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Budget: ~$50

Hey OCN, so I put together a desktop for light gaming and mostly for watching movies.
I previously had the Radeon HD 6850 but I thought that it would be worth more if I sell the 6850, get a lower-end card that can handle just streaming/watching 1080p movies, and use the rest of the 6850 money for myself.

basic info:
AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE
1 TB HDD


I prefer a card that doesn't have ~$50 after rebates because.. I've never done rebates before and I heard they usually never give you the money or take months.

I've been told the 5450 and I'm wondering if this is good, (cheapest)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131338


Suggestions please! thumb.gif Thanks
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The 5450 would do brilliantly for streaming / watching 1080p, heck, you could even run some source games (L4D2, CS, TF2) biggrin.gif

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