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Should I use a 5850 in a HTPC?

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Basically the title says it all. I was thinking I might want to game on the plasma screen, but I'd probably either use my PC or Xbox for gaming. I could probably sell the card and get something more HTPC friendly.

Then I could also sell my Xonar DX and use on board SPDIF. The 5850 just seems overkill for movies and music.
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sell 5850 if u think to use it on htpc...
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The 5850 just seems overkill for movies and music.
- you said it all
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Whats a good card to use then? It'll be paired with an e8400 and I got a fractal design R3 to put everything in.

Will a 5670 do? Or a fanless 5450?
Edited by BackwardPawn - 4/16/11 at 5:05pm
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What's the rest of your HT setup look like? If you're trying to bitstream lossless audio to a home theater receiver, you're going to need a 54XX or better vid card (that fanless 5450 is fine). Anything more is wasted $ and energy for movies. My htpc uses the integrated graphics on the i3 Clarkdale, which provides more than enough juice for 1080p and also allows my lossless audio streaming.

On the other hand, if you're planning on making it a hybrid htpc/gaming machine, the 5850 is not a bad card to have in there.
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post #5 of 6
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no lossless multichannel, unfortunately. I've got an older Yamaha amp that does dolby digital for movies, PCM for music. I bought the Xonar DX so that I could get multichannel on games, so without the 5850 there isn't much reason to use it.
Edited by BackwardPawn - 4/16/11 at 6:05pm
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Get a 5600 series level card. It handles post-processing effects for videos better than a 5450.
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