I’m going to connect my PC to HDTV to watch movies and on-line TV.
I have HP Pavilion a1720n (Vista x32 Home Premium, Media Center) with
ASUS P5LP-LE motherboard
Intel Core Duo 2 E6300, 1.86 GHz
Crucial 3GB (3x1GB) DDR2, PC2-4200 MHz
Integrated Intel GMA 950 Graphic Card
320 GB SATA
250 Watt PSU.
I need to choose the video card with HDMI/HDCP support for these purposes:
1. Watch movies on HDTV from HD or Blue-ray player.
2. Watch on-line TV in HD mode.
3. Play games a little bit.
I read some posts here and they said: “Integrated HDMI will carry both audio and video signals to an HDTV (if it also has HDMI). Only Radeons will carry both audio and video. GeForce cards with HDMI will only do video.
Could you please help me to pick out the proper Video Card and PSU.
That 'Play games a little bit' moves you into a higher priced video card (and new PSU) over what is needed for #1 and #2.
So just to be clear - what do you mean by 'Play games a little bit'? Do you have an idea of your budget for this project?
Me: “… IS ATI Radeon™ HD 5670 video card compatible with my motherboard (PCI Express x16 bus interface)?”
HP: “ … I have checked the system specification and found out that the graphic card installed on the system in PCI 16 however the graphic card you have mentioned (ATI Radeon™ HD 5670) is the advance version of PCIX16 card. Also the power supply requirement for this card is 400 watt and greater however your system has only 250 watt. So, I would recommend you not to go for this graphic card….”
Me: “…I have already purchased CORSAIR CMPSU-450HX 450Watt power supply.
I checked dimensions (6.63 x 4.376 x 0.75) of ATI Radeon™ HD 5670 video card and it should match my Mobo Micro-ATX: 9.6 in X 9.6 in. Did I understand right, that my Mobo interface PCI Express x16 is NOT compatible with PCI Express 2.1 x16 interface? I read that PCI-E 2.1 is backward compatible.
I would greatly appreciate if could provide the list of ATI Radeon™ video cards compatible with my Mobo.
HP: “ … I would like to inform you that backward compatibility depends upon the cards. It varies along with the video card. So if ATI Radeon™ HD 5670 video card is backward compatible then it would work in your computer. However, I am providing you a list of ATI graphics card that are compatible with your computer.
1. ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 Series graphics card
2. ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series graphics card
3. ATI Radeon™ HD 4300 Series graphics card
I am providing you some Nvidia Graphics card that is compatible with your computer.
1. Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT, 512 MB GDDR3 256-bit, PCI-E 2.0 x16 Video Card (96 Watt) (Two DVI, S-Video)
2. Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT, 512 MB GDDR3 256-bit, PCI-E 2.0 x16 Video Card (96 Watt) (Two DVI, S-Video) (Dual-Slot)
3. Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS, 640 MB GDDR3 320-bit, PCI-E 2.0 x16 Video Card (96 Watt) (Two DVI, S-Video) (Dual-Slot)…”