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Does anyone have any suggestions about not?
It's going into a HTPC rig. My dad is using the RMA'd P5N-E SLI board and got an e2180 and 2GB Ballistix and a 3650 (he doesn't need fancy graphics as all he does is browse the web and watch streamed video and listen to music) So i'm getting his old Dell. It's got a skt 775 P4 2.8GHz w/ HT and 1.5 GB memory. I have the hdd and stuff and dvd burner. But it's got either the choice of onboard intel graphics or a radeon x300 (lol i know) The only thing i will use this for is to watch HDTV and DVDs.


My qeustion is: does anyone have any suggestions as to why i should not buy this? If you do think i should buy this, where is the cheapest place to get it? Oh, and i'd like to buy by today if at all possible.

Here's where i'm gonna buy it from.

Oh, and i don't need to worry too much about HDMI and audio over HDMI as my Home Theater receiver lacks HDMI and my monitor says it can't handle HDMI from a computer (but i'm going to see about that)
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Take a look at the 2600PRO.They about $20 more and a decent performance increase.
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Originally Posted by mortimersnerd View Post
Take a look at the 2600PRO.They about $20 more and a decent performance increase.
I'm not looking for performance. I'm just looking into a card for decoding h.246 and the name of the game is spend as little money as possible and as quiet as possible.
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Originally Posted by stumped View Post
I'm not looking for performance. I'm just looking into a card for decoding h.246 and the name of the game is spend as little money as possible and as quiet as possible.
then i think you answered your own question
    
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he's just asking if there is anything wrong with the 3450. the answer is no! if all you are going to use it for is a HTPC built than a 3450 will be fine. ATi's the king of movie and picture quality by the way, so enjoy
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post #6 of 14
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thanks venom. that's all i wanted to know. also i wanted to know if there was a place i could get from any cheaper (but i doubt it, but maybe free shipping?)
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www.newegg.com is best place i have found out of 4 websites i know of. Unless nvidia has something to top the 3450??
 
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Yes, the 3450 should be just fine for video decoding. It's a great deal at that price.
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it will do it's job as intended, but i would actually have a 2600pro instead....64bit creeps me out!
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The reason I don't think you should buy the HD 3450 is because for $10 more you can get the HIS Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB off New Egg for $34.99 after the rebate. I just bought it last week and its runs great but takes up 2 slots. The core clock is 650MHz and the memory clock is 1050MHz. It has 120Stream Processing Units as opposed to the HD 3450's 40 Stream Processing Units. There is also double the memory on the 2600PRO. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161098
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