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HTPC htpc card?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Noob4ever, 14 Jul 2008.

  1. Noob4ever

    Noob4ever always learning

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    Was just wondering if anyone had any particular htpc card to recommend, going to be building one soon here, and I've basically decide on everything I need/want except for the card to put everything onto mah tv :D going to be doing some high def movies and such, and thats about it. this is going to be my htpc/server. going to put 5 1tb drives into it. then in a year or so when those get filled up I'll build a real server :D

    also....

    any recommendations on 64 bit vista sound cards would be nice....... since I keep hearing nothing but bad things about everything I see lol
     
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  2. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    I'm guessing you mean graphics card?

    Since you're not doing any gaming on it, go for a 780G motherboard and use the onboard graphics. It has enough juice for 1080p h264, its low power and its 'free'.

    With sound cards the same goes - the onboard on the 780G boards is usually pretty good. Unless you have some specific requirement that it doesn't have, its a good solution.
     
  3. korben

    korben What's a Dremel?

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    Renethx over at avsforum recommends the ASUS EAH3650 SILENT/HTDI/512M Radeon HD for their medium price HTPC build.
     
  4. EnglishLion

    EnglishLion working for the good of mankind...

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    Also consider where it will be, if it's in a lounge then you'll want something fairly quiet. I use onboard gpu as mentioned above, partly because I hate noise from my htpc and the onboard is passive.

    If you're putting it in to a cupboard or another room then a discrete card is better - in my experience the drivers support discrete cards more fully. I had to try loads of nvidia drivers to find something I was happy with on my htpc (geforce 6150 based) for s-video out to a widescreen CRT TV. The latest doesn't work properly for me it flickers at the bottom but an earlier one works fine.
     
  5. Noob4ever

    Noob4ever always learning

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    hm....... that asus card looks pretty decent, how does that stack up against a 9600gt or so?
     
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