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DVI-I and DVI-D setup help?! (TV has one, Video card has the other)

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone. I'm looking to occasionally play some games on my HT system, and for things like parties to play music. I don't need a front end or anything like that since this will not be a dedicated HTPC right now (its normally upstairs in the office).

I have a 6800GT video card which from my research appears to have a DVI-I Dual link connector (3 rows of 8 pins, and 2 contacts above and below the flat blade).

My Hitachi 46" RPTV appears to have a DVI-D Dual link connector (3 rows of 8 pins, and no contacts above and below the flat blade).

I've been on monoprice.com where I plan to order a 15ft cord (please recommend other sites if they are cheaper or higher quality cables), but cannot find a cable that has 1 end -I and the other -D.

I'm wondering if I can just get a DVI-D Dual link cable on both ends and have everything work?

Or if I need to have a specific cable that has 1 at each end? Or an adapter?

I'm looking forward to playing some S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Silent Hunter 4 on this setup, as I can tell there are some LFE's that my current computer sub is not adequately reproducing.

Here's my HT setup for those interested:

-46" Hitachi RPTV

-7.1 surround setup (all Athena gear, F1's in the front, C1 in the center, and B1's for surrounds)

-subwoofer is a PB10-ISD from SVS

-Pioneer VSX-1014TX receiver

Thanks everyone in advance, and I'll post pics of the room if anyone is interested.

justin
post #2 of 5
Yeah, DVI-D cables are just missing the pins for analog signals that a DVI-I cable has, but they will work fine for digital signals when pluged into a DVI-I connector.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much. So a single Male-Male DVI-D cable will link the TV to the video card? Just want to make 100% sure first since I'll be ordering this online.

One more question. This will be a 15ft cable. The 2 cable options I'm seeing on monoprice are for a 24AWG (obviously more expensive) and a 28AWG version for about 1/2 the price. Any reason I should get the 24AWG cable with such a short run distance?
post #4 of 5
Yeah, male to male DVI-D would be what you want. As for length, I've never run a digital video cable that long so I can't rightly speak from exprence, but I imagine you'd be fine with the 28 guage stuff up to at least 1080i.
post #5 of 5
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Can anyone comment on whether the 28AWG is adequate for the 15ft cord, or should I shell out extra for the 24AWG?
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