Question about Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC Desktop
Hello. Im looking to turn my Dell Optiplex GX520 into a multimedia PC
Running Windows 7 RC1
Pentium D 3.2Gig Dual Core CPU
4GB DDR2 Ram
350W Generic Power Supply
Currently Running XP Pro nicely
BTX Form Factor MB in Mini Tower
Its really not a bad pc apart from the lack of PCI Express x 16
It only has one PCI Ex1 and some regular PCI Slots.
Im looking to install a HDCP capable Video Card with HDMI output as well as a HDTV Tuner card and possibly a BluRay RRW to make this into a good home multimedia center.
Im thinking that it may pay to just dump everything and take the ram and CPU for a new ATX MB setup.
Would you suggest this as the best option.
Any advice would be really appreciated.
Yeah, I would certainly look into replacing the motherboard with something that has a PCI-E 16x slot so you can use a higher-end video card. I will forewarn you though, that the power supply will probably have to be replaced with it, as most, if not all, video cards that have HDMI out as an option, will need a little more juice to run (so look into getting something at least 520W rated, especially considering what else you plan on running in the computer, blu-ray included) I can't remember how the HDMI rules work on an ATI card, but I do know that if you get an nVidia card, for HDMI to carry both video and sound signals, it has to have at least the GT designator (ex GT, GTS or GTX). Hope this information helps you out, and happy hunting!!
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