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9800gt. its nice to have the extra horsepower if you ever want to run blu-ray, or have to do some encoding in a pinch.
The onboard graphics can handle blu ray just fine. No need for the 9800. Or the 9500 for that matter.

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The onboard graphics can handle blu ray just fine. No need for the 9800. Or the 9500 for that matter.

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Good point. The reason I want a GPU in there thou, Is for the OSX. OSX don't support onboard graphics. There are very few onboard it can support, But it's mostly on Laptops because they get the Drivers form Macbooks.
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*sigh* You lucky folks with MicroCenter nearby. Quite frankly, for an HTPC, I'd just go with integrated SB graphics. It actually does more hardware acceleration than the 9500 GT or 9800 GT (the latter two only do partial VC-1 acceleration). Sandy Bridge with IGP has ridiculously low idle power consumption which is great if you leave the HTPC always on. You could always use QuickSync if you need to encode videos. Better PQ than CUDA, too.

The only reason to install a discrete GPU is if you plan on gaming. As for OS X support, might want to check Hackint0sh sites for Sandy Bridge IGP support. I would think it would support it given the latest MacBooks use Sandy Bridge processors.
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*sigh* You lucky folks with MicroCenter nearby. Quite frankly, for an HTPC, I'd just go with integrated SB graphics. It actually does more hardware acceleration than the 9500 GT or 9800 GT (the latter two only do partial VC-1 acceleration). Sandy Bridge with IGP has ridiculously low idle power consumption which is great if you leave the HTPC always on. You could always use QuickSync if you need to encode videos. Better PQ than CUDA, too.

The only reason to install a discrete GPU is if you plan on gaming. As for OS X support, might want to check Hackint0sh sites for Sandy Bridge IGP support. I would think it would support it given the latest MacBooks use Sandy Bridge processors.g.
Really? WOW. Ima keep that in mind. I'll try each settings and see how it goes.
Ima check everyday for IGP support for OSX too. Looks like that's a great route.
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I have a 9800gtx in my htpc and it often struggles with 1080p. All scenes with a lot of action will be choppy.

I just put a i3 SB 2100 together for my uncle and streamed a movie to see how it would do and ran it flawlessly. I'm now planning on buying a i3 SB to upgrade my system and put the 9800 into storage.
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I have a 9800gtx in my htpc and it often struggles with 1080p. All scenes with a lot of action will be choppy.

I just put a i3 SB 2100 together for my uncle and streamed a movie to see how it would do and ran it flawlessly. I'm now planning on buying a i3 SB to upgrade my system and put the 9800 into storage.
That is because the 9800GTX supports only Pure Video "2". NVIDIA's current cards support Pure Video "4" now. A $20 GT410 or HD5450 would outperform a 9800GTX in video playback. Even AMD's onboard IGP would be better for video.
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I have a 9800gtx in my htpc and it often struggles with 1080p. All scenes with a lot of action will be choppy.

I just put a i3 SB 2100 together for my uncle and streamed a movie to see how it would do and ran it flawlessly. I'm now planning on buying a i3 SB to upgrade my system and put the 9800 into storage.
Man, SB is ridiculously fast! I hate the SB trolls running around here posting SB! SB! SB! But this 2100 made me a believer. That is just a 2100. I imagine how 2600k @ 5GHz would be like. Intel made a winner on this one.

Yeah, I have the 9500 GT in there right now and I streamed a full movie, Play HD Movie on my 60" LG LCD and it's flawless. I gotta see thou. The HD is not that populated yet. I only have all the updates including SP1 Antivirus, Anti-spyware and anti malware, all the essentials. We'll see how this one goes.

My MB is a POS though. This one does not have AHCI and RAID option in the BIOS. It only have the driver for it.
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Yeah I might look into that. ATM my 9800 gtx needs the fan at 80% or above to keep it below 60 c which makes it loud as hell. I have cleaned it so many times its just not worth the hassle anymore.

I'm also using an old amd 4800 x2 939. I don't know if that has something to do with it.


Oh and I wasn't trolling I was just sharing my experience with your problem...?
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WoW! I thought it's hard to match this build until I saw this.
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