Solved Buy a VGA to HDMI converter or upgrade graphics card?

Hewlett-packard Pavilion p6120f desktop
November 8, 2013 at 06:51:46
Specs: Windows 7 x64, e6300/8Ghz
Hi All,

I recently purchased an HD flat screen tv and intended to also use it as a computer monitor. I soon found out that my computer doesn't have an HDMI video output. I was informed that i could use a VGA to HDMI converter (about $75) or I could opt for upgrading the graphics card to one with HDMI out.

The main uses of this computer are to browse the web and record/mix multi-track audio.
I may be interested in some recreational, non-serious gaming, so i would consider spending a couple more dollars if a more worthwhile card is available and isn't too expensive.

The computer is an HP 6120f desk top.
Here's the link to the specs:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

I'm wondering if i should just use a converter or if i should upgrade the card and, if the latter, which card is sufficient for my needs?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice.

- Matt


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November 8, 2013 at 08:33:12
Again, it depends on what games you want to play, so the only advice I can give is that it runs the games you want at the resolution you want, at the FPS you want. Various benchmarking sites out there will give you nice graphs that compare different video cards out there to your game of choice.

You're not going to get 3D glasses support, but that's okay because it's a gimmick, and you're not going to get SLI/Crossfire support, but that's okay because you don't have 2 PCIe x16 slots.

Also, the video card can act as a sound card, and it'll pump sound to the TV over the HDMI. If that appeals to you then make the video card your primary sound out. If not then don't.

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#1
November 8, 2013 at 07:24:44
Unless you are going to be watching High Definition Video streamed from your PC then and VGA to HDMI converter should be sufficient. You will also need an audio connection from your sound card to the TV.

Check the TV specs though. Most HD Tvs these days come with a VGA input specifically for what you are planning to do,

Stuart


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November 8, 2013 at 07:48:26
I agree with checking the TV for VGA before buying anything. That said, a new cheap video card with HDMI out costs $30, less than half the price of a converter. Also, most video cards with HDMI can pump sound out over the HDMI, so the sound comes from your TV.

EDIT: With the video card, you're looking for PCIe x16. Beyond that, the price you'll pay depends on what games you want to play. Low end gamer cards are around the $100 mark. High-end cards go to insane prices, but paying $300 - $500 for one is not uncommon.

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November 8, 2013 at 08:02:45
Thanks for the reply Stuart.

The TV only has Coaxial, Component Video and HDMI video inputs.

Is it advantageous to upgrade the card for similar money as buying a decent converter?

Thanks again.


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#4
November 8, 2013 at 08:13:15
Upgrading the card is a much better option than the converter. In addition to the HDMI out to TV, you'll almost assuredly have better quality output to your regular monitor.

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#5
November 8, 2013 at 08:16:31
Hi Razor thanks for the reply
A low end gamer's card at about hundred bucks sounds reasonable to me.
May i ask, what are the features to look for in a "low end gaming card?"

Also, the audio is currently going from the computer to an external audio interface (usb 2.0) then to active monitors.
The TV's audio is line out to stereo channel on audio interface.

Thanks again,
Matt


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November 8, 2013 at 08:33:12
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Again, it depends on what games you want to play, so the only advice I can give is that it runs the games you want at the resolution you want, at the FPS you want. Various benchmarking sites out there will give you nice graphs that compare different video cards out there to your game of choice.

You're not going to get 3D glasses support, but that's okay because it's a gimmick, and you're not going to get SLI/Crossfire support, but that's okay because you don't have 2 PCIe x16 slots.

Also, the video card can act as a sound card, and it'll pump sound to the TV over the HDMI. If that appeals to you then make the video card your primary sound out. If not then don't.

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#7
November 8, 2013 at 09:03:50
As far as the audio goes, if your mixing multitrack for music, I wouldn't bother running audio to the TV. I would it to a decent audio system.

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#8
November 8, 2013 at 09:51:46
Thanks to all for the helpful advice.
M@

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