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video card to hook computer to hdmi 50"tv


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#1 riverview9

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 05:52 PM

we upgraded tv and computer and bought a dvi (digital +analog) to hdmi cable. but it won't work. i think our video card must not be good enough. what video card should i get with a hdmi port. we have pci express. i don't know too much about this

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 08:20 PM

For the most part, I tend to stick with ATI cards for HTPC use. Their audio decode is just plain better than NVidia and supports more formats which is a lifesaver when using the audio on the HDMI. Some of NVidia's cards still rely on the motherboards SPDIF connector for audio out (unsure of their audio decode on their latest and greatest models), and that can be problematic as all motherboards don't support full 5.1/7.1 out vis SPDIF with DVD/Blu-Ray/games.

Low end, a 56XX series with 512 meg DDR5 minimum. It has enough horsepower to do the DVD/Blu-Ray decodes and post processing. You can find a 5670 for ~$70 if you look around and watch for specials.

Full bore top end card, a 5870 if you need to play demanding games. Problem with big cards is power draw. More power = bigger power supply and more heat which is why I am partial to 56XX cards as they don't need any addiltional power besides the PCI-E slot and they are short enough to fit in almost any case.

The above is my opinion, and I could be wrong.

Edited by dpunisher, 05 July 2010 - 08:27 PM.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 12:59 AM

I suggest you to buy ATI 5870 graphics card. very nice performance. and it gaming support was awesome.and i think it full feel your all need. try it.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 01:12 PM

thanks.i bought one online

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:13 PM

so i bought the card and followed the instuctions to install it and nothing hapens. nothing appears on the tv. i guess its possible that the card or the cable are defective but not likely. i have a panasonic viera 50" and i'm running xp on my desktop. what am i missing here?




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