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Video card with HDMI for video playback on HDTV

Hi All,

I'm looking for suggestions for a video card with HDMI for video playback on a HDTV. I'm going to be connecting my desktop to my TV with a 25-35 ft. HDMI cable. Essentially I'll be using it as a second monitor just for playing video. So my desktop will be doing double duty as the home PC and HTPC.

My Desktop
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
Motherboard: ASUS P5B

My TV
Model: Sharp LC-32D62U 32"
Resolution: 1920 x 1080

No need for gaming and I'd prefer something that's relatively quiet. Maybe even without a fan if I can get away with it. My budget is $50-$150. Any thoughts?

Thanks
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  1. A passive HD5670 might be available.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131348&cm_re=5670-_-14-131-348-_-Product

    That will be the most silent card you can get.
  2. Best answer
    I would recommend the following if all you plan to do is watch movies on it. It's cheap, uses hardly any power, silent(no fan), nice features. However, if you plan to do any gaming whatsoever, for another $20 or so you could get something 5x as powerful, but it's up to you. I guess if you don't game there's no need.

    Sapphire Radeon 5450 512mb - $35 after rebate
    It comes with HDMI, DVI and VGA ports built in.
  3. You really don't need something as powerful as a 5670, that is total overkill... If you don't game there's no need to get something over $50.
  4. It's dead-center in his budget. Sure, it's overkill, but then again, better safe than sorry.
  5. You can just get a DVI to HDMI dongle or if you prefere there's a cable as well. You don't need a video card with HDMI. There's no signal loss as the DVI video signal and HDMI video signal are the same.

    phymata said:
    Hi All,

    I'm looking for suggestions for a video card with HDMI for video playback on a HDTV. I'm going to be connecting my desktop to my TV with a 25-35 ft. HDMI cable. Essentially I'll be using it as a second monitor just for playing video. So my desktop will be doing double duty as the home PC and HTPC.

    My Desktop
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
    Motherboard: ASUS P5B

    My TV
    Model: Sharp LC-32D62U 32"
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080

    No need for gaming and I'd prefer something that's relatively quiet. Maybe even without a fan if I can get away with it. My budget is $50-$150. Any thoughts?

    Thanks
  6. So I went with the SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB and am so far pretty happy with it.

    But now I have another question about audio so I started the new thread HDMI audio to TV and PC audio to PC simultaneously.

    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.
  7. Best answer selected by phymata.
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