/ Sign-up
Your question

Graphic or Sound

  • Graphics Cards
  • Graphics
  • Product
Last response: in Graphics Cards
July 4, 2011 7:59:22 AM

i want to have great video and sound quality.
i was wondering which is more simple, to change the sound card (my motherbord has only the analog output) to a new one which would have an optical or coaxial or to buy a new Graphic Card with HDMI output. all these are from my pc to be connected to my AV receiver. Just sound with an optical Sound card or video&audio with an HDMI cable.

till now i'm using Dvi-Hdmi cable. the screen is great in my Samsung HDTv but in my Sony HDtv something is wrong. with some resolution settings some parts of the screens are lost(like zoom in). if i change the resolution setting, the screen shrinks and it's like not using the full screen. but i think this thing needs to play just a bit more.

My Pc is IBM Lenovo A63, intel core 2 duo 2gb ram, 320gb HDD.
after opening my desktop pc i found a number (intel nh82801gb) and now i want to find out if i can make a change with my graphic card.

so what do you think is simplier, safer to work?
1-Sound card with optical output to av receiver and video out with my Dv-HDMI cable to Hdtv? or
2-buy a new good Graphic card to connect my pc to my Av receiver from video and sound from the HDMI cable.
my questions for a Grapfic card are:
1) which Graphic card do you thing is the best?
2) how can i know what is better to use DDR3 or DDR2?
3)and what shall i used 512 Mb or 1GB?

and if i choose to change just my sound car?
which would suggest.

thank you
ps. i'm not a gamer but a movie fan.

More about : graphic sound

a b U Graphics card
July 4, 2011 6:46:58 PM

Need a little more info sabout the A63. IBM's website is asking for a model number...
a b U Graphics card
July 4, 2011 7:12:11 PM

without knowing more about your motherboard, I can only speculate you have a PCI express slot for video and maybe PCI or PCI express slot for sound.

For the sound out to receiver ideally you'll want optical out or coax. Here's a budget card that has the SPDIF out:

You already have the HDMI it sounds like. So no need to upgrade your video card. However if you wanted to expand your capabilities (Hardware accelerated hi def), I'd suggest looking at the HD 4650/4670 or 5670 as they will not require a power supply upgrade.
Related resources
Can't find your answer ? Ask !
July 4, 2011 11:57:42 PM

thanks buzznut.
my computer has an 280watt power supply and One half-length, full-height, PCI Express x16
what about "HD5450 DDR2 512mb"? would this do the job?
with this sound card you gave me "SIIG IC-710012-S2 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface SoundWave" if i connect the green, 2 blacks, yellow it would give me 7.1 analogue.
what if i only connect the SPDIF?
July 5, 2011 12:06:14 AM

what if i buy PCI Express 2.1? what is this?
July 5, 2011 12:16:58 AM

most discrete cards would play any movies with no problem, just pick one from the 4xxx or 5xxx category that's cheap, make sure ur motherboard has PCI-e tho.
July 6, 2011 7:18:54 AM

please help me because in on other forum one guy told me very confusing things.
some of those are:
"Your computer will not accept DDR2 and DDR3.. the key in the memory slot is different. Your computer was designed to hold what it originally had in it (DDR3).
2GB DDR3 Memory
The ThinkCentre A63 features two gigs of memory (1066 MHz/1333 MHz with 2 DIMM slots), which is plenty for the average office worker. In the event a user needs more RAM for memory-intensive applications, there is a free DIMM slot available.
Asus Rampage III Formula
Intel 920 @4.2G
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme CPU Cooler
2 x EVGA 295 GTX (OC= 684 - 1380 - 1119)
3 x 2048 OCZ 1600
4 x Corsair F40 SSD (Raid 0)
2 x WD 1T 6G (RAID0)
1 x Seagate Barracuda SATA II 1T
1 Benq M2700HD
Cooler Master HAF X
Silverstone Olympia OP1000 1000W
Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate
Vantage Score P38,515
Never argue with ******, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.
It is a little unclear whether the op is referring to the memory on the videocard or the computer itself but I believe all the questions were related to the video.

my questions for a Grapfic card are:
1) which Graphic card do you thing is the best?
2) how can i know what is better to use DDR3 or DDR2?
3)and what shall i used 512 Mb or 1GB?

#1 Asus P5E-VM HDMI (htpc backup)
2x 2gb Corsair Q6600 7900gt
Wd 250gb sata, NEC dvd burner
Antec Neo 480,Avermedia a180 HDTV,Cooler Master Mystique case
LG L246WP-BN 24" widescreen monitor,Vista Home Premium
#2 HTPC Athlon64 AM2 5000+ BE x2, CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-6400
ABIT AN-M2, TV Wonder 650 PRO, HauppaugeWinTV-HVR-1600
ASUS EN8600GT SILENT, LG BluRay/HD dvd combo
250gb Wd sata II,Xgene HTPC case +Scythe and SilentX fans
Panasonic AX100 projector + 106" Graywolf screen, Vista Home
#3 Asus Eee 4g"

honestly he confused me !!!