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March 14, 2013 7:56:23 PM

For the past 2 weeks, I've read a lot of good references for a gamer but rather shy for non-gamer like me, although I have overkill components (Sabertooth 2.0, 16GB Vengeance Corsair, 8 cores AMD+3 8350, 700 OCZ PSU).
I've noted some recomended cards on this forum, like, AMD 7750, GTX 460, Sapphire 6670, etc. Mainly, I want to get the best displayed picture. Would it be easy to help me ? Thanks in advance.
March 14, 2013 8:00:54 PM

Well, if you have components like that, I think you should top out this setup with a radeon hd 7850, after all it is only $80 more then the 7750 and way more powerful.
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March 14, 2013 8:05:57 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100292...

whether or not you want to use hardware acceleration like DXVA, the likes of AMD's 5450 (which is going for $16+ above) or Nvidia's GT610 will do fine. the more cpu instensive features like MadVR or 10bit X264/H264 playback shouldn't be much of a problem for the 8350

EDIT: some idea on the 5450's DXVA performance. old article, but it should still hold true for files that supports hardware acceleration;

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_5450_rev...
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March 14, 2013 8:06:11 PM

If you plan ONLY to watch movies and stream, any card in the 100-200$ price range will be more than enough. 7750 is a great choice but you should rather take the 7850 (highly rated card for it's price).


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March 14, 2013 8:06:11 PM

What is your budget?
If you are looking for a home theater video card a 7750 or GTX460 would be just fine if not over kill.
If you want to play games at 1080p on your TV then you will have to aim a bit higher depending on your budget again AMD 7850+ or GTX660+
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March 14, 2013 8:21:12 PM

Budget speaking I'd like to keep it around 150$ US, more or less. I've forgot to mention HDMI 1.4a is a must because 1080P, TRue HD or DTS-HD. Is the more memory the better, like 4G in the GT 640 ? What is important to look for ? Core clock, CUDA ?
Should 7750 be from specific manufacturer ? there is an Asus one here: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Thank you all for your prompt responses, it is really appreciated.
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March 14, 2013 8:40:06 PM

If you don't game, get a 7750. It will work just fine for what you want.
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March 15, 2013 6:21:45 AM

Hazle said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100292...

whether or not you want to use hardware acceleration like DXVA, the likes of AMD's 5450 (which is going for $16+ above) or Nvidia's GT610 will do fine. the more cpu instensive features like MadVR or 10bit X264/H264 playback shouldn't be much of a problem for the 8350

EDIT: some idea on the 5450's DXVA performance. old article, but it should still hold true for files that supports hardware acceleration;

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_5450_rev...

I really love this interesting article on DXVA, which has lead me to Guru3D; I 've learned something new, again. Thanks a lot.

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March 16, 2013 2:23:18 PM

On lower end cards, the memory size doesn't matter that much, especially if you don't game. 1GB is plenty. For AMD cards, I prefer Sapphire as they are the largest AMD gpu manufacturer and I have owned many of their cards without issue.
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March 16, 2013 11:14:11 PM

Thanks Maestro0428 for these precious informations. Really appreciated.
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