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Im building a HTPC with a 2600k and a P67 M Pro but Im confused when it comes to minimum requirements for playing blue ray, 1080P or streaming. Im thinking of a EVGA GT 520. Will that be enough or will I need something better?

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Even the integrated graphics on the i7-2600K is fine for media playback (including Blu-ray 1080p).
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post #3 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Desert Rat View Post
Im building a HTPC with a 2600k and a P67 M Pro but Im confused when it comes to minimum requirements for playing blue ray, 1080P or streaming. Im thinking of a EVGA GT 520. Will that be enough or will I need something better?

Thx
You should be all set with what you have!
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post #4 of 19
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Thx for the help guys. Im just tired of having my little atom struggling with my 1080P LCD. Rep+
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post #5 of 19
Consider a Passive HD 6850.
post #6 of 19
I just put the GT 430 in an HTPC and it works flawlessly.

A 2600k seems a little overkill for an HTPC, though. Is this also a multi-purpose computer?
post #7 of 19
^^ Yes I agree with that.

Look at my sig Rig it is a dedicated HTPC using Pentium 4. I am also using GT 430 to decode videos with the help of CoreAVC which uses CUDA.
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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by CasanovaFly View Post
I just put the GT 430 in an HTPC and it works flawlessly.

A 2600k seems a little overkill for an HTPC, though. Is this also a multi-purpose computer?
It will be folding when not used for watching movies/shows.

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Originally Posted by harishgayatri View Post
^^ Yes I agree with that.

Look at my sig Rig it is a dedicated HTPC using Pentium 4. I am also using GT 430 to decode videos with the help of CoreAVC which uses CUDA.
It looks like the GT 430 is better than the 520 due to more stream processors. The GT 430 has 96 vs GT 520 with 48. I wonder if it makes a difference at all.
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post #9 of 19
If you just want the HD capability, the NV 430 can stream HD audio and comes in SFF.
Example:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-535-_-Product

If you're gaming I'd look at an ATi 6870 etc.
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post #10 of 19
Again, though, why not just try the integrated graphics on the i7-2600K first? If it doesn't meet your needs, then add a discrete GPU then.
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