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Bob, I'm getting a new Dell desktop pc and need to get an HDMI to DVI adapter to connect my monitor to the tower. I was going to get one at Best Buy (the brand is 'Rocketfish') for the same price as the one Dell makes, $19.99. Is one just as good as the other, or would it be better to get the one made by Dell?  Thanks

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There is no difference, unless one of them comes defective (e.g. physically damaged). You can save a few more dollars and go with a cable from Amazon if you like:
http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-HDMI-DVI-Adapter-Cable/dp/B00NH11X64/

Different lengths are available here, however at somewhat higher cost:
http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-DVI-HDMI-Adapter-Cable/dp/B014I8UQJY/

They are bi-directional cables, meaning you can connect an HDMI input or output on one side, and a corresponding DVI output or input on the other; devices should always offer female HDMI and DVI connectors (regardless of whether or not they are inputs or outputs) so there is only required cable as well.

Length is not a problem unless you're going to need a run of longer than ~50ft, in which case an "active" cable (which has a signal booster in it) would be suggested. Also keep in mind you generally will not get audio from HDMI-DVI adapted connections.

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.

-bob  

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