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Alright, so I want to buy my son a new video card (one with a TV tuner) so that he can hook it up to the bigscreen he's bringing with him when he moves out next month. This post might be a little long but I'll structure it as best I can.


His PC: He's got a Dell Dimension 4600 3 GhZ Pentium 4 with 1 GB ram and his current video card is a GeForce Fx5200 128mb (PCI).


His TV: Hitachi 51f510.


The targeted video card: For 199 canadian, I can get the ATI All-in-Wonder 9800 pro 128mb.


Alright, so now that you guys have the details, I'll move on to my questions.


1. How much better is the 9800 pro when compared to the Fx5200 in terms of gaming?


2. What level is the 9800 pro at right now compared to other cards? Value-wise? Graphically, mostly.


3. If I get the AIW concept properly, basically, all he has to do is connect the provided wires from the 9800 to the back of his TV in one of the many slots and he can basically watch on the TV instead of on the monitor... and play his games on it too.


4. The provided wiring is only 6 feet long so how much would the same wiring cost if we're talking about 10-20 feet, per say.


5. Does the TV being widescreen make any difference?


6. How is the overall picture quality for those of you who have used similar products or the same ones? If he wants to watch a TV show he downloaded in HD, will it show up in HD on the TV screen? Because personally, I don't know whether or not it's the cable providers fault, but that Hitachi doesn't earn many points on its standard definition PQ, but the HD quality rivals almost any TV I've seen so far.
 

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1. How much better is the 9800 pro when compared to the Fx5200 in terms of gaming?
100 folds better


but it is not a directx9C card, and I would seriously consider one instead of the older directx9B cards like those you listed

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2. What level is the 9800 pro at right now compared to other cards? Value-wise? Graphically, mostly.
it is comparable to the older 5900 series from nvidia


if you want comparsions to newer cards, the 9800 Pros are slower for gaming than a 6600 GT and x700 Pro

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3. If I get the AIW concept properly, basically, all he has to do is connect the provided wires from the 9800 to the back of his TV in one of the many slots and he can basically watch on the TV instead of on the monitor... and play his games on it too.
all the AIW adds is the TV tuner, for watching TV on a PC monitor


you do not need an AIW card to play games on the TV

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4. The provided wiring is only 6 feet long so how much would the same wiring cost if we're talking about 10-20 feet, per say.
probably about at least double

alot just depends on the quality of cables and the brand

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5. Does the TV being widescreen make any difference?
your son will want to the connect the video card to his TV via either the component output on the ATI card or using a DVI to HDMI cable

and will need to install the newest catalyst control center(,net based) drivers

so he can output at 1080i

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6. How is the overall picture quality for those of you who have used similar products or the same ones?
again you pay a premium for the AIW, I would consider a comparable priced card without the AIW like a x800 Pro, X800XL, etc....

the tuner(AIW) seems unneeded

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If he wants to watch a TV show he downloaded in HD, will it show up in HD on the TV screen?
only over component or DVI to HDMI and then the outputted resolution would have to be set to 1080i for the video card

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Because personally, I don't know whether or not it's the cable providers fault, but that Hitachi doesn't earn many points on its standard definition PQ, but the HD quality rivals almost any TV I've seen so far.
the AIW standard definition tuner will not be an improvement over the SD tuner in the TV


consider separate tuner and video cards

or buy your son the better card to get better gaming performance

he will need it at 1080i resolution


furthermore goto the widescreengamingforum.com to find the game modifications to play his/your games widescreen
 
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