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Old 6th Jul 2010, 10:46   #1
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Budget GFX card for blu ray

As thread title. I won't be playing games so just need a basic card that does everything needed for blu ray. Max 40-50.

GT 220 a possible or is there anything better for the price?

Cheers.
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Old 6th Jul 2010, 11:05   #2
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Try grabbing a HD5450 512MB. It's a decent card for HTPC, and it has better sound features/options if you uses its HDMI for outputting audio.

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Old 7th Jul 2010, 08:56   #3
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Try grabbing a HD5450 512MB. It's a decent card for HTPC, and it has better sound features/options if you uses its HDMI for outputting audio.
Cheers mate. Will conside that.

I'm also considering just getting an Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 with the onboard graphics just to save a bit of cash.
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Old 7th Jul 2010, 09:10   #4
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You will have to double check but I believe all the 5000 series support HD audio bit streaming. I know this is present on the top cards but I'm not sure about the low end models.
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Old 7th Jul 2010, 09:27   #5
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Would a 4670 do everything I need or is it a little bit outdated? I can get an 1GB MSI HD 4670 for around 55.

Is it worth paying that little extra?

Would wouldn't I get from onboard 4250 graphics that I'd get from a standalone card?
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Old 7th Jul 2010, 09:48   #6
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Would a 4670 do everything I need or is it a little bit outdated? I can get an 1GB MSI HD 4670 for around 55.

Is it worth paying that little extra?

Would wouldn't I get from onboard 4250 graphics that I'd get from a standalone card?
Not point getting 4670 unless you will be doing a little bit of gaming, and the 1GB is also pointless unless you are gaming. Also, 4670 doesn't have the new audio feature as the HD5000 series.

4670:
* Integrated HD audio controller with support for stereo and multi-channel (up to 7.1) audio formats, including PCM, AC-3, AAC, and DTS, enabling a plug-and-play cable-less audio solution over DisplayPort (or HDMI depending on section)

5450:
* Integrated HD audio controller
* Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
* Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats

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Old 20th Jul 2010, 17:48   #7
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Not point getting 4670 unless you will be doing a little bit of gaming, and the 1GB is also pointless unless you are gaming. Also, 4670 doesn't have the new audio feature as the HD5000 series.

4670:
* Integrated HD audio controller with support for stereo and multi-channel (up to 7.1) audio formats, including PCM, AC-3, AAC, and DTS, enabling a plug-and-play cable-less audio solution over DisplayPort (or HDMI depending on section)

5450:
* Integrated HD audio controller
* Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
* Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
Sorry, forgot about this. Thanks.

Say I wanted to a bit of gaming at 1920x1080. Would the minimum card be something like a 5750? That would do everything the 5450 does regarding TrueHD and blu ray wouldn't it?
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Old 20th Jul 2010, 18:39   #8
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Say I wanted to a bit of gaming at 1920x1080.
depends what games you want to play, a budget card will struggle with that resolution.

if it helps- http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/vid...s_7.html#sect0

and just click on a resolution here- http://ixbtlabs.com/articles3/i3dspe...-video-p2.html to see how different cards stack up.
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Old 20th Jul 2010, 18:41   #9
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any 5 series card will be perfectly adequate for bluray playback. But if you want a decent gaming card, you'll have to pay for it. Ie, 5750 minimum imo.

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Old 21st Jul 2010, 17:43   #10
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Thanks chaps.

I'll be picking up the Samsung Blu Ray drive on Monday. Will give things a go with the onboard sound and PowerDVD 9 Ultra's dolby headphone option.

I'll be putting the GFX card on hold until I get a separate AV reciever and connect from the card's HDMI to the receiver. That should work shouldn't it?
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