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Build Advice Which Silent GFX Card for HTPC?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by soopahfly, 16 Nov 2011.

  1. soopahfly

    soopahfly Minimodder

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    I'm currently running a little Zotac Celeron/Ion box for my HTPC, but it gets a little overwhelmed when it's doing Sab post processing, so it will be getting relegated to the lounge for wife/xbmc duties.

    I'm building up another from bits, roughly it's :

    Currently Got
    MSI Motherboard
    Intel Core2Duo CPU
    4GB DDR2 Ram
    500GB Sata II hard drive

    Planned Purchases
    Black Gold Quad Tuner (Freesat/Freeview
    Gelid Syberian Cooler
    Scythe Slipstream 120mm Fans x2

    Unsure Purchases

    Here's the bit I'm not sure about is the graphics powering the thing.
    Do I go ATI or Nvidia?
    The two I'm looking at are the Sapphire 6570 Fanless
    and the Zotac Fanless GT430


    I'm planning on running XBMC, Sabnzbd, Sickbeard, uTorrent, Couch Potato and Headphones on this system, running 24x7 connected to an Onkyo SR-TX308 Amplifier. The TV will run 720p/1080i, and most of my media is 720p.

    Is it just going to be a case of get either card, it'll be more than up to the job?
     
  2. goldstar0011

    goldstar0011 Multimodder

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    I use a GeForce G210 in mine, tiny fan so very silent, handles everything thrown at it to date,, cost £20 at the time
     
  3. soopahfly

    soopahfly Minimodder

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    I'd rather have more power than I need than to "Just" have enough.
    My Ion is supposed to be able to handle 1080p stuff but I get a few stutters and dropped frames. Doesn't seem to bug my fellow watchers but it drives me potty.

    I'm leaning towards the HD6570, as I'd like to do a little light gaming on it.
    I may even swap out my C2Q into it if need be.
     

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