A potential solution: I found out that Gigabyte has a high definition UEFI BIOS in their new Haswell series motherboards. From the sketchy information available so far, it appears that it may deliver a 1920 by 1080 output video signal from the get-go, which would make the whole process jump onto my TV screen in its full glory! If this is true in practice, I will happily order a new CPU & Gigabyte MB...and put my near-new CPU & MB on eBay. According to another thread on this forum, I would also gain a near-perfect rendition at 24 Hz frame rate, using the Intel on-board 4600 graphics.
The question: I haven't found any posts on any forum from someone who has actually tried and confirmed what I hope is true...display of boot-up, BIOS and full video on a Gigabyte MB without a separate video card. Can anyone confirm--or deny--that this will work as I am suggesting?
Thanks in advance to anyone reporting their experiences!