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Is this necessary? I'm looking at a build including an i3 2100 and an H67 mobo with Intel HD 2000 integrated graphics.

For DVD/Blu-ray playback, would something like a GT 430/HD 5550 make a noticeable difference or is the on-board video sufficient?
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When I was looking for HTPC GFX cards I got to see some comparisons of the stock Intel/AMD chipset up against the discrete setup. The general conclusion was that the stock Intel HD graphics could handle it but not without a ton of strain on your processor. I personally had to get a discrete card because I have a P4. I went with the GT430 and it plays all my Blu-ray without problem. It also has the easiest setup for audio passthrough if thats something you're looking for. It's just install the drivers and it works. Hope this helps. I will try to find those benches for ya.
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Ah thanks for the info! Those benches would be great. Reps
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I recently went Core i3 2100T and a passive GT430 to replace my Ion/Atom HTPC that decided to die; I had a hell of a time getting HDMI audio to work in XBMC Live (actually, in the end, I gave up as I'm no linux expert and when I got audio working it irreparably broke shutdown/poweroff) but the combination plays everything I throw at it with no trouble at all. Then again, a dual-core Atom and 9400M GPU managed everything fine as well... with the exception of a little bit of stutter on 1080p content occasionally.

In the end, I'd rather go a little overkill, than have stuttery video playback.
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