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Which Video Card can I use?


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#1 Caiterz

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:53 PM

Hi, Ive got a HP Pavilion P7 1010

specs: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02856262&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=5098893#N366


and I wanted to use 2 monitors, and it appears that i wont be able to do that with the internal video card's weird DVI slot.

So-

I'd like to get a video card (which i guess has to be a 1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card)

Im not exactly sure what that means... @_@

but I'd also like:

1.) 2 VGA slots
2.) TV in so I can plug my xbox 360 in and record video etc.
3.) sound slot, so i can record the sound.



So im looking for that, and I dont need any super high amount of MB/GB video card, as i dont play many 3D Games...

So does anyone know a decently priced one that would work?

Also what kind of power supply would I have to buy?

Thanks! :)

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 12:25 AM

You rarely find graphics card with 2 VGA slot. A lot of cards nowadays don't have TV in. Concurrent use of the the DVI and VGA ports is supported meaning you can use 2 monitors.

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 01:02 AM

Yeah, the one i have right now has a DVI and a VGA..

But in my other post, they say i cant use 2 VGA monitors w/ 1 DVI converter because i need a converter box to change the dignal from analog to digital... v_v

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 01:15 AM

A converter is dirt cheap.

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 05:21 AM

Any monitor bought in the past 2 years or so should have the ability to connect via DVI. If not, just buy a simple DVI-to-VGA converter.

Lots of results came back with a simple Amazon search: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=DVI+to+VGA&x=0&y=0

2.) TV in so I can plug my xbox 360 in and record video etc.
3.) sound slot, so i can record the sound.


As far as that goes, you don't plug your 360 into a graphics card to record video. You need a capture card, they make them both internal and external. I'd recommend the $200 Hauppauge HD PVR that connects via USB (I use one).

Graphics cards only output video, not input it.

Edited by NpaMA, 28 August 2011 - 05:26 AM.


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Posted 28 August 2011 - 06:56 AM

Graphics cards only output video, not input it.

Unless it's a VIVO card.

For background to Caiterz' question:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic415722.html/page__p__2382659__fromsearch__1#entry2382659
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Posted 28 August 2011 - 09:41 AM

i cant use 2 VGA monitors w/ 1 DVI converter because i need a converter box



So... is it just my current video card thats weird..?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5b/DVI_Connector_Pinout.svg

Cuz it doesnt have the C1,2,3,4 female spot. its just a single "dash" there "-".


So i guess that changes the question to...
Do most/all(?) video cards you buy... DVI slot WORK with the cheap connectors?

in that case i would need one with, like.. 1 VGA slot, and 1 DVI slot capable of use with a VGA monitor..

any examples? o.o


and the VIVO thing..

Would i be able to buy just like, a USB thing, like this?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/180583065393?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

or would i have to get a bigger thing like this?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/160582300993?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649



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Posted 28 August 2011 - 05:44 PM

By the time you spend the money on "upgrading" a video card, power supply, etc. you're going to be way over the price that it would cost to buy a 19-20 inch monitor w/ a DVI port.

Example: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Acer+-+20%22+LCD+Widescreen+Monitor/1422184.p?id=1218257750333&skuId=1422184&IcsCsid=2-39-1621-25-5-90176-62361-25-1621-173-25-1621-816-0-3

Or, I use 2 of these on a p7-1054 PC:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Acer+-+S2+Series+23%22+Widescreen+Flat-Panel+LED+Monitor/1804306.p?id=1218293491009&skuId=1804306&st=Acer%2023%20LED&cp=1&lp=1

As far as recording in HD quality: If you want internal, you can get them for around $100, if you want external USB it's in the $150-200 range. If you don't want to record in HD best option would be a $75 Dazzle. Those capture cards in the $10-40 range just simply aren't worth having. Glitches in the software and hardware, bad software, fails in a few weeks, etc.

As far as VIVO goes, I'll let them recommend something to you. I knew they existed but did not think they were decent and thought they were somewhat outdated.

Edited by NpaMA, 28 August 2011 - 05:50 PM.





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