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hello everyone
i recently built a small form factor pc primarly for storing backups, but i hooked it on my tv and wanted to watch some movies on it
BUT the crappy x3100 gma is a no go for xbmc and i need advice for a new video card i need it fast for decoding mkvs and hd movies and have a look at the cpu too
it has to be low profile because the case
these are the specs

asrock k31m-gs
intel celeron e4300 2.6 1m
2gb ram single stick
sas raid controller lsi 3041
2x72gb sas 10k drives raid 0 for system
250gb sata for fast storage
the movies are on NAS gigabit

os is windows server 2008 r2

ty in advance and sorry for my bad english i'm from italy
post #2 of 4
Any of the following should work:
ATI Radeon HD 5450
ATI Radeon HD 5570
NVIDIA GeForce GT 430

The above are the cheapest cards from the current generation. I'm surprised you're having troubles, though. The CPU should actually be good enough for playback of most content even without hardware acceleration. Does XBMC add a lot of overhead?
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Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
KeyboardCaseMouse
Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
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Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
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Rosewill R101-P-BK 
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it seems so, when i play hd video in xbmc it freezes after 10 seconds or so, and the UI is slow :S
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how many gigs are free on the 250gb drive? sounds more like your slowest component is weak...
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