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What graphics card is needed to connect to a 37" lcd tv?


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#1 sotoj159

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 02:05 PM

My parents have a Compaq Presario SR1365CL desktop; it has AMD Anthlon 64 2.41GHz processor, 1.37gb ddr sdram. This computer does not have graphics card. It only has a vga-out, which we currently have connected to a 17" lcd monitor.

Recently, my parents bought a 37" Proscan LCD tv from best buy. It has a vga-input, as well as other inputs, such as hdmi, s-video, a/v.

The resolution looks fine on the 17" monitor (i have it set to 1280x1024), but don't know if this computer could handle a screen size as big as the 37" tv.

I've never hooked up a computer to a tv, and I checked online, and everywhere they have the cable plugged into a graphics card in the computer.

So my question is, if I do need to get a graphics card, which one would be the minimum required card to have? which would be a recommended card? O yea, the computer has 2 PCI slots (not pci-e), and 1 AGP, and I don't think it could do SLI.

And yes, the computer would be used to watch dvds, youtube, online radio, games (such as halo, which I used to play in safe mode) etc...

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 02:11 PM

Anything with s-video out. Contrary to what best buy will tell you, you don't need a TV tuner to use your TV as a monitor. Totally separate technology.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 03:04 PM

Anything with s-video out. Contrary to what best buy will tell you, you don't need a TV tuner to use your TV as a monitor. Totally separate technology.



that's it??? doesn't matter if it's the cheapest graphics card out there, as long as it has s-video out???

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 06:30 PM

Anything with s-video out. Contrary to what best buy will tell you, you don't need a TV tuner to use your TV as a monitor. Totally separate technology.



that's it??? doesn't matter if it's the cheapest graphics card out there, as long as it has s-video out???


pretty much, yeah.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 08:16 PM

But if you do get a cheap gfx card with HDMI, the HDMI connection to your TV will the yield the best results! :thumbsup:
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 09:24 PM

But if you do get a cheap gfx card with HDMI, the HDMI connection to your TV will the yield the best results! :thumbsup:



so any graphics card will let me have great resolution on a tv like that, right? ok, ebay, here i come!

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 07:09 AM

A DECENT card with HDMI out should be able to handle your TV quite well.
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Posted 17 January 2010 - 12:19 PM

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 03:16 PM

k, thanks, good thing i hadn't bought it yet

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 06:10 PM

Get a card with multiple hdmi outs and audio. You can also get Dvi with sound if your board has a compatible connection.

The sound is important. You can't run hdmi and a separate sound to the tv unless you have a spdif connection from the mobo to the card. You want audio and video to trvel through the same cable. Some dvi's have spdif sound.

Get a card with multiple hdmi outs and audio. You can also get Dvi with sound if your board has a compatible connection.

The sound is important. You can't run hdmi and a separate sound to the tv unless you have a spdif connection from the mobo to the card. You want audio and video to trvel through the same cable. Some dvi's have spdif sound.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:44 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814121315


A better option, for a little more, would be the HD4650.

Sapphire HD4650 Low Profile

If you don't need a low-profile option, check this out: PowerColor HD 4650

Edited by ReviverSoft, 18 January 2010 - 05:49 AM.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:49 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814121315


A better option, for a little more, would be the HD4650.

Sapphire HD4650 Low Profile

If you don't need a low-profile option, check this out: PowerColor HD 4650



Thanks ReviverSoft, but those are pci-e cards, and i only have pci and agp

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:52 PM

Thanks ReviverSoft, but those are pci-e cards, and i only have pci and agp


Sorry about that, was referring to the AGP version of the HD 4650.

HD 4650 AGP
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