Graphics Card Advice

  jfar32 18:10 23 Oct 2007

Please Help,

I would like to connect my 42" 1080 LCD - which has a resolution of 1920x1080 - to my Dell computer. I have an HDMI to DVI converter so it does not matter what type of digital signal is put out by the pc.

The current card is fine with the monitor - a single Dvi connection with a max output of at 1280x1080.

Am I looking to buy a graphics card which has (a) 2x Dvi outputs (b) 1x dvi and 1x HDMI output (c) and extra graphics card to fill the spare slot which has either an HDMI or DVI out?

I do not really play games - it will be used mainly to clone the pc output onto the big screen for video editing. Budget is below £100, preferably nearer £50 as I plan to upgrade the PC in the new year.

Any help here would be appreciated.


  donki 19:03 23 Oct 2007

If its not for games most recent cards will go to that resolution. Maybe a 7800 series card would be good for you, are u looking for DX10?

  GaT7 19:19 23 Oct 2007

Cheaper 7600GS cards with HDMI may be suitable click here

XFX GeForce 7600GS Dual DVI HDMI - £58.75 inc vat, excl del: click here. User reviews: click here & click here. Check independent reviews too. G

P.S. Most recent cards don't come with HDMI & I thought DX10 was for gaming, not video editing?

  donki 19:27 23 Oct 2007

I just asked about DX10 as "its the future". And it all depends what you mean by recent and most. :)

  donki 19:33 23 Oct 2007

Oh and i simply get gound the HDMI port issue by using a DVI to HDMI cable, no loss in quality.... I hope.

  GaT7 19:35 23 Oct 2007

Well just found one that has DX10 for £26.99 inc VAT (excl del) - ASUS 2400PRO 256MB DDR2 DVI VGA HDCP HDTV out Silent PCI-E Graphics Card. G

  GaT7 19:36 23 Oct 2007

Link for above: click here. G

  07patty 11:28 24 Oct 2007

Are you looking for DirectX 10?

If not go for the 7600GS with HDMI output- Dont know how much they go for these days but there definetly under £100

click here
7600GS HDMI ^^

7600GS Specs :

Clock rate
400 MHz

Dual Link DVI - Supporting digital output up to 2560x1600

Memory Clock
800 MHz

GeForce 7600 GS

256 MB

Memory Type

Memory Bus
128 bit


Highlighted Features
HDCP Ready , RoHS , SLI ready , Vista , HDTV ready

If you are looking for DX10 in the extra slot you could fill it with the BFG Geforce 8500GT. Costing around £5 these are perfect as a secondary graphics card and boast HD Playback. It comes with one DVI port and one VGA, also including an HD-TV out. ( Sli Ready as well)

If your quick overclockers is doing the BFG for £47 inc vat this week! click here

Good Luck

  jfar32 11:45 24 Oct 2007

07 patty -I have looked at the spec for the 8500, from the website you referred me to -

Is it built specifically for vista?
Will it work for me, with XP MCE?
And it says "Dual dual-link DVI supports two 2560 x 1600 resolution displays" - but the pic shows only 1 dvi output...

As a piece of general advice, relating to my first post - will it be easy to install another graphics card and run 2 different resolutions from the same pc? My current card is a geforce 6800, 256MB... I have heard there can be compatibility issues with installing two cards. When using 2, is one made primary or do they work in tandem?

Or am I better off getting one card with 2 dvi outs (and again, will it support 2 output resolutions)... Or is it possible to have dvioutput supporting two different resolutions via a splitter?

Thanks for everyones help so far. I had no idea how complicated this was to become

  jfar32 12:02 24 Oct 2007

Also - have looked at reviews for the 7600GS with HDMI output - which come out as saying that the card gets very hot and that HD output quality via hdmi is not so great... Are there any other alternatives?

  donki 12:32 24 Oct 2007

Just use a DVI to HDMI cable why is it so important to have HDMI?

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