Hey duders, I've been thinking about hooking up my PC to my TV so I can play from the couch like Vinny and Brad always talk about, but I'm not sure the best way to do it. I know that there is at least one specific arrangement of cables and adapters I can use, but I'm not sure what the most cost-effective way would be.
Situation: A PC with 2 DVI out ports and whatever the standard is for basic audio (3.5 mm I think?), approximately 30-35 feet away from a TV with inputs for HDMI, DVI with RCA audio, and I think optical audio.
I'm trying to price out my options on Monoprice, but I can't decide what combination of cables, lengths, and adapters to go with, considering what components I already have, which are:
- Short-medium DVI cable
- An RCA-to-3.5 adapter (which I don't think really works for any of these combinations)
- Short-medium RCA cables
- Short 3.5 mm audio cable
- A short-medium HDMI cable
- A short DVI-HDMI cable (that only does video, audio needs to be hooked up separately)
Some ideas so far:
- A 35-40 foot DVI cable and 35-40 foot 3.5 mm audio cable with a 3.5-to-RCA adapter at the end
- A 35-40 foot DVI cable, 35-40 foot RCA audio cable, a short 3.5 mm audio cable, and a 3.5-to-RCA adapter
- A 35-40 foot DVI cable, 20 foot 3.5 mm audio cable, a 20 foot RCA audio cable, and a 3.5-to-RCA adapter in the middle
- A 35-40 foot DVI cable and 35-40 foot (whatever combination of lengths for 3.5 mm to RCA), a short HDMI cable, and a DVI+RCA-to-HDMI converter
- A short DVI cable and short (whatever combination of lengths for 3.5 mm to RCA), a 35-40 foot HDMI cable, and a DVI+RCA-to-HDMI converter
- 20 foot DVI, audio, and HDMI cables with converter in the middle
- A short DVI-HDMI cable, an HDMI extension cable, and whatever 35-40 foot long audio cables
- A short DVI-HDMI cable, a DVI extension cable, and whatever 35-40 foot long audio cables
- Whatever hypothetical way of getting audio and video across CAT5 or CAT6 that Ryan talked about in last week's podcast.