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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Advice on Video card

I have a TA690G AM2 board with a 4600x2 cpu 2gigs ram and M-Audio Revolution 7.1 audio running Vista Ult. Using 1080p LCD TV.
Was thinking of 3470 for video card. What do you think?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 02:48 PM
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You don't say why you want this card so its impossible to say.

My only note would be that this is an entry level Direct X 10 card so don't expect to be able to run games at 1920 x 1080.



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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 04:19 PM
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For Multi use HTPC, Gaming I would go with a 3850 right now but if thats
too much money then a reasonably cheap 2600 XT not the Pro will run 1080P
on that system just fine and give reasonable gaming for about half the cost of the 3850.

Iam running a 2600pro on pretty much the same setup and it works just fine
but my TV is a 720P set I wouldn't want to try 1080P with it.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Not interested in gaming. Thinking of adding blue ray to computer. Have never tried onboard graphics with setup using 1080 LCD, currently using ATI 1900. Just got Samsung LN52A650 and started using computer as HTPC and although system plays downloaded 1080p content, it uses up to 90% cpu.Was looking for video card to take up some of this load.
Again gaming not important,but either is the $70-whatever it will cost for graphics card.
Have AMD 4000+ single core system, but AGP setup just seems to be a waste of time to try and get to work properly.

Comments, criticisms welcome.............Dyno
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 06:30 PM
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Well if gaming is not a priority I think I would still go with the 2600 XT for 1080P
BD playback, there selling here for around $110 & the Lg supe multi BD reader can be had for about $165 or a bit lower with some careful shopping.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 06:38 PM
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I have same board and went for the HD 3650 card. I don't have 1080p display but everything has been perfect on 1080i display.

I previously had OTA 1080i playback problems which were resolved and bluray playback has no problems as of yet. I have to double check but I think CPU usage was around 20-25%.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Q: Which HD3650 did you get? I see an ASUS EAH3650 SILENT 512 mb DDR3 for $79. Would that be good bet?

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 10:40 PM
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Dyno ,

I got the Sapphire HD3650 DDR2 512 mb. I haven't looked at prices recently but I got mine a month or so ago for $80 I think. Prices for this stuff goes down every few days so I would assume it can be had cheaper now.

The one thing I didn't like about the sapphire is it did not come with a DVI-HDMI adaptor and I haven't been able to find one. Don't actually need it as bad as I though but it is a PITA if you need one.

Can't comment on the Asus. The HTPC sounds the exact same as it did before so the fan is pretty quiet. I have an Antec2400 case which is pretty silent.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-24, 02:19 AM
 
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I've looked into that passive 3650 card a bit and from what I've read the passive cooler works great, the only issue you may have is an extra slot of space below your pcie slot. Just don't expect to be overclocking it...
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-24, 08:30 PM
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Yup, the three suggestions that I have mirror most of what is here.

3450, 3650 or get a new Gigabyte 780G based motherboard. Those mobos have onboard graphics that equal the 3450 and the onboard audio on the Gigabyte 780G is very good.

The funny thing is that the new mobo can be had for only $90. Not much more than a standalone 3450
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Asus 3450 for about $30 after $10 MIR. I put it up in the deals section.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 2008-05-25, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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q3jxb: Got to agree with you! Can get video card upgrade in the future,if I think I need it. Don't game at all. For now I have decided to go with:

Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H
Antec NSK2480
LG GGC-H20L BLU-RAY

I'll use 2gigs ram and 4600x2 from TA690G AM2 and save old motherboard for whatever.

Unless someone has better idea! Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H seems like hands down best HTPC choice at the moment.
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