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I have a p8p67 pro I am not using, and I was thinking about grabbing an i3 and a cheap video card and replacing my AMD box with it. I have never really looked at what is necessary for 1080p playback.

Would it be a mistake to throw something like this in there and call it a day?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125431
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I did some research for you and according to what I read that card does have hardware acceleration for video. If I understand this is something that is usually turned off and that you want your CPUs to handle. However if your CPUs are not up to the job of 1080p x264 w/ hi quality sound then they might be able to help but I am not certain.

If your cpu is up to the job to begin with then it doesn't matter what gpu you throw in since the CPU is decoding the video anyways.

This obviously isn't your sig system so some extra info would be helpful. You can have multiple computers in your sig systems.

Bottom line is just judging from the board. You are likely to own a CPU fully capable of decoding 1080p x264 videos.

My OC'd x58 i7-920 has a GeForce 7800GT in it. It has no problems at all. Just don't expect to use it in video games.

Lastly if you have a good chip in that set up and want to just replace the motherboard then get a new dirt cheap motherboard that supports onboard video. Especially if you have something rocking 2500 or better graphics.
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Originally Posted by givmedew View Post

I did some research for you and according to what I read that card does have hardware acceleration for video. If I understand this is something that is usually turned off and that you want your CPUs to handle. However if your CPUs are not up to the job of 1080p x264 w/ hi quality sound then they might be able to help but I am not certain.

If your cpu is up to the job to begin with then it doesn't matter what gpu you throw in since the CPU is decoding the video anyways.

This obviously isn't your sig system so some extra info would be helpful. You can have multiple computers in your sig systems.

Bottom line is just judging from the board. You are likely to own a CPU fully capable of decoding 1080p x264 videos.

My OC'd x58 i7-920 has a GeForce 7800GT in it. It has no problems at all. Just don't expect to use it in video games.

Lastly if you have a good chip in that set up and want to just replace the motherboard then get a new dirt cheap motherboard that supports onboard video. Especially if you have something rocking 2500 or better graphics.

I only have the Intel 1155 mobo, and I was hoping to grab an i3 and a cheap graphics card for 150.00 USD or less. Then round everything out with parts bin stuff. I have a Crucial 4GB DDR3 stick, an Antec 500w PSU.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/398007/Core_i3_3220_330GHz_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor

Assuming that I grab that, video card is irrelevant?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161379

I would go with this if you are considering long term investment. If you want video playback at 1080p, Integrated 2500 will function just fine, but this will ensure your HTPC use for quite some time. The 6450 you listed is quite weak, and although it will operate to your needs, isn't worth the money.

Just my two cents.
post #5 of 23
Try using the integrated i3 graphics first. If you aren't satisfied with the playback results, then consider forking over some money for a basic GPU
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just make sure it has the outputs you are looking for thumb.gif
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Why not a passive one, if you don't need a powerfull card, you might as well buy a passive one to lessen the noise.
 
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Originally Posted by mingqi53 View Post

Try using the integrated i3 graphics first. If you aren't satisfied with the playback results, then consider forking over some money for a basic GPU

best advice I think...

you don't even need a video card if the mobo has hdmi on it. 1080p playback is possible with any modern cpu. My i3 550 is a music/video pc and it works just fine.
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P67 mobos can't use the integrated graphics as far as I know and I was hoping to grab a cheap (used preferably) i3 to avoid buying a new mobo. I think based on the earlier post that all I really will need is something with a DVI connector since apparently the CPU will be doing all the work and I would imagine the i3 will be up to the job.
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