Advice on using 2nd monitor (Dell 2412M) | Which connection?

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  1. RedlegsFan macrumors 6502

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    I am pulling the trigger on a 2015 5K iMac this week on B&H Photo. I have a Dell monitor (2412M) that is currently hooked up to my PC via a DVI cable. I want to use this monitor with my new iMac. The 2412M has a display port connection. Should I:

    1. Just keep my DVI cable and purchase the proper adapter to use with the iMac?

    2. Purchase a Display Port cable and then also purchase the proper adapter to use with the iMac?

    Any advice is appreciated. Also, if anyone can assist with linking to the correct adapter/cable, just so I know that I am buying what will work, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for any help you can provide!!
     
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  3. infinity69, Nov 26, 2016
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    infinity69 macrumors newbie

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    1. You can do that. Many cheap Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters are available on the market.
    2. I prefer this option. A miniDP to DP cable is the same price or even cheaper than a DVI adapter and it supports up to 4k*2k resolution (DVI adapter doesn't). This is a good solution if you want to upgrade your monitor in the future.
     
  4. RedlegsFan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for the information. I will probably just go with the MiniDP to DP cable and keep it simple. Glad to know that will work just fine. Whew :)
     

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