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my friends got a pretty old sony pc. about 2 years old. but i noticed it has a PCIe 16x.

so i was wondering which card will give me the best performance for the money?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161174
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127305
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102703
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They all are terrible choices for a HTPC being hot, loud, energy consuming, large, and never fully utilized. Also, they probably would be bottlenecked on your CPU... assuming it's 2 yrs old.

Get a HD3450 for $25-30:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2f+Video+Cards
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
They all are terrible choices for a HTPC being hot, loud, energy consuming, large, and never fully utilized. Also, they probably would be bottlenecked on your CPU... assuming it's 2 yrs old.

Get a HD3450 for $25-30:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2f+Video+Cards
^ What he said.

There's no point in spending nearly $100 on a 2600XT for an HTPC (or at all, really). They are intended for mid-range gaming, and the ones you selected are overpriced, at that.

This Sapphire HD 3450 from the list DuckieHo provided looks excellent. Sapphire has a great warranty policy. It's a passive card (quiet) and only $22.49 after MIR.
Edited by Choggs396 - 5/16/08 at 1:21am
    
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^ What he said.

There's no point in spending nearly $100 on a 2600XT for an HTPC (or at all, really). They are intended for mid-range gaming, and the ones you selected are overpriced, at that.

This Sapphire HD 3450 from the list DuckieHo provided looks excellent. Sapphire has a great warranty policy. It's a passive card (quiet) and only $22.49 after MIR.
that's f***** cheap!!!!!!!!!!!
how is the perfomance in comparison to a 8600GT?
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post #5 of 23
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hows the
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103055
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121230
?

some of them dont have the speed listed...
i'll probably get the asus since it looks newer...

is it me or does these have HDMI slots?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103055
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Coolwaters View Post
hows the
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103055
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121230
?

some of them dont have the speed listed...
i'll probably get the asus since it looks newer...

is it me or does these have HDMI slots?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103055
no,it's not you.
the cards DO HAVE HDMI output.
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post #7 of 23
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that's f***** cheap!!!!!!!!!!!
how is the perfomance in comparison to a 8600GT?
The 8600GT is designed as a mid-range/budget gaming card.

The HD3840 will perform much worse in games - but it's not designed for gaming. You don't need a traditionally "powerful" graphics card for HTPC use. Just one that has the proper connections, decoding ability, and available drivers with the desired tools/utilities. ATI cards seem to be recommended more often for HTPC use:

Quote:
ATI video cards with catalyst driver work great for HTPC.
The Catalyst driver-pack offers great features for HTPC users such as image-position and stretch-to-fit which fixes underscanning issues on Projectors or fixes overscanning issues on Big screen TV's. it also has tools to reduce moiré patterns on interlaced TV's via S-video is you need to go Low-tech for some reason. The Catalyst driver also includes a complete set of deinterlacer modes built-in.
(Source)

So my answer would be: it depends on what you need it for.



Quote:
Originally Posted by Coolwaters View Post
hows the
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103055
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121230
?

some of them dont have the speed listed...
i'll probably get the asus since it looks newer...

is it me or does these have HDMI slots?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103055
They sure do. If you plan on using an HDMI slot, grab one of those. Sorry I forgot to mention that earlier.
Edited by Choggs396 - 5/16/08 at 2:09am
    
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post #8 of 23
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i guess this card fills all my requirements.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103055

anyone against it? cuz im going to order in 2morrow or 2night.
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post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Coolwaters View Post
i guess this card fills all my requirements.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103055

anyone against it? cuz im going to order in 2morrow or 2night.
That one looks good. Just keep in mind it's not passively cooled (has a fan). I'm not sure how loud the fan is on it, if that matters to you.
    
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post #10 of 23
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the fan doesnt really matter. it cant be like 40dba right?
i'll replace it if it gives me trouble.

lol for a bit more should i step up to a 3650?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127331
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121237

but im afraid he has maybe a 300w PSU...
i guess it should be fine....if its not enough i guess i can throw one of thos 450w PSU in it.
Edited by Coolwaters - 5/16/08 at 2:14am
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