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already got the ram
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Okay ... I got the HD5450 and not it wont post because my mobo only has a PCIEx1 or something :/ Is there any cheap LGA775 mATX mobo out there for less than 50$ ?
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I researched your motherboard and it has a PCIe x16 slot. If you meant PCIe 1.0, PCIe 2.0 should be backwards compatible. Have you tested it with a different graphics card? Does the system work when using integrated graphics?
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first if you have integrated graphics, then unplug the GPU and boot into BIOS, check somewhere for PEG or external VGA. just make sure your bios is not only choosing on board VGA.

I only ever use Gigabyte mobos, so I am not familiar with ASUS bios.

hope this helps

-doober

side note, why do so many people in this forum push ATI 5xxx cards over NVIDIA 430's, or the older 240?
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side note, why do so many people in this forum push ATI 5xxx cards over NVIDIA 430's, or the older 240?
HD 5xxx is older so most of the issues with HD audio bitstreaming have been solved. Neither the GT 220 nor the GT 240 supports HD audio bitstreaming. PQ tests also show ATI as being ahead of NVIDIA and Intel. Another thing, ATI is really good when it comes to power consumption. The only benefit with the GT 430 is 3D. It performs worse than the GT 240 and other cards in the same price bracket (e.g. HD 5570).

Personally though, I prefer NVIDIA for HTPC. I couldn't get rid of the silent stream bug that plagued my HD 4550.
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side note, why do so many people in this forum push ATI 5xxx cards over NVIDIA 430's, or the older 240?
Power consumption. Yes the 430 and 240 are more powerful cards, but for true HTPC's you don't need that much processing power.
A 240 is what, a 70w card, not sure about the 430 (but probably the same since no pci-e plug). A HD5450 uses 20w max, a HD4350 is 25w max.


Jomboh, not sure what the issue is. Do you have everything plugged in correctly? Will it work with another video card?
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I tried a 8500GT, a GTS450 and both graphics card works while the HD5450 wont even post to the bios because the screen will stay in power saving mode. on the bios the Primary VGA is set to PCIE and the hd5450 still wont display anything.

however the hd5450 will work on any other computer (tested on my i3 system and my sig rig)
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I tried a 8500GT, a GTS450 and both graphics card works while the HD5450 wont even post to the bios because the screen will stay in power saving mode. on the bios the Primary VGA is set to PCIE and the hd5450 still wont display anything.

however the hd5450 will work on any other computer (tested on my i3 system and my sig rig)
I had a issue similar to this. My cousin had an old ECS motherboard w/ PCI-express 16 v1.0? I was going to give her my ATI 4850 to replace an aging x800, but when i plugged the 4850 into her mobo, nothing would post and she had a black screen. I continued to try her x800 and the 4850 in my desktop, both worked fine. Plugged the x800 back into her pc, that also worked find. Seems to be a compatibility/bios issue with her motherboard
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hmmm weird ... other people seem to have the same problem. I googled p5lp-le and hd5450 and seems to be a bios incompatibility :/ i cant find a bios update for my mobo tho :/
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Since there is no solution, Use the GTS450 for your HTPC or sell off the HD5450 & get the GT 430 as a last option.

I prefer an nVidia over ATi as it is a CUDA supported card.
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