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August 10, 2010 9:31:05 PM

I want to connect my PC to my TV-Panasonic - HD 1080P Plasma

My Pc: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20Hz. My only interest is to connect to the Internet and visit places like YouTube,Hulu TV and others. Thanks
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August 10, 2010 9:45:52 PM

GTS 240 or HD 4850
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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 10, 2010 9:50:59 PM

Are you mental..?

Get an HD5450 for $50 or so.
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August 10, 2010 10:27:54 PM

You won't be playing blu rays or anything on it right? Just youtube and hulu? Something like a GTS 240 would be great and satisfy all your needs plus some but you could easily settle for HD5450. That card is quite functional but be sure to get it from a reputable manufacturer. Sapphire, EVGA, and XFX would be safe bets.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 10, 2010 10:31:14 PM

shadow187 said:
Are you mental..?

Get an HD5450 for $50 or so.

+1
The other cards mentioned are more expensive, use more power and are actually gaming cards while the HD5450 has more current A/V feautures.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
August 11, 2010 4:09:32 AM

I'm also surprised that nobody has harped on the GT240. The GT220 would be a better choice.

In the OPs case it would actually be best if he had a modern mobo that had an IGP in it. Something from AMD or Nvidia would be best, but even a modern IGP from Intel should be ok. Seeing as its easier to buy a $50 5450 he should go this route.
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August 11, 2010 4:18:50 AM

Just get the chepest card you can find from the ATI 3/4/5 series or the Nvidia 8/9/G series.
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August 11, 2010 4:37:01 AM

guardianangel42 said:
You won't be playing blu rays or anything on it right? Just youtube and hulu? Something like a would be great and satisfy all your needs plus some but you could easily settle for HD5450. That card is quite functional but be sure to get it from a reputable manufacturer. Sapphire, EVGA, and XFX would be safe bets.



No, I will not be playing blue rays on it from my PC. I just want an open access to the internet using my TV as an aditional monitor.

Thanks!
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August 11, 2010 5:37:45 AM

HD 5970...

I mean HD 5450 or HD 5570. Read the following article that should shed some light on this subject.

ATI Radeon HD 5670, Radeon HD 5570 and Radeon HD 5450: A Multimedia Ideal?
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-h...


The HD 5570 is roughly $10 - $15 more than the HD 5450 and scores higher in video playback quality. Just in case you decide you want to watch movies in the future. Is the extra $10 - $15 worth the improvement in video playback quality, if you decide to watch movies in the future, is up to you.
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August 11, 2010 3:56:39 PM

jaguarskx said:
The HD 5570 is roughly $10 - $15 more than the HD 5450

This is not so. Take a quick look on newegg and you'll see the HD5450 is $40-50 while the HD5570 is $75-85. The HD5570 is nearly twice the cost so for someone that isn't going to be gaming it just doesn't make sense.
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August 14, 2010 1:29:27 PM

jyjjy said:
This is not so. Take a quick look on newegg and you'll see the HD5450 is $40-50 while the HD5570 is $75-85. The HD5570 is nearly twice the cost so for someone that isn't going to be gaming it just doesn't make sense.




I just went to Newegg to check on the HD5450. They have two different models: 512 MB and the 1024 MB. Which one do you advise?


Here in Miami, Compusa has the Galaxy GeForce G210 512M PCI with VGA/DVI/HMDI - $24.14 final price after discount and rebate. The same with 1024MB will be around $40.


Thanks a lot
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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 1:36:46 PM

512Mb is all that's necessary.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 1:50:44 PM

you may not even need a video card. Check to see if your onboard VGA has HDMI output + vga, some of them do.
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August 14, 2010 2:17:19 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
you may not even need a video card. Check to see if your onboard VGA has HDMI output + vga, some of them do.




The one onboard doe not have HDMI



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August 14, 2010 2:18:47 PM

DO NOT go for GT 240 of HD 4850 those are clearly gamer cards. Anywas go for like an HD 4650 or HD 5450
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August 14, 2010 2:36:26 PM

okini55 said:
DO NOT go for GT 240 of HD 4850 those are clearly gamer cards. Anywas go for like an HD 4650 or HD 5450



Thanks for your advice. Which one, 512MB or 1024MB?
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August 14, 2010 3:37:49 PM

jyjjy said:
+1
The other cards mentioned are more expensive, use more power and are actually gaming cards while the HD5450 has more current A/V feautures.




Thanks for your advice. I found the this one online:


Sapphire 100291L Radeon HD 5450 Video Card - 512MB DDR2, PCI-Express 2.0, DVI, HDMI, VGA



Is this a good one?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 4:12:23 PM

It's fine.
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August 14, 2010 4:34:13 PM

shadow187 said:
It's fine.






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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 6:37:26 PM

Yeah, that would be a good choice. As was said early the 512mb is the better choice. More than that is actually useless on a non-gaming card. The card you are looking at is even passively cool so it will make no noise.
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August 21, 2010 3:33:50 AM

Best answer selected by manpereda.
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