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[Cables] VGA vs DVI vs HDMI... Which one?

post #1 of 19
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I currently have a 22'' LCD Widescreen that has a res of 1920x1080 and I am using a VGA cable.

VGA cables support the lowest res, followed by DVI than HDMI.


There are a lot of kind of VGA cables and the one I am using does support the res I am running at so would there be any difference in switching from a VGA cable that supports 1920x1080 too a DVI cable that supports that same res but even higher ones too. Same thing w/ HDMI.
post #2 of 19
DVI and HDMI are both a digital signal, the only difference between them is that HDMI carries sound.

DVI will look a heck of a lot better than VGA. To me, VGA always looks kinda fuzzy, but as soon as you put a digital cable on there, it will look completely crisp and clear.
post #3 of 19
yes you will get a better overall image and the response time is lower with digital cables, i personally switched to hdmi via an adapter on dvi port. i saw a drastic difference in detail and smoothness in gameplay. i'm a home theater tech on the side so i do know that for a fact. dvi will do just fine, but if you have the option for hdmi, do that
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post #4 of 19
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Yes I do have an options for HDMI on my screen but I want to keep the audio running through my soundcard.


on 1-10 whats the difference between VGA and DVI

same but now on DVI and HDMI
post #5 of 19
Vga - 1
DVI - 10

HDMI will only output sound if your graphics card supports it. You'll still get sound from your sound card.

DVI - 10
HDMI - 10

However, that is my opinion. I have run both HDMI and DVI on my monitors, and saw no discernible difference.
post #6 of 19
From my experience I agree with h33b... avoid VGA and go with either DVI or HDMI whenever possible. DVI is the cheaper route.

VGA 1
DVI / HDMI 10 (assuming audio is not needed, if it is then HDMI is the easiest option)
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post #7 of 19
VGA supports resolutions up to 2560x1600 @ 60hz.

You should be using DVI connections though, there is no reason not too.

Read this for more info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_connectors
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post #8 of 19
Try and find a used computer store around your area. I get my DVI cables for $1.
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post #9 of 19
Go DVI. vga is almost gone anyway (my motherboard doesn't even support an adapter of it)
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post #10 of 19
-VGA is analog video.
-DVI is digital video.
-HDMI is DVI + audio.
-Your monitor displays digitally.
-Your monitor does not have speakers (as far as I can tell).
-Your video card outputs digitally.


Do the math.
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