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> Video Card suggestions, Suggestions needed for a repurposed PC
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Posted: Feb 14 2012, 04:18 PM
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Howdy everyone,

Been lurking on here for a bit and haven't quite found the answer to my question. If I've missed something then I would greatly appreciate a link to save anyone from covering something again.

I've re purposed an old gaming computer to use as a HTPC. I've listed the components just so you can see what I'm working with.

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Motherboard: Intel DX48bt2
CPU: Q9770 Intel Extreme Core 2 Quad
RAM: 8GB Corsair XMS3
PSU: OCZ 600Watt something or other (not modular)
Case: Lian Li PC-60 Plusv1


As you can see this isn't the best HTPC case, but I do have quite a few movies backed up and would like to be able to watch them vid the computer to TV instead of burning media. The problem I've been having is finding a decent video card with good ratings that is under $60. Not partial to ATI or Nvidia, I just want something that works and can push a 47-50" screen w/o issue.

I've been looking at these so far.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150542 (little higher than my price range)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814121422 ( seems to have good reviews)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814133386

and this entire page of 6450's http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....on=6450&x=0&y=0

I've also read this review over at Anandtech
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2931
and
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4263/amds-ra...uvd3-meets-htpc

What I'm looking for overall is suggestions about what would work in my situation. Cooling isn't so much an issue as I have a few 120mm fans that provide good airflow w/o creating much noise.

Look forward to suggestions. :D
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MSIINOZ
Posted: Feb 15 2012, 07:13 AM
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I am currently using an MSI N550GTX
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N550GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5-OC.html

Considering your budget I would certainly go for the 550's little brother, Only $30 too(After rebate)>

128-bit & DirectX 11, Checkout all the specs when comparing
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N430GT-MD1GD3-OC.html

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814127580

Checkout my other posts for some ideas>
http://www.htpcforums.com/index.php?act=Se...sult_type=posts





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Posted: Feb 15 2012, 01:48 PM
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For a good HTPC card that costs less than $60 I recommend the HD6570.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XLPJO...ASIN=B004XLPJOY

For more information about selecting video cards for HTPC and additional video card recommendations, you might want to go to upgradevideocards.com and review the page about non-gaming video cards which includes information about HTPC cards.

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/nongaming.html

They recommend some other cards at lower price points that are more advanced than some of the other cards you listed above.

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Posted: Mar 11 2012, 03:07 AM
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Thanks for the reply guys. I will certainly check those links out. I still haven't gotten around to getting a card for my old computer. It's currently collecting dust in a corner.

I've been contemplating getting a 7750. Some time ago I got a $30 gift card to Newegg and the prices while a little more than I'd like to pay seem like it would be worth the investment if it can replay video accurately at 1080p. I'd appreciate any input on the 7750 as well.
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Posted: Mar 21 2012, 08:05 PM
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I tried an Nvidia GTX250 ($50) which presented driver issues. The GTX250 performed OK as it happens once I solved the drivers issue but I settled on an AMD APU finally and this was a good call. I realise that's not a solution for you right now though but just thought I'd mention it.

AMD cards seem to have better technology and driver support for video than Nvidia at this time. The AMD picture quality is noticeably better than the Nvidia I found.
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