So my parents got a new lcd tv (pics coming later) that I got installed today with the new home theater system. My mom wants to have the computer hooked up to the tv (me too) but the current vid card on has one output and its vga.
Right now their computer is a P4 3.2 HT, 512 DDR400, and a radeon 9200se. The radeon doesn't have dvi output so I'm looking for a new vid card.
I was looking on newegg for a video card that is either agp or pci that had at least one dvi socket. But then I got scared reading some of the reviews about 1080p output.
The will more than likely never play a real 1080p file as they generally stream low bitrate movies over the internet (you know the sites). My question are if they were to play a 720p or 1080p file would the hardware handle it and what video card would you recommend?
Keep in mind I'm on a budget here. I'm trying to stay well under but not exceeding $50. I don't need anything fancy as there will be no gaming done on this computer. Just casual use situations including internet/email, office, etc.
I don't want to pop this card in, have the video stutter, and look like a fool.
Because some peoples' posts I read acted like you need a heavy duty computer to play 1080p and my computer doesn't even flinch so I figured a P4 might be at 30-40% usage.