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post #21 of 24
I am sorry to disagree with some of the comments here, since your usage model will be quite similar to mine.
I have an old Core 2 duo and a PQ5-EM which comes with a much older G45 integrated video by Intel.

For some time I used a dedicated GeForce 8800GTX OC Video card from BFG. The truth is that for regular use (see below), I hardly noticed any difference, if not for the extra noise and power bill...
- HTPC with a Haupppauge 2250 TV tuner.
- Heavy Productivity
- Light gaming (including Microsoft's Flight Simulator X)

I hope I will be able to upgrade soon and, when I do, I will not hesitate to repeat the setup (Intel CPU & Integrated Graphics). As far as going with AMD, I think it is a matter of choice.

In any case, if you want to go for a dedicated GPU, try one with passive cooling like this one.
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250x2 RAID0 + 500 GB Seagate 7200 SATAII DVD+/-RW LiteOn SATA W7 Ultimate x64 Samsung 2053BW 
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post #22 of 24
Modern Intel integrated graphics & AMD's APU's are more than enough for std HTPC usage - they'll play any HD content you want and stream video flawlessly. They lag only when you start gaming with them.

Passively cooled cards are great for HTPC's with great air flow (like the GD04/05), but can get quite hot in cases without good flow. I've been through two (that are still running, just in other systems), and will continue to go with actively cooled cards from here on out. The only cards I've been dissappointed in the noise level were cheap cards, and now knowing what I do, I'd go with integrated/APU over them anyway.
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post #23 of 24
You're going to want a dedicated video card for the flight sim. Not for the movie watching. How fast is that Core2Duo? My HTPC has a 1.6 Ghz dual core, and it struggles on hulu/netflix, mostly because they aren't taking advantage of the on board GPU. For my money, I'd want to look at the power of that CPU and make sure it's fast enough for what you want.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by herkalurk View Post

You're going to want a dedicated video card for the flight sim. Not for the movie watching. How fast is that Core2Duo? My HTPC has a 1.6 Ghz dual core, and it struggles on hulu/netflix, mostly because they aren't taking advantage of the on board GPU. For my money, I'd want to look at the power of that CPU and make sure it's fast enough for what you want.

In my case, the Core 2 Duo is an E7200 (stock 2.53 GHz) overclocked to 3.39 GHz.

I agree that overall experience with Flight Simulator X was better with the 8800GT OC, but it did not compensate for the added noise.
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250x2 RAID0 + 500 GB Seagate 7200 SATAII DVD+/-RW LiteOn SATA W7 Ultimate x64 Samsung 2053BW 
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