Solved Graphic card upgade to get HDMI output Dell Dimension 5000

January 31, 2014 at 05:30:19
Specs: Windows XP
Is it possible to recommend a graphics/video card to upgrade my Dell Dimension 5000 machine so I can get a HDMI output?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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January 31, 2014 at 09:45:49
If the upgrade is just for general purpose use, a Radeon HD 5450 or HD 6450 would be a cheap upgrade. The 6450 has twice as meany stream processors (160 vs 80) so it's probably the better choice. You didn't list how much RAM you have but for reasonably good performance, you should have at least 1GB. 3GB (2 x 1GB + 2 x 512MB) would be best for XP 32-bit.

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January 31, 2014 at 15:32:32
Hi thanks for your reply. I am trying to watch streamed movies on my plasma tv. My son used his new laptop recently (via hdmi cable) with good results. I bought a cheap VGA to VGA (blue connector on pc?) but the results were unimpressive.
Would an upgrade of my video card (with hdmi) help matters or will the rest of my machine be too weak.

Current pc uses ATI Radeon x300/x550/x1050

Pentium (R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz
3.39GHz, 1 GB of RAM

So is a HD6450 possible in my machine and will it work? Is sapping out video cards easy- I've done memory/ hard drive/ power source previously.

Appreciate your time in responding.

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January 31, 2014 at 16:03:24
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If you are planning on using both Radeon graphics cards, then you could get a really cheap second one, basically with no GPU/memory and 1 HDMI, then use crossfire to utilize both graphics cards together. We need to know if your motherboard has an extra (total of 2) PCIe port. Otherwise, you should probably get the card riider suggested. The card should work, i'm pretty sure that both cards just use PCI express so that shouldn't be a problem.

Another thing to consider is that the new card will probably use quite a bit more power than the old. What PSU are you using?

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January 31, 2014 at 17:03:07
You definitely could use more than just 1GB RAM, the enter system would benefit from it. And graphics cards are very simple to change. The power supply isn't going to be a problem because the HD 6450 is very power efficient. As for the recommendation to use crossfire, it's not an option, your system is too old.

See page 43 (copy & paste into browser):

AMD's Radeon HD 6450: UVD3 Meets The HTPC

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February 1, 2014 at 10:01:31
Thanks guys for your advice I will try the 6450 and add an additional gig of memory.

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