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I have a friend who asked me to build him an HTPC and I'm wondering whether or not I need to invest in a dedicated graphics card. Will the integrated graphics on a Sandy Bridge board be sufficient? Especially since I'll probably be going with one of the weaker i3 processors?

If I should get a dedicated card, which one?
post #2 of 18
i3 integrated graphics will be fine for an HTPC. The only reason I went with a dedicated graphics option in my HTPC was because I was having some display issues with it. But I was using the 1156 i3's when they first came out. Everything that I have heard about the 1155 i3's has been good. That is what I am planning on going with for my next HTPC build.
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Doh! Double post . . .
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post #4 of 18
How much does he care about image quality?

Is he a videophile with $2K+ HDTV and does color calibrations?
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If he is thinking about playing games, that would be a reason to consider a discrete card also.
    
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post #6 of 18
If you're going with an i3 SB you should be fine. DO not, I REPEAT, DO NOT go with one of the Pentium SB if you want HD playback, it sort of can do 720p but cannot do 1080p at all.
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He just needs to be able to encode/decode high quality video/music and possibly BluRay. So I guess integrated graphics should be fine yes?
post #8 of 18
i've always had issues with stuttering with their HD graphics. You may want to upgrade to an ati 6450 or at least a 5450. Especially if you are using 1080p.
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post #9 of 18
IGPU from SB, better pair it up with HD6450.

IGPU from Llano, no need for discrete GPU.
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post #10 of 18
I got a 5450 1GB in my HTPC, it was a good $25 upgrade.
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