iMac as pc monitor

Discussion in 'iMac' started by PaulKemp, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. PaulKemp macrumors 6502

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    Hello fellow interneters,

    I'm in the process of acquiring a gaming pc these days. I have a 27" iMac from 2011 from before. If I get a GPU with a full size displayPort adapter, can I connect this to the imac and use the iMac as a monitor? My question is; do I need to get a gpu wtih mini display port out, or can I use any of the DP adapters to get this setup working.

    Regards
     
  2. simsaladimbamba, Feb 8, 2014
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    DisplayPort will suffice and MonoPrice has DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cables.

    EDITED TO ADD: That will not work with 2011 iMacs, only with 2009 and 2010 27" iMacs.
     
  3. PaulKemp thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sweet, will it be detected as a normal external monitor?
     
  4. biohead macrumors 6502

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    No it will not work. Only 2010 models allow an mDP input. 2011 onwards allow thunderbolt inputs only.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Sorry, forgot the year again. Yes, in 2011 (not in 2012 as my mind said to me) the iMac came with TB, thus you need a TB device like any current Mac to connect your iMac to in order to use it as external display.

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