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Hey all, I have been looking around for a budget card for my wife's older rig that can do 1080p well over a 20ft (6 meter) HDMI cable. Right now she is getting something that looks like microstutter when watching 720 videos and occasional lag when watching things in 1080. Right now she is running an AMD 4400+ with a Nvidia 210 and 4GB of memory.

I thought at first it may be the length of the cable but it works just fine on my rig, so I can only imagine it is her crappy little $30 Nvidia 210 that is the issue. I would really like to keep it under $65 if possible.

Thanks for any input. I haven't been around in quite a while so I'm kinda lost.
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I see a geforce 430 1GB on Amazon for 60. That'd be fine for movies I'd bet.
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^ This. There's also the HD 5450/6450 at a similar price point but I don't know which one is the most powerful card.
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I would say an HD5450, or a silent card, such as an HD3450 silent. I used to run this card and i connected VGA from it to my TV, and that was a good 15ft away.
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i would think a 210 could handle it?? i have a 220 and it doesnt even break a sweat
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My dad uses a 5450 with a 50 ft HDMI cable and he has no issues.
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Originally Posted by PhillyOverclocker View Post
Hey all, I have been looking around for a budget card for my wife's older rig that can do 1080p well over a 20ft (6 meter) HDMI cable. Right now she is getting something that looks like microstutter when watching 720 videos and occasional lag when watching things in 1080. Right now she is running an AMD 4400+ with a Nvidia 210 and 4GB of memory.

I thought at first it may be the length of the cable but it works just fine on my rig, so I can only imagine it is her crappy little $30 Nvidia 210 that is the issue. I would really like to keep it under $65 if possible.

Thanks for any input. I haven't been around in quite a while so I'm kinda lost.
Get a HD5450 1GB with a native HDMI output for $39.99

http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Radeon-Sil...m/B00368CIBC/2
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post #8 of 12
if you want a little extra pep...5570's are great i have one in my HTPC
they are at the upper limit of your budget
but here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...on%20HD%205570
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How about MSI 520GT, 50$ or 35$ after rebate!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127583

or

MSI R6570 for 75$, 60$ after rebate (your budget!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127585
Edited by Kosire - 10/8/11 at 7:03am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PhillyOverclocker View Post
Hey all, I have been looking around for a budget card for my wife's older rig that can do 1080p well over a 20ft (6 meter) HDMI cable. Right now she is getting something that looks like microstutter when watching 720 videos and occasional lag when watching things in 1080. Right now she is running an AMD 4400+ with a Nvidia 210 and 4GB of memory.

I thought at first it may be the length of the cable but it works just fine on my rig, so I can only imagine it is her crappy little $30 Nvidia 210 that is the issue. I would really like to keep it under $65 if possible.

Thanks for any input. I haven't been around in quite a while so I'm kinda lost.
Are you sure she has DXVA enabled, and is using a player that takes advantage? I would think with DXVA a gt210 would be fine.

Here's a review of the gt210, and gt220. They also claim with DXVA a gt210 can handle a 1080p file.

"Here you see MPC HT edition accelerating an x.264 version of the movie Eagle Eye -- 1080P. The 25 USD GeForce GT210 will completely accelerate (DXVA) this movie without any issues."

I would check her playback method before spending $$ on a new GPU, if she's not using DXVA to begin with, a new GPU isn't going to help.

[edit] easy way to check if DXVA is working, is check your task manager when playing a movie, if it's using a ton of CPU, then obviously DXVA isn't even being used.
Edited by anubis1127 - 10/8/11 at 7:17am
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