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Help hooking up Dell Ultrasharp U2715H

roykirk1 735 166 December 21, 2015 at 06:16 AM
Hi

Got the Dell Ultrasharp U2715H monitor, was planning to hook it up to my PC, a Dell Inspiron 620. I realize my PC is 3+ years old, but... wow, there doesn't seem like there is any way to hook this up?

The PC has VGA out, but monitor has no VGA in.

The PC has something labeled HDMI, but it is not the same HDMI as for my tv. The monitor came with a DP (?) to HDMI cable, but the HDMI end will not plug into the port. I am guessing the cable is directional.

So... how do I hook up the monitor? Is there a cable I can buy? Will I NOT be able to use the monitor's max 2560X1440 resolution?

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The cable you received is probably a mini DP to DP. You can get VGA to DVI adapters but make sure to get DVI-D to get the full resolution. Or you can skip that and just purchase a cheap video card with DVI or DP output which would probably be the better option.
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Quote from roykirk1 View Post :
Hi

Got the Dell Ultrasharp U2715H monitor, was planning to hook it up to my PC, a Dell Inspiron 620. I realize my PC is 3+ years old, but... wow, there doesn't seem like there is any way to hook this up?

The PC has VGA out, but monitor has no VGA in.

The PC has something labeled HDMI, but it is not the same HDMI as for my tv. The monitor came with a DP (?) to HDMI cable, but the HDMI end will not plug into the port. I am guessing the cable is directional.

So... how do I hook up the monitor? Is there a cable I can buy? Will I NOT be able to use the monitor's max 2560X1440 resolution?
What do the HDMI ports look like? It's possible one is mini HDMI. Edit: looking up your specs, you probably can't get native resolution over HDMI either. A cheap display port video card may be your best bet.

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The cable you received is probably a mini DP to DP. You can get VGA to DVI adapters but make sure to get DVI-D to get the full resolution. Or you can skip that and just purchase a cheap video card with DVI or DP output which would probably be the better option.
I'm not sure VGA will be able to handle the native resolution.
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Looks like your PC has HDMI and the monitor does as well. Check your cable, it might be a Display port as someone suggested.

http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/1/...8500_o.jpg

You can probably use a HDMI cable you have on your TV for proof of concept, they are not directional from what I know.
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If your video card is capable of displaying the monitors 2560x1440 resolution, the hdmi cable will work for general usage. The cables included with the monitor are display port cable, power cable and usb cable. I just bought the same screen and hooked it up.
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Hi... So I am using the monitor now, hooked up via HDMI. Looks good, though the max resolution my Integrated Graphics can handle is 2048 X 1152.

Can anyone recommend a video card that is CHEAP and capable of handling 2560 X 1440?

Did some searching on Amazon, and... worried I will end up with something inappropriate. Several say specifically 400 watt power supply required, which does not sound like something my budget Inspiron 620 would have. Also, is HDMI capable of handling 2560 X 1440, ever? Some cards specified different max resolutions for DVI vs VGA, but leave out HDMI?

What specs do I need?

-low profile?
-PCIe?
-low power consumption? I'm guessing my PC has 200 watt supply, maybe even less
-display port only? or HDMI OK too for 2560 X 1440?


Thanks again, any suggestions very much appreciated.
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We could help you more if we knew a bit more about your system. Please either provide your Dell's service tag or go to this page [dell.com] and select "Detect my product".

A video card which "requires" a 400W PSU may work provided you do not play demanding games, though you should be fine with one which draws less. Let us know your system specs first by visiting the above page.
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