Motherboard video ports or GFX card video ports?

hypernexus

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HI,

Building a pc soon and want to get my monitor setup right given the ports on my kit.
Relative spec: GFX: Gigabyte radeon 7950 windforce 3. MOBO: Gigabyte z77-d3h(intel) Monitor : Ben q 24 in vga/dvi CPU: i7 3770k

What ports should/can I use for monitors - the ones on the gfx card, or the ones on the motherboard?

My motherboard has vga, dvi and hdmi, my gfx card has dvi and hdmi.

Monitor 1 (for gaming) only has dvi and vga ( I want to use dvi)
Monitor 2 is a wacom cintiq 22hd with I want connected via a dvi too.

Would running the Cintiq through the motherboard mean I wouldn't get the gfx card's power? I will be using the cintiq for photoshop and mudbox (mud uses gfx card)

I'm confused. Can I use any ports or should I defo be using the gfx card ports?

I have seen hdmi-dvi adaptors but have read hdmi is fussy about resolutions? Could I use a hdmi-dvi adaptor to the cintiq as I know I will only ever be using 1920x1080 on that monitor wheres I may frequently change resolutions on the gaming monitor?

Thanks.
 

thasan1

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you should be using your GFX card's ports. after everything is set up.you could use an adaptern or maybe even use a card with 2 dvi's. i don't think you will get any display if you connect one to the mobo and other to the GFx card. as mobo's one will be de activated.and i don't seem to know much about adapters or HDMI ports.
 

hypernexus

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What is the purpose of the mobo ports? Is it for systems with no dedicated gfx? Thanks for response, the gfx card I'm getting only has one dvi so I will wait to see if anyone can advise on the hdmi-dvi adapter. Cheers

 

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almost all CPU's have built in gfx. older on'es had them embeded in chpsets while new one's have them on processors. so mobo's port connect your monitor to the CPU/chipsets GFX.
 

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