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post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Argosy View Post
I already have a quiet cpu cooler on there so I'm good on that front.



A new CPU is out of the question as I don't really want to invest in a lga775 cpu, though I could but a new gpu for it. Would this GT520 be good?

If I bought that 520 would I be good?

You betcha!
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The ATI cards tend to offer a bit more performance for the price on low-endhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102874
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Why do you suggest to stay away from the 210? I just recently upgrade my 3450 to a 210 and has improved the video playback. Like all video cards you just have to tinker with the settings but since I have a decent cpu the 210 is good for me at least.

Plus I upgraded from 256 to 512mb for the video card memory.
Because I have had 3 destroy them selves and never had another card die on me... The improvement was because of the memory increase... They are also not much less than the 240 witch are much better... I guse it is sort of a bias I have, but I have heard more horror stories about this card than another by a long shot
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I personally have a 8400gs in my HTPC, and it will do 720p/1080p flawlessly (at least, what i'v tried with it). MKVs, AVIs, etc all work great using XBMC.

But don't expect to game at any level. If i have XBMC running in the background, playing music with the normal music animation. Then i can't play Angry birds because it will lag. So just for movies, a 8400gs should be the lowest you'll go.
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post #15 of 21
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no it's fine.

My HTPC is a 3.2ghz pentium D and a 4670 and it runs 1080P flawlessly.
I wasn't clear, the Pentium D is fine for the task, it's just that it uses more power, but since he already said he has a quiet cooler, then it's fine. I was only saying to get a Conroe based CPU because they are more suited. I once bought a Pentium E2140 from ebay and not only was it very cheap, but it idles at super low temperatures with the stock cooler, which spins at min rpm's (aroun 800 rpm's, which makes it very quiet)

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Originally Posted by eskamobob1 View Post
dont go bashing pentium Ds ... mine will run Crysis at 80FPS on medium settings... it can definitely handle 1080p video

as for the GPU, stay away from gt 210s... they are horrible cards... i have one and i will vogue for that.. i dont know much about ATI so i wont comment on those, but i would get something along the lines of an 8800 or a 240... anything higher than a 260 should just scream streaming 1080p
I'm not bashing the Pentium D's man! Look at the thread in my sig

I'm a Pentium 4 guy

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Originally Posted by Argosy View Post
I already have a quiet cpu cooler on there so I'm good on that front.



A new CPU is out of the question as I don't really want to invest in a lga775 cpu, though I could but a new gpu for it. Would this GT520 be good?

If I bought that 520 would I be good?
As i wrote above, my suggestion was only because I was concerned about the noise it would make, but since you have a quiet CPU cooler, then it's alright.

Yes, that passive Asus GT520 would be a fine card. The GT 430 suggested is also a good card (it actually performs better than the GT520), but I would personally chose a passive model. These cards that come with tiny fans are a bit noisy for a Media Center. I once bought a Gigabyte HD4670 for my Media Center with one of those fans and ended up replacing the heatsink+fan.
 
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I'm not bashing the Pentium D's man! Look at the thread in my sig
lol... I know your not... I was jut kidding ... I agree with you on the less power consumption and the lower temps btw... I just don't see the poin to spend more money if you dont have to... And one final thing... 775 FTW!!!
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If you have a PCIe slot you can just get a 430 series card, they can stream raw HD audio over HDMI. That CPU is going to be weak though.
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I'm not bashing the Pentium D's man! Look at the thread in my sig
lol... I know your not... I was jut kidding ... I agree with you on the less power consumption and the lower temps btw... I just don't see the poin to spend more money if you dont have to... And one final thing... 775 FTW!!!
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If you have a PCIe slot you can just get a 430 series card, they can stream raw HD audio over HDMI. That CPU is going to be weak though.

Weak? If his CPU's weak, then how powerful is mine?

I think the Bitstreaming is a part which is taken care by the GPU not the CPU.
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Originally Posted by eskamobob1 View Post
lol... I know your not... I was jut kidding ... I agree with you on the less power consumption and the lower temps btw... I just don't see the poin to spend more money if you dont have to... And one final thing... 775 FTW!!!
Get a Zotac GT 430 if you can. They have extended warranty option & also a Passive cooled GT 430.

The fan based model is the cheapest of the lot & runs really cool & silent.(I have one in my HTPC. Check signature)

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