IMac VGA to HDTV via component video?

I would like to connect an iMac Snow to a HDTV to display photos. Will it work to simply connect the two with a VGA-to-component video cable (price: about $20), or does the process require a VGA-to-component converter box (price: about $180-380)?
And if a converter is required, a brief explanation of why (in laymen's terms) would be appreciated.
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I have a sharp LCD TV (LC-45GD5U) and I am trying to hook the TV up to my apple cube with a nVidea GeForce FX 5200. The TV has a DVI in, S-Video in, HD component in, and a normal component in. I have tried all of the connections with the TV alone and I can get nothing to work. However, I was able to get the TV to display if I had the TV on the DVI connection and the monitor on the VGA connection and only at a select few square resolutions. The whole point of having the TV connected is to have a bigger monitor so I consider it a waste that I have to have my smaller monitor connected as well and I am about out of ideas. If anybody has any ideas please let me know.

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