Looking for a compatible video card/DVI output

March 29, 2013 at 15:58:37
Specs: Windows XP, 512 ram
Hi,

My father has an emachine t3422 and has recently become a big fan of watching netflix and other movies on the computer. He would like to connect the computer to a TV nearby. Unfortunately, the Emachine T3422 does not have a DVI function by default. I would like to buy him a video card that has the DVI function and install it on the computer.

I'm unsure of what video cards would be compatible with his computer, since it's an older model. I see there are video cards for only like 40 -60 dollars, which would be perfect for him. Can you guys help me find a compatible video card that can be installed? Or is there another way to have the computer use both the TV and the monitor as a display at the same time? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Also, if there's a video card that's at bestbuy that I could purchase instead of going online, that'd be even better!

Thanks in advance for any help/suggestion given!


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#1
March 29, 2013 at 16:43:38
According the the specs on this page:
http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHER...

You have a PCIe slot which is good news. I've never been a fan of Best Buy because there prices are usually higher, but here's a link to a video card that should work in the computer described.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/XFX+-+O...


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#2
March 29, 2013 at 18:01:23
If the computer only has 512MB RAM, you should max it out at 2GB (2 x 1GB). Everything will run better.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

As for the video card, you realize that DVI is only video, right? If that's what you want to use, you will also need to connect a separate audio cable & will probably have to use a 1/8" stereo plug to red/white RCA adapter. If the TV has HDMI connectors, that would be the best way to go.

http://www.abadicomputer.com.my/ima...

If you can buy online, you will get a much better video card for the money. Generally no tax & free shipping. And if you're willing to deal with rebates, you can get one heck of a deal. This is basically the same card linked to by Newbie10 but it has 1GB memory & is only $18 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

This card is a step up, $24 for twice the stream processors:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#3
March 29, 2013 at 18:58:31
Thank you guys very much for all the help. I was simply planning on moving the computer speakers over to the TV, which is kind of a make shift way to do things. Will the cards you've shown me work with the motherboard/GPU etc. that's in the computer I have now? I will also get that ram. I remember wanting to a while back for them but it was older ram and I couldn't find it at best buy.

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#4
March 29, 2013 at 20:30:05
After doing a lot of research, i figured out which motherboard your computer should have which then helped me determine what type of video card should work with your computer the way it is currently set up. I didn't click on riiders links so I don't know about his, but any PCIe video card will work. Most newer video cards, like the one in my link, have HDMI outputs which will take care of your sound issue. Hope our information helped!

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