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Old 12-03-2008, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 52" tv that I want to use as my monitor. It has an S video on the back of it. My computer has an an onboard video card with VGA port. I assume I would need to buy a video card. What type of ports does it need in order for me to hook up and what type of cable/connector would I need to get in order to do all this? If you could guess at a price for all please feel free to do so.

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PS... tv is a 52" bought in 1999.
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You would need S-Video out on the card...
For price we need to know what ports your PC has... PCI/AGP/PCIE
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As I said my onboard video is a vga port only so I would prolly need to buy a video card as well. So what do you think all this would cost?

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That depends on what kind of video card you need. Like Zedman said, we need to know if you need PCI-E, AGP, or a PCI video card. Note, this is not your onboard video connector...this is what kind of open ports your motherboard has.

If you dont' know... Is it a prebuilt computer (HP, Dell, etc) or one you built yourself? If prebuilt: get us the make/model number of the computer. If you built it yourself, either look up the model number of the motherboard, give us the model, or physically look.
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ok, my motherboard is intel D945GTP. Sorry about that carnagex. If you could help me I would really appreciate it.

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Looks like you have a PCI-E slot on that board...what's your budget for a card?
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Budget is around $100 to 150.
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Newegg.com - XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

That's a good card there, comes with Call of Duty 4 for free as well.
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Cool, Thanks carnageX for your help.
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No problem. It comes with an s-video cable as well (or should at least), but it'll probably be too short for you...you can pick up an s-video cable about anywhere though.
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