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June 8, 2011 1:40:42 AM

Hello,
I have a computer you all would likely call a dinosaur. I have an AMD Sempron 3400, 2gb RAM, a GeForce7300gt video card & a350watt psu. I want to upgrade video card so that I can sent HDMI to my TV. Any suggestions as to what will work?

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June 8, 2011 2:43:47 AM

List your motherboard.

What I want to know is if you have AGP or PCI-Express. Your CPU and GPU could be supporting either.
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June 8, 2011 3:29:04 PM

I do very little gaming. My kids have an xbox360 and a Wii so they play on those far more than the computer. I have not purchased a new game is 5+yrs. I recently suspended my DTV for the next 6 months and want to try out watching TV shows from the internet/computer on my plasma. The MB is an ECS NFORCE4 A-754 with a PCI-Express X16 slot for video. I don't want to spend more than $50. Thanks for your responses.
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June 8, 2011 3:50:30 PM

I am looking at cards on Newegg.com and Compusa.com. The cards they offer for under $50 are the Radeon HD4670, 3450, 4650, 5450, 5550; and GeForce 210, 220GT, 240, 430, GT520, 9500 GT 550M, 8400gs, 9400GT, & the 9800. Some have DDR2 and some have DDR3. And of course some are 512mb and some are 1gb. I know I need to stay with a card that will run on a 350 power supply. I have done a lot of reading on each of the cards and can't decide which one will be the best bang for my buck. Sometimes too much info is a bad thing!! So, I am asking for advice on which card and a little explanation on why said card should be the one.
Thanks again.
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June 8, 2011 8:42:25 PM

Since your running on a 1080p TV your gonna want more RAM.1G of RAM should easily play 1080p videos with good quality.Also DDR3 memory is something you want to look for because it's better.

The one I suggested is probably the best you can get for your money.It is $65 but I personally owned the card in the past and it's a really good card for how small it is.

Most of those Nvidia cards you have looked at are somewhat powerhungry and I wouldn't advise using them with your current power supply.
Either the 5550 or the 5570 is what you need.

I would have postest the 5550 if I could find one but they are scarce.Also I forget to tell you that you should only get cards that are PCI-Expressx16 2.0 and not the 2.1 cards.This is because your mobo likely has a PCI-Express x16 1.0 slot and although they are all backwards compatible their are known to be issues with 1.0 slots and 2.1 cards.Just a heads up.
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