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can I add graphics card with hdmi?

by hondochica / November 28, 2012 3:24 AM PST


(is that the right techno lingo?? - 'graphics card with HDMI? - I've just not kept up! - tee hee)

I am considering buying a very inexpensive pc so function solely as my media server: internet video (ABC, CBS etc, netflix, dvd movies) and digital library.

I'm currently looking at the Lenovo Thinkcentre M58 with these (partial) specs:

Win 7 Home OS
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 ghz
2G DDR3 (expandable to 8G)
Integrated High Def audio
Integrated graphics - Intel GMA 4500 gpu/vpu

Unfortunately - they really don't tell me anything about the motherboard - do you need more info? - like extra slot types?

Could I add a HDMI card? or DVI card? to improve compatibility with a 32" TV (yet to buy - am looking now - tough to find with a VGA port!!)

Greatly appreciate your feedback - will answer any questions quickly!

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can I add graphics card with hdmi?
by hondochica / November 28, 2012 3:28 AM PST

Hi again;

Oops! did I post this in the wrong place? It's basically a hardware Q - but also a PC Q - please move if I goofed! (just tell me where you moved it!)


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Very few laptops accept add on cards.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2012 3:29 AM PST

It's a shame the make and model were not in your post but if this is a desktop there are 30 to 40 dollar cards that are fine (look at the ATI 5450 with 1GB RAM)

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The MAKE and MODEL was in your post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2012 3:34 AM PST
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expansion slots
by hondochica / November 28, 2012 4:42 AM PST

Thanks Bob;

The computer I'm getting is an older, off-lease thinkcentre. doesn't have the Pentium E6600(3.06GHz) listed on Newegg's site, but a P core 2 duo 2.0 GHz. Everything I can find on Lenovo's website indicates the motherboard should have at least 1 1/2 length and 1 full length expansion slot. Guess I'll have to wait till I get the desktop to actually find out what I can do.

thanks though - looks like I should be ok. If I can find out the actual mobo specs, I'll get back here and repost.


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Sorry but that card should be fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2012 5:53 AM PST
In reply to: expansion slots

All we need to look at is the mechanical again and that's your work. I can't check that since I don't own the machine.

This card is used many times for just such a PC. There's little else to do but pull the trigger.

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by pgc3 / November 28, 2012 3:30 AM PST

Do some research on the model but many of the new Lenovo set ups already have an available HDMI port.

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