graphics card for PC to access net for smart TV

  markcomp 08:31 01 Dec 2011

I have an older PC running XP that I would like to use to bring the internet to our TV. I would like to connect via HDMI and so am thinking about a new graphics card. I don't need a tuner as the signal comes via a satellite dish and box. what should I be looking for and does anyone have any suggestions? Many thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:52 01 Dec 2011

Is it essential that you use the HDMI?

Most modern TVs have a PC input (VGA) just use a monitor cable and to connect sound an audio 3.5 male jack to jack to connect from headphone / speaker out on PC to PC audio in on TV

  markcomp 19:40 01 Dec 2011

HDMI is not essential, just neater and only 1 cable

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:41 01 Dec 2011
  markcomp 07:23 02 Dec 2011

Thanks for all your comments and feedback, would I be correct in assuming that you think I am wasting my cash looking at a new graphics card and should just cable it up as suggested by Fruitbat. Better to spend it on a decent (blueray?) DVD drive?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:16 02 Dec 2011

Now I understand

If you want the best picture available from a blueray player in the PC then yes you do need HDMi cable and a good graphics card.

but if you do not have a blue ray player in the PC then the cheapest option is to cable the PC with a standard VGA cable and buy a separate Blueray player thus saving on the cost of a suitable graphics card

  markcomp 11:52 03 Dec 2011

Thanks Fruitbat, that seems the best option. Much appreciated

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