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Video card selection with a twist

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March 21, 2008 1:48:26 PM

Hello,
I’m new to the boards here and need some help with a question, I can’t seem to get my arms around. I’m looking at build a new computer (90% gaming). I’m just about finished with my home theater project and would like to incorporate this new computer into it. How fun would that be!?

Okay so the question is what video card is going to give me the best performance from a ceiling mounted projector?

Model: Infocus IN76
Projector specification:
Native Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Supported Aspect Ratio: 16:9, 4:3
Brightness: (Video Optimized Lumens) Whisper: 800 max ANSI lumens
High Bright: 1000 max ANSI lumens max ANSI lumens
Contrast Ratio: 3000 : 1 Full On/Full Off
Display Technology: DarkChip2™ 720p 12° LVDS, DLP™ by Texas Instruments
Data Compatibility: VGA (640x480), SVGA (800x600), XGA (1024x768), SXGA (1280x1024)
Video Compatibility: Full NTSC, PAL, SECAM, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1035i, 1080i, 1080p/24, 1080p/30, 1080p/50, 1080p/60
Color Wheel (DLP Only): 6-segment, 4-speed, D65K (6500K) color calibrated
Native Resolution: 1280x720

I think the numbers that really matter are the native resolution (1280x720) and supported aspect ratio (16:9, 4:3).
The new GeForce 9800 GX2 has a HDMI and supports some large resolutions, but with a native resolution of 1280x720 will I be able to take advantage of that?
Would I be better off with a 9600 series and covert the DVI out to a HDMI (if that’s possible)?
Or am I just wasting time and money on this project?

Thanks for any insight you can provide on this topic.
a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2008 1:53:42 PM

Itll handle those resolutions, all the cards youve listed. What itll really come down to is, what card will do it best? First, stick with the 9xxx series as that has true HD playback. Second, its just a matter of how good a card do you want?For gaming that is
a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2008 1:58:36 PM

You should be fine, we used to run a multimedia setup at church with a geforce fx5200, and if you don't know what that is, it's old nvidia stuff, and low end even. It runs the projector just fine. Only thing is get some reviews on the projector, my cousin and I played some games for PS2 on a projector once, and it messed it up, had a dark liine down one side of the screen from then on.
March 21, 2008 2:15:00 PM

You can bet it'll be fun to play with on a 100" screen, I would say that given the low res that you'll be using the 9800GX2 is not worth it, what I would recommend that you do is wait a week or two for the release of the other 9800 (basically rehashed 8800 G92s) to compare their prices vs the price of the 8800GT and 8800GTS G92, and make your decision from that point. If I would have to guess on which will be the best choice, I'd say you should be ending up with a 8800GTS G92 after you're done.
March 21, 2008 3:55:35 PM

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and give some feedback.

Are any of you out there running a gaming PC through a projector and if so what advice would you give someone looking at doing the same?
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