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I need a cheapo card that can put out full HD (Blu-ray, netflix, DVD) No problem, no lag. For example my 9500GT can't do it at all.

I was looking at this. Whats a good HTPC card?
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0363989
    
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I need a cheapo card that can put out full HD (Blu-ray, netflix, DVD) No problem, no lag. For example my 9500GT can't do it at all.

I was looking at this. Whats a good HTPC card?
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0363989
That should do the trick!

Any card higher than ATI 4200 HD can play what you need just fine. I have onboard 4200HD and have been doing fine for more than year playing Blu-ray movies, netflix and DVDs.
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GTX 590 should do the trick.



That 5450 will work too though
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I don't see why your 9500GT can't handle that. My 8400GS does the job just fine.
If you want Nvidia, get a GT210/220
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The 9500 couldnt do it at all, it was almost unwatchable.

Is the nvidia gt210 any cheaper than the ATI?
    
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT


I have used this to play blu-rays. Worked great, then I broke it in half. Why? I was bored.
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Lmao did not see that white text
I'd like bare minimum here so unless there is anything else? Nvidias? then il go with this.
Like I said get anything from a ati 4200 to what you linked. I'm sure you might find a 4250 cheaper than what you have somewhere. I even saw that 5450, but with 512mb ram for 24 AR in newegg.
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I think you should concentrate on making the 9500GT work, because apparently there is something wrong. A 9500GT should handle those tasks with ease. It's basically a renamed 8600GT, which I was able to use to play Crysis at 1280x720 with medium settings and maintain ~25 fps.

You have to make sure you enable GPU acceleration, otherwise your CPU is doing the work. What are the specs of the build? What program are you using for playback? What settings?

EDIT:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...50,2549-8.html

9500GT > 5450/GT210

EDIT 2:

Same review regarding HTPC 1080p playback

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...50,2549-4.html
Edited by c00lkatz - 5/19/11 at 9:58pm
     
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This 5450 is even cheaper & has Displayport.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0364084
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I think you should concentrate on making the 9500GT work, because apparently there is something wrong. A 9500GT should handle those tasks with ease. It's basically a renamed 8600GT, which I was able to use to play Crysis at 1280x720 with medium settings and maintain ~25 fps.

You have to make sure you enable GPU acceleration, otherwise your CPU is doing the work. What are the specs of the build? What program are you using for playback? What settings?

EDIT:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...50,2549-8.html

9500GT > 5450/GT210

EDIT 2:

Same review regarding HTPC 1080p playback

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...50,2549-4.html
Well i have actually sold the card. Right now there is a 5750 in it, but i want to use that card in another pc
    
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