My desktop PC does not have a HDMI port, but my TV only supports HDMI inputs. Is there any way of connecting the two that is

  • Cheap
  • Reasonably reliable and
  • Ensures a reasonable image quality

I have 2gb DDR2 RAM.Budget around 10 dollar or 700 to 900 indian rupees.

  • 2
    Welcome to Hardware Recommendations. I've modified your question a little to give more precise requirements. If possible, please give us your budget, any additional requirements and the country you require shipping to.
    – timuzhti
    Mar 20 '16 at 2:09
  • Desktop or laptop PC?
    – user3169
    Mar 20 '16 at 5:14
  • @user3169 desktop. Mar 20 '16 at 8:53
  • 4
    What outputs does your computer have?
    – T.J.L.
    Mar 20 '16 at 21:37
  • 1
    As your PC doesn't has a HDMI output, I'm assuming it has a VGA one. For such situations there are small converters to connect them anyways. I'd just go to the nearest tech market and ask for one - I don't recommend to buy it on the internet; I once did and got a converter that didn't worked for a relatively high price. Depending on the converter you get you maybe need a VGA/HDMI cable also (if you haven't already got one). Using the converter always means a lose of quality, but that shouldn't be a problem if you don't want to display something in ultra HD
    – Namnodorel
    Mar 20 '16 at 21:53

There are a couple of things you could do....

Option 1: VGA to HDMI Adapter

The cheapest one I found with relatively good ratings was (at the time of this post) $17 available on Amazon. VGA being an analog signal and HDMI being digital, there's no getting around the fact that you have to convert the signal.

Note: You will need to supply your own HDMI cable to go from the adapter to your TV


Option 2: Upgrade Video Card to DVI and use a DVI to HDMI Cable

You said you had a desktop computer, so you could easily add (or replace) your existing video card with one that had a DVI connector. These are selling for as low as $5.95 (at the time of this post) on eBay. Keep in mind that this is going to be a used video adapter, but given the price constraints, I don't think this will be too much of an issue.

You can then use a DVI to HDMI cable to connect that video card to your TV. Amazon has it for $6.95 (at the time of this post). Since DVI and HDMI are both digital, no digital to analog conversion is necessary

enter image description here

enter image description here

Unfortunately, there are no options that I could readily find for under the $10 limit. The second option I proposed seems to be the cheapest, coming in at about $13 USD.


This VGA to HDMI with audio adapter is what you are looking for. It costs a little more than you were hoping, but there aren't many of these things around, and it has a lot of good reviews.

  • $22.42
  • Converts VGA Source to HDMI Display
  • Supports Audio Function for HDMI Monitor and TV
  • Powered by USB Port
  • Cable Length: 8" VGA to HDMI adapterlll
  • then a GPU would be better for that cost Mar 21 '16 at 0:41
  • anything cheaper? Mar 21 '16 at 0:41
  • If you can find a GPU for less than $22.42 that supports HDMI, then you should give me the link so I can post it to Ripley's believe it or not. Mar 21 '16 at 20:15
  • here is the link.but it cost 25 dollar.link Mar 22 '16 at 3:27
  • At that price, you'd be better off getting the graphics card instead of the adapter. Mar 23 '16 at 18:14

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.