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Hey Guys,
So I'm away from my place so I can't test any of this out but I am hoping to get a long HDMI cable to go to my TV so I can easily watch media from my PC to my TV. But I can't remember what I really need to accomplish this.

So right now I have:
Left Monitor: 2007fp DVI <---> HDMI port on 670
Center Monitor: 3007wfp DVI <---> DVI port on 670
Right Monitor: 2007fp DVI <---> DVI port on 670

So I have the display port left, but only have HDMI on my TV.

Due to the distance of the cable run, I'm likely looking at a 40ft HDMI cable, so I'd likely grab a redmere HDMI cable off of monoprice or something. But here's the thing. Do I need an active DP->HDMI adapter? Would it be better for my to get an DP->DVI adapter for one of the PC monitors and use the HDMI port on the 670 to go straight to the TV?

Also, I can't remember, but I'd imagine I will need to switch the audio source to move the audio to the TV via HDMI rather than my soundcard -> speakers... via Windows control panel?!

For some reason I can never remember when I do and do not need an active DP adapter.

Thanks Guys.
 
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Imo, use a passive DP->DVI adapter, and then use HDMI to the TV- this way sound goes over the HDMI cable, depending on your situation you can do several things to route audio to the TV. On an application by application basis route audio through that output (i.e. XBMC->TV) or event based (use the Windows button on a MC Remote to switch the audio from PC Speakers -> tv) or manually (via control panel)
    
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That's kind of what I was leaning towards, just simpler (HDMI<--->HDMI)...

at what point though would one need an active DP adapter?
 
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That's kind of what I was leaning towards, just simpler (HDMI<--->HDMI)...

at what point though would one need an active DP adapter?

In my experience, you would need it when your resolution exceeds 1080p resolution (aka. 1440p/1600p) and/or higher fresh rates.

For what it's worth, if you ever do plan on using a 1440p/1600p monitor and need to plug it into the Displayport, do yourself a favor and don't go the cheap route. I thought I was smart buying a Bizlink off eBay (these were confirmed to be the working ones that Eyefinity users bought in the past), and not only did it not work, I ended up spending even more by getting one from the Apple store. redface.gif
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