Which graphics card?

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  1. e-cams

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    Hi all,
    I have a standard Dell dimension desktop unit, 1 year old. Not sure of the exact spec to hand but its decent enough.

    I'm going to be buying a new LCD TV (26 or 32") with HDMI and PC inputs and I would like to output my PC to the LCD.

    How do I best do this? Would I be advised to upgrade to a new graphics card, if so which one?

    I'll be using it to watch downloaded HD video and also for surfing the web.

    As you can tell I don't know much so all advise would be gratefully received.

    Thanks.:thumbsup:
     
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    Being Dell, it's likely a standard card won't fit. You need to open yours up and see what video slot it uses, and whether there's room.
     
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    Interesting. Why is that?
     
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    not that interesting... lol
    Dell usually have smaller cases & I have seen various Dell computers that have a motherboard with no expansion slots for AGPx8 or PCI-Ex16 (graphics card slot interface)

    If you can find the model number of your Dell PC i can have a look & see if i can find the specs
     
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    i heard somewhere that dells are more upgradebale these days, but could be a myth!
     
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    You mean changing from Dell proprietary to standard ATX.
     
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    All depends which desktop it is, Find out which model it is and do a search here http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums on upgrading the gfx, when I first bought my current dimension 5150 it had a x300 gfx card in and that was connected to my samsung 32inch lcd by vga and gave really good results for downloaded hd material, I have since put in a standard 7300gt :smashin:
     
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    Its a Dimension 3100. According to the Dell forum this desktop has '2 PCI slots' for video card upgrading. Does this info help in new graphic cards suggestions??
     
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    If you could open it up and take a photo of the motherboard. If it's only got PCI (not PCI Express) you can't upgrade it.
     
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    Aparantly there is no PCI express or AGP so guessing that means i'll have to stick with what i've got.

    With that in mind, can I watch HD material (at 720P) on an LCD TV (32")screen with a PC slot over VGA? Or do I have to buy a new computer (or motherboard) so I can get a graphics card which can output HD at 720P?
     

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