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HTPC video and sound cards to go with E2160?

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I've got an Intel E2160, 4GB RAM, and an Asus mATX G41 board I'm going to be using as the base for an HTPC, just because I've had these for a while in a home server/backup rig. I'm going to put a TV tuner card in it, but need some ideas for video. I could put my GTX 295 in it, because I would like a DX11 gaming card anyways for my main rig, but this seems like way overkill + power consumption wouldn't be ideal. What card would give me HDMI out and the best performance (Price under $200 and won't be gaming on this)? For sound, I was thinking of taking the old Supreme FXII soundcard that came with my Rampage Formula and putting that in the HTPC, but don't know if that would be much better than the onboard?
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Woah, sheesh a GTX 295 for a HTPC?

I think this would be perfect for you:

http://www.diamondmm.com/AIW5000.php

It's a GPU/Tuner card combo. Great performance and low power consumption.

Here is a review:
http://www.overclockersclub.com/revi...wonder_hd5000/

Also, a dedicated sound card will be better than onboard. That Supreme FX II should make a HUGE difference compared to onboard on that G41 motherboard.
    
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So, that card can handle any 1080p output that is thrown at it? I noticed their test bench uses an i7 920, which is a far cry from the E2160 that I'll be using. It is a good price though for the two cards I need.
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So, that card can handle any 1080p output that is thrown at it? I noticed their test bench uses an i7 920, which is a far cry from the E2160 that I'll be using. It is a good price though for the two cards I need.
Of course it can! The Radeon HD 5570 is an under-clocked 5670. It's quite a beastly GPU for what it's priced at: 400 Stream Processors, 627M transistors, 128-Bit bus. To put it like this, it out-performs the ATI Radeon HD 4850, and is just a little weaker than an 8800GT!

In the test they use an i7 to remove any CPU bottleneck, but of course that makes it hard to compare what a weaker CPU will give in terms of performance combined. I'm sure you knew that anyway .
    
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Thanks for the info. That sounds like what I need to get me up in running. If I need it, I could always upgrade the CPU I guess. The board will take anything socket 775, so I have plenty of headroom. I'm cutting the cord, so to speak. I'm getting rid of Verizon Fios TV/home phone/internet. Going with cable internet + OTA channels and that's it. Lowering my expenses from $140 per month to $30. I'm going to do this step by step, just to see what I'm happy with before jumping into other stuff, like a Blu-Ray drive which I doubt I would use much. We get a fair amount of OTA HD channels here which is good.
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