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|MaguS| 01-17-09 07:29 PM

Help me choose a card for my HTPC!
 
So I want to turn my HTPC into a gaming capable HTPC. I am currently using an onboard gpu that just wont cut it. I want a single card solution that will be able to pass audio through HDMI aswell as video. If it can't then it's no good for me...

I was thinking about getting the 4870 1GB or a GTX 260 but I don't know the performance they will provide at 1080p. Im not an AA ***** so as long as it can play most games smoothly, I would be happy. I don't want to spend more then $250 and I don't care for multiple card support.

Do you all think I could find a GTX 280 at that price? Lowest I found new was $300 or used for $275.

Xion X2 01-17-09 09:32 PM

Re: Help me choose a card for my HTPC!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by |MaguS| (Post 1905767)
So I want to turn my HTPC into a gaming capable HTPC. I am currently using an onboard gpu that just wont cut it. I want a single card solution that will be able to pass audio through HDMI aswell as video. If it can't then it's no good for me...

I was thinking about getting the 4870 1GB or a GTX 260 but I don't know the performance they will provide at 1080p. Im not an AA ***** so as long as it can play most games smoothly, I would be happy. I don't want to spend more then $250 and I don't care for multiple card support.

Do you all think I could find a GTX 280 at that price? Lowest I found new was $300 or used for $275.

My 260 works great as a blu-ray equipped HTPC. Using PowerDVD 8. I'm using a sound card, though, so I can't speak for the HDMI audio.

|MaguS| 01-17-09 09:41 PM

Re: Help me choose a card for my HTPC!
 
Don't have any interest in playing Blu-Ray on my HTPC since I have a PS3.

Blacklash 01-18-09 11:36 PM

Re: Help me choose a card for my HTPC!
 
I like this HD 4870 1Gb for 230usd or 205usd with rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127400

It has a good cooler on it too.

Toss3 01-19-09 12:30 AM

Re: Help me choose a card for my HTPC!
 
I'd get a GTX 260 if you're gonna use it for a HTPC. :) Drivers are better and it supports Ycbcr over hdmi.

boredgunner 01-19-09 05:41 PM

Re: Help me choose a card for my HTPC!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Blacklash (Post 1906531)
I like this HD 4870 1Gb for 230usd or 205usd with rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127400

It has a good cooler on it too.

The GTX 260 (CORE 216) is a better choice over the 4870 since it wins in most benchmarks, uses less power, and it runs cooler.


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