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Solved: Rookie question about video/graphics cards

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by barryzito777, Jun 22, 2012.

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  1. barryzito777

    barryzito777 Thread Starter

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    Hey all,

    I picked up a custom built PC through a series of fortunate events and I have a rookie question about the video card. So the motherboard already has an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 and I just not bought and installed an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti. My question is, my monitor is currently hooked up through the VGA port that was on my motherboard from the beginning. But do I have to connect the monitor to the ports that are connected to the new graphics card in order to make use of this card? I ask because the new graphics card only comes with DVI ports. Sorry for the noob-ness of the question. Thanks for any help you can give me.
     
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    In order to use the video card you will have to hook up the monitor to the card. If the cable coming from the monitor is VGA & your video card is only DVI you'll need to either get an adapter, or possibly, if the monitor is fairly new, you might be able to change the cable to DVI. What monitor do you have? Here is an adapter:
    http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-DVI-Cable-Adapter-DVIVGAMF/dp/B000067SOH
    And here is a replacement cable for the monitor: http://www.amazon.com/DVI-D-Single-Panel-Monitor-Cable/dp/B000067SOL
    If your monitor can take the cable that would be the better choice.
     
  3. barryzito777

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    Good to know. Thanks. I'll be getting another monitor soon, this was just a temp solution. Thanks for the info though.
     
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