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I am looking to finish my HTPC build and I am stuck on which GPU to get. Generally speaking, I prefer NVIDIA cards, because the driver/software seems a bit more polished, but I am open to using an ATI card if it makes more sense for my system.

This HTPC will be on 24/7 because it will be my cable box/dvr, dvd/blu ray player, and it will be used for some gaming as well. I'm not a heavy gamer, but I will be playing some games like Street Fighter IV, some racing games (NFS: Shift, GRID, etc.), and I will be running everything at 1920x1080. I'd like to get the best frame rates possible given the limitations of my system. In the near future, I'm planning on picking up a 3D ready Plasma TV, so 3D capability is necessary.

That being said, I am limited by a 380W Antec PSU with a single PCI express 6 pin connector. Swapping the PSU is not an option because I've invested quite a bit of time and money having the cables on the PSU cut to custom lengths and sleeved, and I'm limited on what size PSU I can fit in my HTPC case. For those reasons, please don't recommend upgrading or swapping my PSU so that I can power a faster video card.

I am torn between picking up an Nvidia GTS 450, a Radeon HD 6850, or waiting until a replacement for the GTS 450 (GTS 550?) comes out...

Here are the rest of my system specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H
CPU: Intel Core i5 650
RAM: 4GB OCZ DDR3 1333 CL7
PSU: Antec EA380D
Optical Drive: Lite On Blu-Ray iHES206
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Well, what would you get if you were me?
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post #2 of 7
I think the 450 is only $95 at Microcenter after a MIR. Not sure the location of your nearest MC, or whether or not you mind MIR, but that's a solid deal.
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I have used numerous video cards in HTPCs, and my favorite card for HTPC's is this 4670 Sapphire hands down.

It will not require you to change your PSU. It's low cost as well. I have installed this card in more then a dozen HTPC's for myself and clients.


Let me be clear that I would rather run my HTPC a little bit warm then have it make audible noise.

This is a low heat card which is important for me because I run the HTPC case fans at very low speeds to reduce noise. This card also has a large quite fan. You can control the card's fan through software. It has a native HDMI out as well. This card just seems like it was made with the HTPC enthusiast in mind.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-855-_-Product
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post #4 of 7
Just tossed a GT 430 in an HTPC build. Works pretty well. It's got an HDMI out on it, as well as DVI and VGA. Not external power required, either. Cheap too. I don't know what kind of gaming performance you'll get, though, but the GT 430 does its job pretty admirably and stays COOL. It idles around sub-30C right now, compared to my GTX 285 which is a ~55C right now.
post #5 of 7
why the heck are you making a really good pc for htpc? i envy you man, i`m using a celeron e3300(stuck with 1gb ddr2, out of cash, and i`m waiting for another 100$ to upgrade the mobo and ram to 4gb ddr3) and gt240 512mb gddr5 as htpc.

but anyway, wait for the gtx550 ti, its suppose to run cooler and less power hungry for more performance, oh but i suggest gt530 for an htpc, i just cant see the point of using a mammoth carry a child.
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Thanks for all the feedback guys. I can get by using the intel on board gpu until the new GTS 550 comes out and then I should be able to decide what I want to do.
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post #7 of 7
I am a nvidia person as well
but when it comes to a video only machine the ATI card is the better way to do

nvidia excells at gaming, ati beats them at video
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