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What graphic card do I need for a HTPC hooked up to a 42 inch 1080p lcd

Ok, so I have never done this before but I am going to attempt to build my own PC, and instead of buying a new blu ray player, xbox, monitor, and surround sound why not just try and build a pc that does all this and hook it up to my tv. so now the question I have come too is what do I need to make sure I have to make this PC look as good as the three devices I listed above when hooked up to my tv? I kind of understand all the processesors and motherboards and all the pros and cons but graphic cards have me stumped
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  1. In a nutshell here's your answer...

    It depends...

    in order to properly assist...See this thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    If you're just watching movies...most on board graphics will work just fine...

    if you want to play games...you'll most likely be looking for a grapics card..
  2. ok so using my onboard card say to just blu rays I just hook my pc up through an HDMI cable if my pc supports HD and I have a blu ray drive. will the quality be as good as a retail blu ray player?
  3. and as far as that guide goes. That is kind of what I was asking, what of those things come into play as far as what I need to be able to get hd picture to and hdtv. I know they all come into play as far as compatibility with other hardware, but to make sure I have the right things to get quality picture to a tv what do I need to make sure and have?
  4. Leif2006 said:
    and as far as that guide goes. That is kind of what I was asking, what of those things come into play as far as what I need to be able to get hd picture to and hdtv. I know they all come into play as far as compatibility with other hardware, but to make sure I have the right things to get quality picture to a tv what do I need to make sure and have?



    Are we reading the same thing???

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)

    PARTS PREFERENCES:
    by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

    OVERCLOCKING:
    Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)


    Ok, so from what I gather so far, you're asking what hardware will you need to have a Blu-ray player equivalent HTPC...

    Absolute minimum is a dual core CPU...with a graphics solution that will support 1920x1080. Most (if not all) newer motherboards with On-board graphics will support that resolution. The only time I can see the need for an additional video card is if you intend to play games with this computer.

    That being said, here is what I would recommend building for a Blu-ray player/HTPC:

    CPU - i3-530 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115222

    MOBO - Gigabyte H55-USB3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128429

    PSU - Antec Earthwatts 430 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034

    RAM - Crucial 4 Gb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

    HDD - Seagate 7200.12 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    OS - Windows 7 x64 Home Premium OEM

    Optical - LiteOn - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106325

    Case - Silverstone - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163166


    Total Hardware Cost - ~ $700

    This will get you the hardware components to play Blu-ray discs on any HDTV...now all you need is the software:

    Software:

    Cyberlink PowerDVD 10- http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd/overview_en_US.html - $100
  5. Or if you get a retail Blu-ray player, it should come with software.

    See this LG Combo drive for an example. Note that some people seem to have had a problem with this drive, but others have not.
  6. what about this for an all around HTPC/ gaming

    i7-930/Gygabyte x58
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.391803

    radeon 4850(prolly add another one in a few months)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161296

    Corsair H50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010
    Plextor OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249055

    This all comes out to 1350, and i could prolly go up to 1600 if I needed to, or take something away if I dont need it what do you think
  7. Best answer
    If you could swing another $30 bucks or so, you could get a 5770...slightly better than the 4850 w/ DX-11
  8. OK so how would I need to hook it up should I go DVI to HDMI my tv has a pc in that is a dgb I think two hdmi's and optical. I'm gnna use a 5.1 system for audio so dvi wont be a problem but will I lose integrity?
  9. Best answer selected by Leif2006.
  10. If you're running 5.1 I'm assuming you will be using a receiver...in that case if your receiver can have a HDMI input, just run that HDMI from your graphics card to the receiver and you should be set

    I'm looking into what types of audio systems are out there...and from what I can tell DTS-HD is the route to go...this is the lossless master audio track that is used at theatres...

    So as long as your receiver/sound system is DTS-HD and you use an HDMI 1.3 cable to go from your computer to your receiver...you should be all set.

    And yes, there are different versions of HDMI...I just started finding this out...you'll need to do some research/asking to gain a little more info though...this is about all I know at the moment...still learning.
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