There are a lot of things that you should consider first before splashing on a video card , like the things that you are going to use the card for, such as watching movies, playing games or work, the type of connections your TV supports and the most important thing – your budget.
When it comes to desktops there is no shortage of hardware. There is a video card to match your budget somewhere in the market. But you do have to keep the configuration of your motherboard in mind.
If you are looking for a way to connect a video card to a TV, you have two options; either get a graphics card that has support for the type of connections that your TV supports ( like the old AV/ out or an HDMI output), or go for a specific video output that your TV supports.
With the different number of manufacturers and connectivity options out there, this is something that you need to sort out first, or else, your money might be spent on something that is useless and can’t connect itself to your TV. That’s something we don’t want to happen.
First things first, decide what you are going to use your card for, whether it is gaming, watching movies or simply for utilizing the bigger screen on the TV as there are cards that cost as less as $40 and can go up to a $1000 and more.
For general use, there is a bunch of entry level PCI Express graphic cards from brands like ATI, ZOTAC and MSI that offer support for various types of different outputs as well as rendering today’s high-end games at playable frame rates with the eye candy turned off.
But if your computer does not have an expansion slot for a graphics card or if your graphics card is pretty old and you don’t want to let it go, you can purchase a USB video card like the ones from IO Gear which are enough to port the images and videos to your TV.
The USB video card is also a good option if you already own a high-end graphics card that does not come with a TV out port.
While a USB card may not cost as much as a mid range graphics card, cheaper USB video cards are known to face lag issues at times because of their smaller memory size. So, consider a USB video card only if you are going to do the simplest of tasks. But again, there are a number of high-end USB video cards in the market that can provide lag-free videos on your TV.
Whether it is a USB video card or an internal graphics card that you ultimately decide to go for in the end, you have to keep in mind the resolution supported by your TV. There is no point in buying an expensive card that supports HD output when your TV is an old piece of junk way back from the late 90s. It doesn’t work that way.