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I think I'm goin to give LCD a shot. I'm looking at Hyundai L90D+ and B90A. The difference between those two is L90D+ has a digital input compatiblity and B90A is just analog. L90D+ costs $30 more because of that reason.
Do I need digital input? Worth $30??

by the way I have GeForce FX5700.
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Well think about it, how does standard cable look against digital cable..same thing does with a monitor, but not as dramatic.

A digital input will enhance colors on the monitor and I've heard it makes everything look more crisp. I haven't used a DVI cable so I can't give you first hand but my girlfriend comp uses DVI and it's pretty clear but it'll only be noticible in games or on larger LCDs.

I got a DVI cable for my 27" but it wasn't $30, it was about half that like $18 or so...but from reviews I saw for my monitor it stated that the VGA comapred to DVI was dramatic enough not to use VGA.
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Originally Posted by livewoutlimit
I think I'm goin to give LCD a shot. I'm looking at Hyundai L90D+ and B90A. The difference between those two is L90D+ has a digital input compatiblity and B90A is just analog. L90D+ costs $30 more because of that reason.
Do I need digital input? Worth $30??

by the way I have GeForce FX5700.
Thanks for the last response and Thanks Again ! !!!
Do you want your video card to decode the video signal or your monitor? That's what it comes down to. There's a huge misconception that digital is better than analog in all applications and that's simply not true. I'd rather have the video card do the decoding instead of the monitor. (only exception would be if i had an old card and a new monitor)
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Here's some reading if you want to know more

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA
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The monitor still has to decode information whether the cable used it DVI or Analog. DVI will give you a better overall picture quality. I use DVI and its amazing. Much clearer than Analog, especially on big monitors, or TVs.

Think of it like HDTV and standard TV. You have digital cable, but you still use analog cables and TV..duh. You would be cutting yourself short. Same with a computer. Your Graphics Card is producing crisp digital graphics, but you cut it short by converting the signal to analog and then displaying them on an analog monitor?????

In the end, its up to you. Its only 30 bucks more. One thing though, if the monitor doesn't come with DVI cables, good luck buying one because they are pricy. My 8' DVI cable by Monster was $150.00.

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In the end, its up to you. Its only 30 bucks more. One thing though, if the monitor doesn't come with DVI cables, good luck buying one because they are pricy. My 8' DVI cable by Monster was $150.00.

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Am I missing something here? I thought this was all you needed to hook your monitor to your GFX card digitally:

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16812189047
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The monitor still has to decode information whether the cable used it DVI or Analog. DVI will give you a better overall picture quality. I use DVI and its amazing. Much clearer than Analog, especially on big monitors, or TVs.

Think of it like HDTV and standard TV. You have digital cable, but you still use analog cables and TV..duh. You would be cutting yourself short. Same with a computer. Your Graphics Card is producing crisp digital graphics, but you cut it short by converting the signal to analog and then displaying them on an analog monitor?????

In the end, its up to you. Its only 30 bucks more. One thing though, if the monitor doesn't come with DVI cables, good luck buying one because they are pricy. My 8' DVI cable by Monster was $150.00.

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You're incorrect. If you output a digital signal out of your video card, you are bypassing the Digital to Analog conversion in the video card and are choosing to have the monitor convert it instead.
Edit: Btw, if you look at the most extreme videophiles, you'll see that they use Component video cabling, not DVI. DVI was not a technological breakthrough, but was a means of helping with copyright protected material.
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One thing though, if the monitor doesn't come with DVI cables, good luck buying one because they are pricy. My 8' DVI cable by Monster was $150.00.
Really? Mine was $20 at Bestbuy. I just didn't get a cable for an HDTV signal, as you did. My PC monitor doesn't function as the centrepiece of my home theatre system- nor is it the 55" that such pricey cables are designed for. Newegg has DVI cables for about the equivalent price ($20); and if you game, you'll notice the difference.

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I'd say get the digital one. In my experience using a DVI connection just looks more crisp and the colors more vivid. Plus if you get the digital monitor you'll have a choice of using DVI or VGA.

It really depends on the monitor which one looks better. On my Dell digital 17" DVI definately looks much better and the same goes w/ my sister's 19" digital Dell.
on my viewsonic hooked up to my HTPC both DVI and VGA look about the same.



oh, and to the guy who posted the DVI cable yeah, you need the cable in order to connect a monitor up... DVI to DVI, but you have to have a monitor that can accept DVI input. if your monitor only has analogue VGA inputs that cable won't do you any good.
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mine was $8 on eBay... i like DVI, but in reality i don't know if it is that much better...i know its nothing new. SUN MICROSYSTEMS invented DVI 10years ago, just in a diff connector shape (but still digital signal)
Personally, i would like to use component video out as that would provide optimum quality unmatched by dvi or vga....but in any case the cable isn't $30
    
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