Making a PC suitable for TV connection?

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Hello, I'm looking to connect a friend's PC to his HDTV as a christmas present. I'm planning on making it an HDMI connection between a dedicated video card and the 42' TV.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime521/en/SM_EN/specs.htm

I've been told that despite the specs, the PC should have the capacity to run a 350W video card.

Which video card would be the best for this PC (no bottlenecking on either side)?
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Are there any problems other than the video card for this intended setup?

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dustyjay

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A video card the requires a 350W minimum power supply to run will require a poer supply that is higher than that to run the card and the rest of the system. That computer has a 305W watt power supply which is basically just enough to run the system as it was shipped from Dell. a Video card such as this one would probably work with out a power supply upgrade http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141083
 

mistrsam

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Alright, thanks. And this should have no framerate problems for streaming on TV?
 

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I run this computer sometimes as my HTPC and I can watch any video I choose on my 60"DLP, and my video card is only a Radeon 3450HD. Though the rest of tmy computer specs are quite a bit higher than the specs of the computer you are talking about.
 

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I am not a gamer, but my Video card won't keep up with the high end games any way. So if you are talking about Graphics intensive games then you will have problems with the system and the Video.
 

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Are you sure the TV supports a computer connection over HDMI? Not all do. If it does, what resolutions does it support?
 

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It's basically going to be for video streaming, but I kind of realized that I'm trying to dabble into stuff I know absolutely nothing about. Probably just gonna settle for one of those googletv boxes. Thank you very much for your card suggestions, I'll definitely look back at this thread if I look into the subject again.
 

mistrsam

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It's basically going to be for video streaming
Are you sure the TV supports a computer connection over HDMI? Not all do. If it does, what resolutions does it support?
but I kind of realized that I'm trying to dabble into stuff I know absolutely nothing about. Probably just gonna settle for one of those googletv boxes. Thank you very much for your card suggestions, I'll definitely look back at this thread if I look into the subject again.
 

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I wouldn't recommend a Google TV box. The interface is not very intuitive, and all major TV networks block the browser.
 

mistrsam

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Oh... so connecting the computer to the pc for video streaming is really the only option?
 

mistrsam

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Netflix, hulu, youtube, and probably some videos hosted by Viki, Vimeo, and Megavideo (can it play those?)
 

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If you want to stream Hulu using anything other than a computer, you need a Hulu Plus subscription. I've never heard of Viki or Megavideo.
 

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Does the TV have a "PC" input? If so, just connect it as a monitor as an initial test of performance. The picture quality may be sufficient.
 
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