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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.

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    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
    Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 2:09
  • Desktop or laptop PC?
    – user3169
    Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 5:14
  • @user3169 desktop. Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 8:53
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    What outputs does your computer have?
    – T.J.L.
    Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 21:37
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    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
    Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 21:53

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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

VGA to HDMI

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

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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.

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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
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  • then a GPU would be better for that cost Commented Mar 21, 2016 at 0:41
  • anything cheaper? Commented Mar 21, 2016 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.
    – Ulincsys
    Commented Mar 21, 2016 at 20:15
  • here is the link.but it cost 25 dollar.link Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 3:27
  • At that price, you'd be better off getting the graphics card instead of the adapter.
    – Ulincsys
    Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 18:14

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