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ok so my htpc is almost complete it is pretty basic, athlon 64x2 3800+, 2gig ddr2, 80gbx2 raid0. Now i need a video card. It will be hooked up to 1080p 46" samsung tv. I will be watching blurays mostly, but i would also like it to be able to game coop with my main pc. I want to spend as little as possible on the video card though. So the games dont really need to look pretty, medfium details on most settings is fine, 720p resolution while gaming, or 1080p if i can get it cheap enough, but the games must run smoothly at mediumish settings.

current games i play:

grid
cod4, cod5
farcry2
oblivion
fallout3

thanks in advance for the help, and extra thanks will be given
post #2 of 11
4830 or 9800 GT

cheaper 4650, 9600 GSO, 9500 GT....

for what you want anything in the 70-100 range can do it.
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Go here and check GPU Hierarchy and how each video card rates against each other:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...cs,2086-7.html


http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...rd-time-s.html


Both links will help you make the right decision!
 
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161260

would this handle 1080? or just 720?
post #5 of 11
That card will handle 1080!

In fact a quote from the ATI site;

"Each supports 18-, 24-, and 30-bit digital displays at all resolutions up to 1920x1200 (single-link DVI) or 2560x1600 (dual-link DVI)"

Go here and check it out;

http://ati.amd.com/products/Radeonhd4800/specs2.html
Edited by Gunderman456 - 12/12/08 at 11:17am
 
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i know it is capable of that resolutio but can ot run the games i listed with edium details at 1080p
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i know it is capable of that resolutio but can ot run the games i listed with edium details at 1080p
Most likely but it depends on the game and settings.


1080p is just 1920x1080. If you want to check reviews, look at the card's 1920x1200 performance in games and then add like 5-10% to the FPS. However, don't forget your CPU is a bit slow now-a-days.
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My 9600 GSO is really nice for the price. I ended up getting it for only $50 after the rebate. Plus, it's an EVGA card, so I got my rebate check in the mail only a month later after submitting it!
 
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I'd say get that 3800+ up to around 2.6Ghz, then you shouldn't have too much of a problem playing MOST games at 1080p. I don't think Farcry 2 is gonna happen though.
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one other thing i noticed while tinkering with the media center is that i really miss my raid array My 80gb x2 maxtor 10's pull 133mb/s and my 640gb wd drive i am using in my gaming rig only pulls 100ish. You can really tell a difference in boot speed and OS responsiveness. I was kinda surprised actually. I think i am going to get a 1tb drive for the media center, just for storing hd movies on. And then get me like 4 320gb drives for my gaming rig.
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