Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 512MB GDDR3 PCI
It is only around $50 so likely not too painful to try it out and if it doesn't work, oh well.
I believe the processor is P4 2.8Ghz, it has 4GB of ram and is running Windows XP.
My MKV blu-ray rips are full bitrate video and audio simply converted to the mkv container from the original disk.
Should I save my money and just build a full HTPC with modern parts when funds allow or is there a chance this PC with a new card can handle it?
I'm hoping to output the full 7.1 or 5.1 DTS MA or Dolby TRUEHD tracks as PCM to my AVR along with the 1080p video.
With a sing;e core P4 you'd really need to lean on the GPU for your decoding. Short of buying an expensive video card I'd suggest playing some of your videos on MPC-HC and see how they do on your existing system. this will give you a good idea how outdated the P4 is. I'd think you'll find it's too far gone for video and $50 is low for a decenk PCI based video card.
i was trying to find a cheap way to get my MKVs on to the big screen w 7.1 sound in the basement. I have a monoprice HDMI extender and 2 cat6 lines to my i3 PC that is home run back to my rack, but I couldn't get it to output via HDMI to my avr, or even display video when connected to my TV directly (showed the gigabyte splash boot screen when connected to directly but when it got to windows I got no video).
I was trying to use my monitor via VGA and my AVR-->>TV via HDMI, but had no luck.
I've been using this old P4 to run jriver media center as part of my whole home audio system. It runs that fine, but I'm guessing the current video card would not work. I'm not desperate to do this, but thought a card like this:
that is available in open box at my local micro center for $44 and I think I can still get the manufacturer rebate of $15, bringing cost to $30 to give this a try.
If everyone is saying not to bother, then I won't., thanks for chiming in. Any other comments are welcome.
Yeah, finding a PCI card that doesn't break the bank (if I'm spending $100, I might was well save the cash and build a new PC) is the issue. If I had PCIe I think it would be easier. There just aren't a lot of choices with PCI and HDMI out. The linked Zotac card being one of the few I've found. The newegg reviews show that someone tried this with a dell p4 like I have. He didn't say what he was playing. I figure I'm not really doing any transcoding. If I can use the rebate, I think giving it a try for $30 might be worth a few hours of tinkering.