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    Senior Member audiofreak9's Avatar
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    I need to purchase a descent video card for my secondary computer (I'm at work right now so I don't know the model # but it's a Dell). I want to put a second computer in my living room and have it display on my television. So I need a video card with an S-video output, but I am out of the loop when it comes to what to look for. I am up for used parts, i.e. eBay, etc so if you can provide a list of what to look for in terms of: memory, acceleration, controller type, etc. I would greatly appreciate it!

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    I have always had great results with ati's 'all in wonder' series of video cards for tv connectivity.


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    all in wonders are great video cards ... but are way over priced..

    I was considering buying a video card with s-video output and alteast the ones i looked at were expensive.. not saying you couldnt find a cheaper card somewhere..you probably could..

    these days its almost more practical and cheaper just to buy a dvd ripper and a dvd player for your tv..this is what i ended up doing and now i can rip any movie i want backup data ect..I get way more useage out of a dvd ripper and dvd player that i do with just a s-video graphics card..im not a gammer though..

    I spent 20$ on a dvd ripper, $15dollars on a dvd player and $20 for a 100pk of dvds.. but i shopped around..

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    Senior Member audiofreak9's Avatar
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    Already have all of that, now I also want a computer connected to the home theater, that is why I'm going to get a video card.

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    BTW, as per your thread title, Descent was the best video game ever conceived, proceeded by Half-Life 2.

    Any cheap AGP or PCI Express, depending on compatibility with your system, will do for outputting video. However, if it's your primary goal, I personally would spring for one that can output HD video through component video connections. Some of the newer high-end offerings by ATI and nVidia allow that. Mine is just S-Video, but I only have a 20" SDTV and my home theater setup doesn't allow video to be routed to the TV for the computer. If it did, it would get in a feedback loop given VIDEO1 is also displayed on my computer screen so I don't have to swivel my chair the necessary 30 to see the TV.

    So, in summary, go cheap if you only want SDTV s-video, go higher if you want HDTV component. And of course, go way higher if you want to do any gaming. My Geforce 6800 struggles with Half-Life 2 sometimes.
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    Yeah, I own the original Descent got it around '92 I think. Thanks for the advice...


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