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Graphics Card, 1080P Media, No Gaming

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January 24, 2013 4:01:18 PM

I'm new here and have only basic knowledge on computers. I'm always open to learning though! :D 

I have a Acer Aspire T180 with the AMD Athlon 64 X 2 CPU, 4G of DDR2 PC2-6400 RAM, 250W PSU, and Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit OS.

I'm looking for a graphics card for watching 1080P movies on my HDTV only, using the HDMI output. I don't do any gaming at all.

I really don't want to upgrade the PSU. Will something like this be reliable, sufficient, and "plug-and-play"?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Also, will the audio transmit through the graphics card and HDMI output to the TV as well?

Budget is $50 or less (unless I have to upgrade the PSU) and I'm open to suggestions.

Thank you.
January 24, 2013 4:21:48 PM

dheeraj9933 said:
yes it will do,
5450 is equivalent to hd3000 which can play 1080p no issues
but for PSU
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...
amd says 400W !



Thank you dheeraj9933!

Ok.. upgrading the PSU sounds and looks simple enough. Any suggestions on a reliable PSU to use? I'm not sure what the differences are other than the watts rating.
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January 24, 2013 4:32:37 PM

dont worry PSU's are not as difficult as u think :) 
just 2 things:
power and brands.
corsair, seasonic, are good and trusted brands just a few of them ofcourse
if u want a detailed info
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-ma...
a very recent tom's article about it.
or just go with one of the brands and get a ~400W PSU
a little less wont be a problem
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it might be a bit more than u need but it will last longer and a PSU is really important so i dont recommend people to go cheap on that
this one is also decent enough too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 24, 2013 4:46:01 PM

dheeraj9933 said:
dont worry PSU's are not as difficult as u think :) 
just 2 things:
power and brands.
corsair, seasonic, are good and trusted brands just a few of them ofcourse
if u want a detailed info
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-ma...
a very recent tom's article about it.
or just go with one of the brands and get a ~400W PSU
a little less wont be a problem
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it might be a bit more than u need but it will last longer and a PSU is really important so i dont recommend people to go cheap on that
this one is also decent enough too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Awesome! Thanks again.

Does the audio transmit through the card and HDMI ouput too?
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2013 4:52:55 PM

that's what HDMI is for.
there are 4 main video outpputs
Mini display port
VGA - but people consider it to be outdated
DVI - mostly preferred by gamers or people who dont like monitor audio
HDMI - only difference between HDMI is that it can carry audio along with video.
if your monitor has speakers it is almost bound to have HDMI
so if something has HDMI it MUST carry audio otherwise HDMI is useless.
and if a GPU has HDMI it can carry audio too.
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January 24, 2013 4:53:19 PM

Yes it does. HDMI stands for High-Definiton-Media-Interface if you didn't know, but you wouldn't have any problems with the audio. :) 

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January 24, 2013 5:13:26 PM

Thanks dheeraj9933 & TheCursed_Donkey... Learned something new. :sol: 

I'm connecting to a VISIO HD TV so that will work out great.
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2013 5:15:12 PM

dont forget to close this thread by selecting a best answer
and how big is your tv?
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January 24, 2013 5:26:16 PM

Best answer selected by 02GTFL.
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