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Improve HD viewing with graphic card and audio card upgrade

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I wish to upgrade an older desktop to improve viewing and listening to HD movies.

It has a Gigabyte H67MA-USB3-B3 motherboard with a Corsair CX600 PSU.

Presently installed are a AMD Radeon HD 7750 single slot graphic card and a Asus Xonar DDGX single slot sound card. Both in PCIE slots.

Recommendations will be appreciated.

Budget is $300.

Thank you.
post #2 of 3
Remove video card, use onboard graphics. That's all you need for watching movies.

As-is, it is kinda overkill for simply watching movies. Are you planning to use it as an HTPC? What are your expectations (change to small form factor case, 10 foot user interface, ability to play AAA games from the past few years at acceptable frame rates)? Are you planning on using 1080HD or 4K? A full list of all of your questions, expectations, and current hardware will help people give you answers that are more appropriate for your goals.

I'm using integrated Haswell graphics which works perfectly fine for me. Some people would flip out if they had to look at any screen being rendered on dedicated hardware more than 2 generations old. Without a direct example of your expectations, you will get answers from both extremes.

Given your budget, using a dedicated box would be much cheaper, more user friendly, and probably easier to set up. Apple has a new Apple TV, the Roku 4 I believe is out by now, and the new Google Nexus TV should be here any day. The box described here looks pretty interesting and affordable if you want to go small footprint and affordable. Otherwise the box you have is more than capable.
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Thank you for your comments and suggestions.

I will consider what you have said.
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