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Budget GFX card for blu ray

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by fozzybear, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. fozzybear

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    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.
     
  2. Marine-RX179

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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.
     
  3. fozzybear

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    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. :)
     
  4. Freddie1980

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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.
     
  5. fozzybear

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    Would a 4670 do everything I need or is it a little bit outdated?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?
     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2010
  6. Marine-RX179

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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
     
  7. fozzybear

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    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?
     
  8. stulid

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    Last edited: Jul 20, 2010
  9. james.miller

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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.
     
  10. fozzybear

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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? :confused:
     


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