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Looking at the AverMedia Live Gamer HD.. Ill have a 780 and a Essence DX Soundcatd and I.have a good monitor... but when I record will I need to go from gpu to the card? I don't want to take an FPS hit... I have a 120hz monitor and still want to take advantage of it... so what do I.do? Its my first capture card ever...
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Looking at the AverMedia Live Gamer HD.. Ill have a 780 and a Essence DX Soundcatd and I.have a good monitor... but when I record will I need to go from gpu to the card? I don't want to take an FPS hit... I have a 120hz monitor and still want to take advantage of it... so what do I.do? Its my first capture card ever...
Yeap you go from your GPU to the capture card and then from the capture card to your monitor. You shouldn't see a big performance hit. It will take a few cycles from your CPU but nothing you would notice.
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Does the record card encode properly?

Otherwise: Wait for Nvidia Shadowplay & get Kepler card smile.gif
The integrated H264 coding system in the kepler chip is able to record & encode( with 0.0% performance impact)

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If you are comparing it with the alternative of relying solely on your CPU to stream a screen capture program you are going to get a significant difference. I used to stream before my computer died and I wish I had a capture card to relieve the stress on my CPU so I could play my game at a higher frame rate. They are relatively cheap and they help a lot. The capture card you are wondering about is a good choice too.
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Some streaming programs are incompatible with the Live Gamer HD (it helps others out).

You have some pretty beefy specs, so I'd suggest beginning to stream/record BEFORE buying additional hardware. Then, after you've started streaming/recording, you can decided if additional hardware will even help (and can look into whether your preferred software can even use Live Gamer HD).

& whether you'll even take an FPS hit at all depends in large part on what game you'll be streaming. Some, with relatively low CPU requirements, are going to perform basically the same regardless of if you're streaming or not. Others, like SC2, are going to take a hit. Of course, they're not going to be getting anywhere near 120fps late game anyway.

Edit: currently one of the more popular streaming programs is OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), both because of its relatively small hit on system resources and because it doesn't cost money.

Here's a guide on OBS from teamliquid.net:
http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=372629
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