1.    09 Jul 2015 #1
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    Connecting monitor to desktop


    I am sorry if this is a basic question. I am looking to get a new desktop machine and waiting for machines to come out with the new OS pre installed. I have had laptop machines for so long now where you don't need to worry about monitor connections. But with the new machine it totally confuses me how a monitor should connect to the actual desktop machine. DVI, HDMI, VGA??? I know HDMI 1080 is what we want displayed but how should I connect. The gpu I am going to look at is the GTX 980. It looks like it has a myriad of connections including HDMI, DVI etc. so what lead should I be looking to use? HDMI to HDMI? DVI to HDMI? I just wonder what the normal way is?

    cheers Wayne
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  2.    09 Jul 2015 #2
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    I would go HDMI to HDMI.. best resolution.
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  3.    09 Jul 2015 #3
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    I don't know what the current "normal" is.

    VGA is the old analog standard, not optimal for current digital monitors.

    DVI comes in a variety of flavors, but I imagine most people use the digital ones. HDMI is purely digtal, as is DisplayPort.

    I use DisplayPort, because I have a (cheap) UHD (3820X2160) monitor. To get a 60 Hz frame rate with it, I more or less have to use DP. There is a newer HDMI standard that supports UHD at 60 Hz, but I'm not sure that either the 980 or the monitor (Samsung U28D590D) have one.

    Cheap monitors may not have a DP connector, but you probably don't want to pair a cheap monitor with a GTX 980.
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  4.    13 Jul 2015 #4
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    Thanks for the answers guys. I guess I'll look to connect using hdmi cable from the hdmi connector out on the Gtx 980 to the hdmi in on the monitor. Another thing puzzles me though. Audio. I probably will get a iiyama monitor which has built in speakers as part of the desktop order. How do I make these work? Will the sound come through the hdmi connection? I don't really understand if a gpu routes the sound through the hdmi connection too. On the desktop I was just planning to utilise the motherboards on board audio - do I have to make another physical connection to the monitor for sound? I am sorry it's prob basic stuff but many years of gaming laptops where audio and visual are all built in one case has made it tough relating to a new desktop setup. I just want 1900x1080 resolution and reasonable sound coming through the monitor in built speakers. Unfortunately I don't really have the room for a 7.1 speaker setup
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  5.    13 Jul 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottyboy99 View Post
    Thanks for the answers guys. I guess I'll look to connect using hdmi cable from the hdmi connector out on the Gtx 980 to the hdmi in on the monitor. Another thing puzzles me though. Audio. I probably will get a iiyama monitor which has built in speakers as part of the desktop order. How do I make these work? Will the sound come through the hdmi connection? I don't really understand if a gpu routes the sound through the hdmi connection too. On the desktop I was just planning to utilise the motherboards on board audio - do I have to make another physical connection to the monitor for sound? I am sorry it's prob basic stuff but many years of gaming laptops where audio and visual are all built in one case has made it tough relating to a new desktop setup. I just want 1900x1080 resolution and reasonable sound coming through the monitor in built speakers. Unfortunately I don't really have the room for a 7.1 speaker setup
    HDMI carries sound as well as video. The nVidia drivers include digital audio drivers.

    I've never used the capability, but it ought to work.
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  6.    13 Jul 2015 #6
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    Excellent, thank you. Just out of interest how do you connect. Do you have separate speakers or use your monitors?
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  7.    13 Jul 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottyboy99 View Post
    Excellent, thank you. Just out of interest how do you connect. Do you have separate speakers or use your monitors?
    Separate speakers (including a subwoofer) for me. Not audiophile gear, though.
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