Cables for your new PC
(All available connections can be active at the same time to drive 3 to 4 displays at once.)
Laptop Video Card Options:
RTX 3060, 3070 – 1x HDMI, 1x Mini DP, 1x Type C
RTX 3050- 1x HDMI, 1x Mini DP
3-Monitor Display System – 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
4-Monitor Display System – 4x Mini DisplayPort
- The best way to find what connections your monitors have is to look up the model number online and find the specifications page on the monitor manufacturer’s website. Look for ‘Inputs’.
- Alternatively, look at your monitors and match up your inputs with the pictures below.
- The best connections available today are DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, and HDMI. Use these connections first if possible. Followed by DVI. Use VGA last, only if there are no other options.
- For 1-2 monitor setups, 6 foot long cables should be adequate. For 3+ monitor setups, use 10ft long cables. Don’t get unnecessarily long cables as quality and reliability can degrade as cable length increases.
- Generally speaking, DP, MiniDP, and HDMI can all do 4K resolution (3820×2160) and can also transmit audio over the cable. DVI can do up to 2560×1440 resolution, without audio.
- However, special consideration must be taken for 4K TVs being used as monitors as they require 4K at 60Hz which may need a special cable setup (see below).
Mini DP to HDMI (Buy this if your Video Card from Step 1 has Mini DP outputs and your monitor has an HDMI input) – https://www.amazon.com/Rankie-Mini-DisplayPort-Cable-Ready/dp/B01HXNCN0Q/
Mini DP to 4K 60Hz TV (not monitor) – Use this combo when you have a Mini DP video card from step 1 above and a 4K 60 Hz TV being used as a monitor:
You’ll need 1x of each of the above cables per 4K 60 Hz TV.