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    Hi
    my teenager son built he is own PC earlier this year,
    he got a palit geforce GTX 960 Graphics card & VE228TR monitor.
    Im thinking of getting him another VE228TR monitor as he wants to play games on one & trade/chat on other monitor
    I'm a little confused re cables etc
    If I purchase another VE228TR monitor would I need a cable splitter? as far as I can see the only free output on his PC is a DVI-D.

    Thanks

  • #2
    reference palit card has DVI-D, DVI-I, HDMI 2.0 and Display Port 1.2
    any of them should be able to carry signal and be set as primary monitor/secondary within settings. I'm not super teccied up on it, but i've used both DVI ports with the same type of cable before now I think.

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    • #3
      Thanks. i'm getting myself a bit confused I think!
      currently the main monitor is using dvi-i. so presumably I would need to buy a dvi-d dual link cable when I purchase the 2nd monitor?

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      • #4
        From what I can see (and quick googles) 2 of them side by side should be simples with DVI cables that should come in the box.
        DVI-D cables work on all 4 connection points (2xDVI-D in monitors and 1DVI-D on card and another DVI-I on card)
        So should only need to buy the 2nd monitor.. I'd hope he has separate speakers so no worrying about setting them up.. Speakers on monitors are just a complete no no for anything more than web browsing.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Moonchester View Post
          From what I can see (and quick googles) 2 of them side by side should be simples with DVI cables that should come in the box.
          DVI-D cables work on all 4 connection points (2xDVI-D in monitors and 1DVI-D on card and another DVI-I on card)
          So should only need to buy the 2nd monitor.. I'd hope he has separate speakers so no worrying about setting them up.. Speakers on monitors are just a complete no no for anything more than web browsing.
          Thanks Moonchester, great help.
          speakers... yeah Ive gathered that, the info i've read are that monitor speakers are a waste of space.
          he does use headphones all the time.

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          • #6
            Another option would be a DVI-D/HDMI adaptor. Or a DVI-D/HDMI cable. (Just found one of those lying around in a drawer.)

            Then both monitors could use the DVI-D input.

            I wouldn't have a clue as to whether that is beneficial!
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            • #7
              For 1080p displays, both DVI ports on the card can use a standard DVI cable (DVI-I) to two monitors just fine.
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