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March 22, 2010 12:42:16 AM

How much card is too much card for a non gaming user? I feel that soon the internet will be using the GPU instead of the CPU to render unwanted advertising so that non gamers will have use for more Graphics Processing, to make sure that all the unwanted graphic cluttering up my screen is even more distracting. I don't want to buy a jet fighter to taxi to the store,of course I like that it'll get the tail gaters off my pASS but the fuel will cost too much, besides, getting to the fueling stations will be a she dog. For sure having a 5970 in a non gamers PC is not only redickless I think there is a law against that? Having to sell a kid or kidney on ebay to buy it really doesn't add to the joy of acquiring it either.

I have a 4670 now and it's fine but I want to up grade for no real good reason and I will go a little over board. I want to get a five series ATI but I don't want to break that unwritten law about non gamers having too much card when there are gamers that go to sleep without having played with a good card. I think it is related to not wasting food because some kid is going to bed without eating.

Is a 5770 way too much for someone that watch online videos, check email, have a lot of windows open at once, lot's of browser tabs open and all on a 52 inch HDTV?

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a c 130 U Graphics card
March 22, 2010 12:46:00 AM

Just get an HD5670. It's a lot better than your 4670, is $50 cheaper than an HD5770, and won't require any power connections.

Then send me your HD4670 :) .
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
March 22, 2010 12:47:42 AM

I would say a HD5670 or HD5750 based on the usage but if you start gaming the HD5770 is an good option.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
March 22, 2010 1:01:45 AM

The HD4670 is already overkill for non-gaming purposes. Your post shows a general lack of understanding of how video cards operate. Getting a gaming card is not going to make non-gaming computing superior in any way whatsoever. The ATI HD5xxx series does have some extra features for video/sound playback but I would read up on it and make sure they have any bearing on your set up before wasting money on an upgrade you can't use. If you do end up wanting one of the new card the most you should consider is probably the HD5570.
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a b U Graphics card
March 22, 2010 2:38:50 AM

For non-gaming, even a $50 4650 will suffice.

4670, 5570s for around $60-$70 are good options if you aren't a gamer, but might run some games occasionally.

5670s or 4830s for about $80-$90 are good entry level gaming cards.

5750 or 4850s for about $100-$130 are good decent gaming cards.

5770 or 4870s for about $150-$16 are mid-high tier gaming cards.


So to the OP, a 4650 DDR2/DDR3 or 5570 for ~$50-$70 will suffice.
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March 22, 2010 2:47:34 AM

Are you saying that if browsers start using more GPU instead of CPU in HD videos that the 4670 will still be good on a 52 inch HDTV?

One more thing, if you see my system specs you'll see that I have an overkill PC for someone that watches videos online and check email so I a little overkill should be in order, a little, wouldn't you say?
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March 22, 2010 3:03:12 AM

Your 4670 is enough to power your hd tv. I just had a gpu failure, and had to put a previously taken out ati 2400 pro 128meg card back in to service. That card has much less power than your 4670. Took a little trial and error, but I'm getting smooth playback via hdmi~dvi adapter. 720p, also running a 17 inch monitor at the same time.

The 4670 supports ATI Stream Technology ATI Avivo HD (DVD/HD-DVD/Blue-ray Playback) Accelerated Video Transcoding
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?psn=0...
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a c 376 U Graphics card
March 22, 2010 3:04:33 AM

The size of the display doesn't matter, it is the resolution that is important. Your TV is likely 1080p which is 1920x1080 and yes the HD4670 is more than capable of video playback at that resolution.
For your other question no... overkill was never in order, it's just a waste of money really. Compounding initial overkill with more is just continuing to waste money. If you want some overkill get the HD5670 I guess. It's the maximum that can be considered reasonable in a non-gaming system.
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March 22, 2010 11:07:01 AM

Well it's not an overkill for a man with a little member to over compensate for so there, I'm getting it
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March 22, 2010 11:47:58 AM

bruhthakuga said:
Well it's not an overkill for a man with a little member to over compensate for so there, I'm getting it


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April 1, 2010 1:00:03 PM

Best answer selected by bruhthakuga.
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