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Hey guys so im in the process of building a HTPC/server and currently looking at graphics right now. I was looking for a card that has low power consumption when idle/not under heavy use, but has the power to play the occasional sc2 and bfbc2 (low/med settings).

I was thinking of getting an ATI HD 6850 since it seems that it has low power usage overall. Might there be a better Nvidia counterpart or might amd be better? Also looking for some thoughts.

Also i was wondering which has better sound over hdmi nvidia or amd?

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The 6850 fits the bill, but also the cheaper/slower 5770. It would have the speed to run SC2 @1080p with high details.
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The 6850 fits the bill, but also the cheaper/slower 5770. It would have the speed to run SC2 @1080p with high details.
ah okay, so i should also consider that Is the sound via hdmi on the ATI cards better then the onboard/nvidia or is it pretty much the same? also how loud are the fans on the 6850? I was thinking of this XFX model

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From what I've seen in reviews the stock cooler of the 6850 isn't great, but the one you linked is very good. The problem with it is that all hot air from the card is being recycled inside the case, so you'd need good case airflow with XFX's style of cooling (and with all the other 6850s on newegg for that matter).

Here's an alternative that has 2 advantages: it is faster and it's cooling doesn't depend on how good the airflow is in your case Diamond 5850. The price is 10$ more, but it's worth every penny.

...and another alternative that is silent, consumes less, but it is slower and much cheaper: XFX 5770
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I'm gonna have to agree with dragos, The Radeon 6850 would not be a good choice in this case and a liable substitue would be a HD 5850, it's actually better than the 6850 and is better for high resolutions like you are using, the only problem that you may encounter are some cooling problems, those are all but rare on the HD5850.
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From what I've seen in reviews the stock cooler of the 6850 isn't great, but the one you linked is very good. The problem with it is that all hot air from the card is being recycled inside the case, so you'd need good case airflow with XFX's style of cooling (and with all the other 6850s on newegg for that matter).

Here's an alternative that has 2 advantages: it is faster and it's cooling doesn't depend on how good the airflow is in your case Diamond 5850. The price is 10$ more, but it's worth every penny.

...and another alternative that is silent, consumes less, but it is slower and much cheaper: XFX 5770
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I'm gonna have to agree with dragos, The Radeon 6850 would not be a good choice in this case and a liable substitue would be a HD 5850, it's actually better than the 6850 and is better for high resolutions like you are using, the only problem that you may encounter are some cooling problems, those are all but rare on the HD5850.
ah okay so the HD 5850 might be the better choice overall. hmm would the 5850 be a better choice if the the case im going to be using will have pretty good air flow. I was thinking of the corsair 650d. or might i just be better off with the 5770 ? price wouldn't be an issue, just best power to performance balance and any other factors
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Yeah that power supply would be enough and you really don't have to worry THAT much about airflow and cooling, if price is no object stick to the Radeon HD5850, it's the overall better choice, the 5770 cannot perform well in high resolutions like 1920x1080
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