Having problems with your Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC Desktop ?

Want to Go HD but only have PCI Ex1 and PCI on Dell OptiplexGX520

\015 Hello. Im looking to turn my Dell Optiplex GX520 into a multimedia PC\015\012Running Windows 7 RC1 \015\012\015\012Pentium D 3.2Gig Dual Core CPU\015\0124GB DDR2 Ram\015\012350W Generic Power Supply \015\012Currently Running XP Pro nicely\015\012 \015\012BTX Form Factor MB in Mini Tower \015\012\015\012Its really not a bad pc apart from the lack of PCI Express x 16\015\012It only has one PCI Ex1 and some regular PCI Slots.\015\012\015\012Im 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. \015\012\015\012Im thinking that it may pay to just dump everything and take the ram and CPU for a new ATX MB setup.\015\012Would you suggest this as the best option.\015\012Any advice would be really appreciated. \015\012\015\012Cheers\015\012Mathew\015

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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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