I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive way to transmit audio and video from my computer to my tv while maintaining a quality image. HDMI seems to be the best interface for this? I was looking at the MSI 4670.
This card will meet my needs but it may be a bit overkill for the system which is a Dell Dimension E510. The dimension has been upgraded to 3GB of RAM and 2 hard drives but I do not plan on upgrading the 305W power supply. Therefore the card must not consume a lot of power.
If any one has any other suggestions, please let me know.
One thing to remember is how much noise the PC is going to make. The last thing I'd want is to hear the whir of fans from the PC power supplies and video cards during those quiet scenes. I think the HDMI cable limit spec is like 1 meter so it's not like you can put the PC in the other room. That's why they make Home Theatre Computers that concentrate on the noise with passive cooling.
That's a good point siliconvalley. Since this is a low budget machine anyway, I may not upgrade the video card as planned. The Dimension already has an old Radeon X300 which uses passive cooling. The card has DVI, VGA, and S-video ports so I may just buy a DVI to HDMI adapter and call it good. It won't be used for much gaming and the system seems to play videos just fine.
Does anyone know if the Radeon X300 will transmit sound or will I have to use another connection?
Another concern was just brought to my attention. The Radeon X300 came out before HDMI had been invented so it may not even support video through a DVI to HDMI cable. Has anyone had any experience with this?