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I have a good old 29 inch analog tv in my room and I wanna try building a htpc but the problem is the tv only supports RCA input. Are there any mobos with built in tv out? I have a spare casing, dvd rom, ram and HDD.
thanks
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I've never seen one, but there sure are many cheap graphic cards with RCA output. The last I've had of this kind was a Radeon 3850, there should be other options from the pre-2009 (pre-hdmi) era.
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its like I just moved in, Don't have much money with me and I dont really see the point of buying a separate vga to watch DVD quality movies. I've seen vga to rca converter unit on ebay but i don't know if they work properly
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The Intel D945GCLF2 (Intel Atom/945GC) has S-Video out and you could just get an S-Video to RCA adapter for cheap (maybe $1?). Standard definition content shouldn't be an issue for the Atom. Seriously, though, you could probably find an older VGA card with TV-out for cheap (like $20~40 Newegg and probably around $10 ebay).
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Atom, thanks for the idea , mobo+cpu+vga > atom i guess i'll go with that
post #6 of 8
The problem is the computer has a much higher resolution the non hd tv. When you run output from the computer to the tv it really does not look good, almost unreadable fuzzy. If you have PC that has WMC you can try to find a WMC extender like a linksys DMA-2100 or 2200 it handles tv much better then a pc can. The other option is to pick up a cheap lcd panel. Geeks.com sells a 28in monitor for $199 I believe it a Hannsg or Compusa has the same under Ilinc for $250. It not the best monitor but will look alot better with a monitor.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ounderfla69 View Post
The problem is the computer has a much higher resolution the non hd tv. When you run output from the computer to the tv it really does not look good, almost unreadable fuzzy.
Windows Media Center (and other 10' front ends/UI) actually look pretty decent on a CRT. It's the regular programs that are fuzzy and unreadable.
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Celeron D is basically like Pentium D. Hot-running and fairly power inefficient. The processor is an 84W (maybe 75W) dual core with less computing power than a 25-45W Athlon K8 single core. However, entire system should still never top 150W.
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