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Hello. I have an HP Compaq Business Desktop dc5000 microtower connected to a panasonic viera TV via regular VGA and audio cables, and the TV is connected to a samsung HTZ-310 home theater system via optical audio cable. When I'm playing movies from my PC, half of the home theater's speakers won't work which I think has to do with the connection. I considered buying a video card but the power supply of the microtower is too low (240 W) to support it. Is there any sound card I could use for that? I'm thinking something with an HDMI out.

Thank you
post #2 of 8
according to this you have only PCI slots to use for video upgrades

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11876_div/11876_div.html#Overview

this would be your best option and wouldn't use many watts

http://www.amazon.com/PNY-GeForce-Profile-Graphics-VCG84512D3SPPB/dp/B005AKQYTG

also you can run sound and video together off the HDMI port.

If you have a monitor you can just run it off the VGA and then have the HDMI connected to a reciever for sound.
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Thank you for your reply. Yes, I only have the PCI slots to use. How can I find out if that card is compatible with my PCI slots?
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it is because it supports full height and low profile brackets. Since it is a microtower, it is most likely low profile.
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What about this one?
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gigabyte-GeForce-8400GS-512MB-GDDR2-PCI-Express-2.0-Video-Card/19407897

I would prefer buying from walmart to be able to return it, if I need to.

Thank you again.
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That is a PCI-Express video card. You can only use PCI cards.

I think you might be better off running the audio through a USB or PCI soundcard. Since the video is already working you don't really need a graphics card.
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That sounds good. Do you know of any sound cards with HDMI out compatible with my system?
post #8 of 8
Taking a second look at what you have, I would say that a low-power PCI graphics card is really the only way to do it. (might help to know the model of TV you are using)

Something like this would work. (it says it recommends a 400W power supply but that's total overkill, the whole system might draw 200W max)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161353

Another, possibly more cost effective, option would be to buy a new computer that has HDMI output built-in, as it would probably be faster and would work better than the current machine, which is quite old.
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