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I am thinking about upgrading my lowly 8400GS. It's for my sig rig. I use it mostly for watching DVD/BluRay and streaming Netflix. I also do some DVD backup, but I use the CPU for that.
What should I look for in a card e.g. stream processors, memory, bitrate, etc.?
I am leaning towards ATI, so I was thinking of getting

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Suggestions?
Edited by spaceballsrules - 3/12/11 at 8:03pm
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If you can i would hold off for the remaining amd 6xxx video cards to come out. Unless you never plan on running 3D then go ahead and rock the 5xxx cards.
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Well honestly you wouldn't need an upgrade if you are doing just that. Though for half about half the price and just little less powerful. The HD 5570 is a good card or the GT240 GDDR5 (under $100) which performs around 5670.

Well one thing you would be looking into would be memory speed and type along with memory bit interface. If the card has 1GB of GDDR3 and with 128 bit memory interface it's going to be slower than it's GDDR5 counterpart.
    
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For HTPC, GT430 gets my vote.
    
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Gt240 DDR5 or 9400GT.
    
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Quote:
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For HTPC, GT430 gets my vote.
I would take a 5550 over a 430


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Gt240 DDR5 or 9400GT.
You may as well get an ati 3450 then...
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I would take a 5550 over a 430
GT 430 supports 3D. I think it's the cheapest video card that supports both HD audio bitstreaming and 3D.
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The GT 240 is the best choice out of the group since it can handle BluRay videos better than the GT 430 can.
     
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If you can i would hold off for the remaining amd 6xxx video cards to come out. Unless you never plan on running 3D then go ahead and rock the 5xxx cards.
No 3D for me. It's uncomfortable. HD is more than enough eye-pop for me.

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Well honestly you wouldn't need an upgrade if you are doing just that. Though for half about half the price and just little less powerful. The HD 5570 is a good card or the GT240 GDDR5 (under $100) which performs around 5670.

Well one thing you would be looking into would be memory speed and type along with memory bit interface. If the card has 1GB of GDDR3 and with 128 bit memory interface it's going to be slower than it's GDDR5 counterpart.
That's what I thought as well. The picture is fine most of the time, and really good with the right source. I am just wondering if I might be shorting myself somehow. Plus, Vista says my graphics suck, and if Vista says it sucks....
Maybe I should ask which card will get me a 5.9 rating in Vista?
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Maybe I should ask which card will get me a 5.9 rating in Vista?
Maybe you should ask why you are using vista
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