27" ACD and PC?

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  1. KyleKlink macrumors regular

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    Im thinking of building a PC and want to have a nice monitor to connect it to. The 27" ACD seems ideal as I am used to the screen on my 27" iMac (which I will be selling). Reading through the specs of the ACD it almost seems like it wouldn't work with a PC.

    Will it be possible to connect a PC to the 27" ACD with some sort of adapter? It seems illogical to limit the display to only Mac devices.
     
  2. valmar macrumors member

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    Yes, it is possible as long as you use the right adapters and cables.

    Take a look at the ports of your graphic card. If it has HDMI, DVI or DisplayPort, you can use an adapter to convert it to Mini DisplayPort (That's what your ACD uses).

    Your graphic card should also be able to run a high resolution of 2560x1440.
     
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    I have a DVI to mini-display port adapter that I use to connect my MBP to my Dell monitor. Would that work? It would just be working in reverse of what it does now.
     
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    That won't because you need a female miniDP, and that adapter is male. Converting DVI to miniDP requires an expensive active adapter
     
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    Could you point me towards such an adapter? Link to one?
     
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    Here is one. Doubtful you could find one cheaper, as it will require dual link dvi, so you would have to buy the display and a $200 adapter...
     
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    Ouch. I'm going to pass on the ACD then. You'd think a higher level of compatibility would be beneficial. Oh well.
     
  9. valmar macrumors member

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    I had a similar problem and I solved it by buying a new graphic card with display port (Ati radeon 5750). Then I bought a mini display port to display port adapter (cheap).

    Both together costed me around 120 bucks having a new graphic card and the possibility to use a ACD.
     
  10. Vice92 macrumors regular

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    As valmar said, the better route is to definitely get a graphics card with a display port, rather than having to use an adapter (which is about $179).
     
  11. valmar macrumors member

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    The price of the adapter depends on the resolution required.
    For higher solutions like 2560x1440, the 27" ACD uses, you need the atlona dp-400 which costs 199 bucks.
    For lower ones (like single link DVI) you are fine with the atlona dp-200 which is a little cheaper.

    But as already said, buying a new graphic card would make most sense.
     
  12. KyleKlink thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah that sounds like a much better idea. Since I don't yet have the computer (I plan on building it next month) I can easily change the video card in my order. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    There are also a couple video cards out there that have mini-dp built in. No adapter necessary

    Cheapest one I found on newegg: Link
     
  14. valmar macrumors member

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    Hey, thanks for that link. Great post!

    Getting the similar XFX Radeon HD 5750 700M ($129) + Adapter ($10) might be a bit cheaper tho (around 30 bucks).

    To be honest, I'd spit on those 30 dollars and get the one with a build-in mDP xD
     

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