.
August 27, 2012 1:42:22 AM

I believe my monitor has a vga input.
August 27, 2012 1:45:40 AM

Generally graphics cards come with DVI to VGA adapters, and monitor company supplies the cable.
August 27, 2012 1:46:25 AM

Not compatible with your monitor unless it's a specific type of DVI or you get a converter box. Are you sure there are no HDMI or DVI inputs? My HP monitor from 2006 even has a DVI input.
August 27, 2012 1:46:48 AM

There is one other input on my monitor, but I'm not sure what it is.
August 27, 2012 1:49:24 AM

Show us a pic or give us a description of what it lookslike.
August 27, 2012 1:58:17 AM

My monitor says it supports DVI-D and VGA video inputs, so I'm assuming that my other video connector is a DVI-D
August 27, 2012 2:12:26 AM

Isn't DVI-D a certain type of DVI?
August 27, 2012 2:16:26 AM

Nope. VGA and HDMI are totally different.
August 27, 2012 2:22:01 AM

Obasma is right, you'll need a VGA cable or a DVI to VGA cable if you both your monitor and computer don't have DVI's. VGA = Lowest quality, DVI = Medium, HDMI = High quality.
I have a VGA cable :p 
August 27, 2012 2:23:04 AM

HDMI is just DVI with sound. No difference is picture quality.
August 27, 2012 3:59:45 PM

I'm still super confused, sorry :/ . My monitor has VGA and a DVI-D input, and my graphics card has HDMI and A DVI input.
August 27, 2012 4:12:02 PM

Both of them have DVI, correct? So, all you need is to get either:

HDMI to DVI-D cable (HDMI plugs into GPU, DVI plugs into monitor)
DVI-D to DVI-D cable
August 27, 2012 4:24:41 PM

just resaying that it can technically be solved with the dvi(gpu side) to vga convertor.
August 27, 2012 6:17:59 PM

Just get a DVI-D to DVI-D cable and save $8.

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August 27, 2012 6:49:29 PM

That'd work.
August 27, 2012 6:54:22 PM

Alrighty, thank you very much! I'm sorry about my stupid questions. You were a big help!
August 27, 2012 7:09:25 PM

Best answer selected by Brandonp2121.
August 27, 2012 7:29:01 PM

No problem.