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What gfx card/tv card for 1080i plasma

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by grahammackie, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. grahammackie

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    Am about to start on my first HT/HD PC venture. Currently have a Sony Professional Plasma that supports everything from composite thru RGB VGA and Component (Yr-Pb-Pr and RGBHV) through BNC connectors.

    Current AV setup is Denon 2200 with prog scan through Yamaha 640SE with Kef Eggs, Q9c and PSW3000.

    I want to install the HTPC to play HD DVD's (ie T2) and WMV HD's etc. and archice CD collection.

    Any suggestions on gfx card and best way to connect plasma ? Do I convert card output (DVI?) to component or just go pure VGA to get a 1080i signal?

    Any help or advice gratefuilly received
     
  2. MikeTV

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    My advice is to use a high-end Radeon card, and output at the native resolution of the display (or at the highest supported resolution), and use a DVI connection, for best results.

    You'll need a fast PC (3+Ghz P4) for smooth playback of hidef material. Microsoft have some samples you can download and try, to see if your machine is fast enough.
     
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    Mike - What if I don't have DVI in on the Plasma? Can I convert to component ?
     
  4. MikeTV

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    Then just use a VGA connector - should be good too. You may need to invest in a decent VGA cable, and avoid switchers and extensions for best results.
     
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    Don't really know if you need to go that 'High End' with your video card - I have both ATI Radeon 9800Pro (£240) and a 9200se (£50) - the latter I use in my HTPC and it has no problems whatsoever. Granted if using the machine for games play as well then go for something more like the 9800. Just a point to consider seeing as there's such a difference in price.

    Benefit of the 9200se is that it fanless as well so less noise..........
     

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