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Should I upgrade my HD4650?

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I've been using the HD4650 for almost 2 years and I don't know whether I should upgrade to a better one like a current gen GPU. Will I enjoy any benefits over my current card like better image quality or smoother high-def content playback, etc...?
I just use my HTPC strictly for playing blu ray movies so I only need a card that can give me the best video playback possible.
Any thoughts and suggestions?
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post #2 of 13
How do you have your 4650 hooked up and what are the rest of your HTPC's specs?

I'll say this in advance: If you've been satisfied with that setup for 2 years and aren't sure if you should upgrade then you probably don't need to.
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no point in upgrading.
     
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an hd 5850 or gtx 460 should do just fine, also u can game on them no problem.
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I have it hook up to my 42" 3D Plasma Panny via HDMI. I'm using a dual core AMD Athlon 6000+ 3.0Ghz since as mentioned in the first post I only use it for video playback so I don't need anything that is powerful. I'm just wondering if I get any benefits if I upgrade my card.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iTravis View Post
like better image quality or smoother high-def content playback, etc...?
No the only benefits for an HTPC you could possibly get by upgrading is lower power consumption or less noise (passive cooling). You should probably stick with what you have.
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Originally Posted by iTravis View Post
I have it hook up to my 42" 3D Plasma Panny via HDMI. I'm using a dual core AMD Athlon 6000+ 3.0Ghz since as mentioned in the first post I only use it for video playback so I don't need anything that is powerful. I'm just wondering if I get any benefits if I upgrade my card.
unless you have 3d I guess its not needed?-!-.-
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post #8 of 13
The only card I would say upgrading to would be worth anything is the 5550 and even that wouldn't be much. It would save on the electric bill and that's pretty much it.
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post #9 of 13
None of you mention that the 5xxx/6xxx card support bitstreaming dtshd and dolby truehd if that matters to the op.
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by hick View Post
None of you mention that the 5xxx/6xxx card support bitstreaming dtshd and dolby truehd if that matters to the op.
He didn't mention that it's a required function and that he desperately needs it.

If you don't need any of the latest tech, why bother upgrading? Noise / heat would be the biggest concerns, if you have some money burning a hole in your pocket I'd upgrade your CPU/Mobo.
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