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post #1 of 30
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Not looking to spend much. I won't be gaming, the most I'll do is watch HD movies on the 50" and YouTube. I was looking at the GT, GTS models. Point me in the right direction.

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GT220 or better from Nvidia, and any HD 5000 series from ATi, and better specced HD4000 series cards will be best. You can get away with a GT210 or something like a 4350, those will work, but it will depend on the rest of the spec.
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post #3 of 30
don't necessarily need a card, you only need a decent dual core at 3.0 GHz or higher.
but if u want post-processing, then what he ^ suggested.
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When you say HD.. Like 1080p? 720p? 1280x800?
I'm pretty sure just about anything can do HD quality video, and for 3D bluray you should get an ATI or AMD card. Look for something low ball cheap.
Basically a single core at 3ghz will do you just
     
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I'll be running an i5 2500k with 4 gigs of ram. If I don't get a card will I need a mobo with onboard graphics or can the CPU handle it by itself.

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Oh, and mostly 720p, some 1080p.

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The cpu can handle it, if you get an H67 board it will use the cpu's graphics. If thats all you want to do is watch movies it will work great.
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I'll be running an i5 2500k with 4 gigs of ram. If I don't get a card will I need a mobo with onboard graphics or can the CPU handle it by itself.

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^ What do you mean? Of course they do. What SB would have it if not 2500? This is a trick question BTW all of the SB have the second gen integrated graphics.
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If you get a board that can overclock that SB it won't have onboard video, if you get one that has onboard video, it likely won't have any clocking features. It's a chipset "feature", the P67 chipset that is good for clocking doesn't support the video features in the chip.

On the other hand, the onboard video from the SB's intel GMA trash is actually good enough for playing videos at HD (just not much more), just save yourself some money and don't buy the K version of the chip.
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