Need HDMI output from an old pc

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Hello
The system is PRETTY old but in a decent working condition, I need an HDMI output, so do you suggest any graphic card or there is just no hope for it anymore?
Lenovo ThinkCentre
L-IG41M Rev: 1.1 LGA775 FRU: 71Y6838
CPU: pentium Dual-Core E5400
PSU: 280W FRU: 45J9436
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NVIDIA GT 720 would not be power hungry at all and would do what it need to do, cheap efficient and has HDMI and DVI on it
Maximum DVI resolution: 2560 x 1600
Maximum HDMI resolution: 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz or 3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz Maximum VGA resolution: 2048 x 1536
 

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Thanks, definitely not for gaming, getting 1080p picture quality or even better 4k if possible. and some simple editing.
 
1080p 2D graphics doesn't require much. Most any used video card made in the last 10 years should be able to do it, though I would avoid the high-end ones because they tend to be power hogs.

4k is a bit tougher, but not much. Any Nvidia 7xx or newer will do it. The two gotchas are:

  • ■The cable. HDMI didn't support 4k@60Hz until HDMI 2.0. You'll need an Nvidia 9xx or newer for that (and your display device has to support HDMI 2.0). The Nvidia 7xx could do 4k@60Hz, but only over Displayport, not HDMI.
    ■Streamed video encryption. Hollywood insisted on a new encryption scheme for streaming 4k movies. At present, you need Intel Integrated video from Kaby Lake or newer (ix-7xxx or -8xxx), or an Nvidia 10xx series GPU. With older cards, you won't be able to stream 4k content from Netflix, Hulu, etc. Only 1080p.
AMD cards will work too, I didn't bother looking up when they got HDMI 2.0 and 4k encryption support because Nvidia has been much more popular the last decade, so you're much more likely to find a used Nvidia GPU for a good price.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nvidia_graphics_processing_units
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMD_graphics_processing_units
 

The Paladin

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NVIDIA GT 720 would not be power hungry at all and would do what it need to do, cheap efficient and has HDMI and DVI on it
Maximum DVI resolution: 2560 x 1600
Maximum HDMI resolution: 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz or 3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz Maximum VGA resolution: 2048 x 1536
 

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