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May 26, 2010 1:36:42 PM

Hello, i have a Asus ASUS M3A78-EM AM2 /AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard and i wanted to know should i upgrade to the 400 series ati videocard to give me better reception for upstreaming tv shows like BIGBROTHER from online.. i dont play games but my computer is connected to a 73 hd tv... i just want the best reception to fit my tv.. thank you very much

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May 26, 2010 2:29:16 PM


thank you very much Veteran... so u would recommend upgrading from the onboard 3200 for better picture quality.... Also, will i have to add an additonal fan and do i have to upgrade my power supply... i have a corsair 400 sli which is very powerful♠♠
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 2:58:19 PM

no, the ATI 4350 hardly draws any power, I have that exact same one running in a DELL slim line PC with a 250w PSU. It caused no major heat issues so if you don't need a fan now, I doubt you will need an extra one after you install it.
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a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 4:27:36 PM

He speaks the truth sah! : ) Btw, that's a huge TV
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May 26, 2010 11:03:50 PM

I know Boris and thats why i wanted to know exactly which card should i get that would not overtax my power supply and could make my viewing the best possible....My Sista is over in Hong Kong right now and can get a card pretty cheap so that is no problem. I also will be watching some Nexflix movies and i want to view them in the best hd quality for this size tv. Any other suggestion or anything else that will improve my viewing with this huge tv will be greatly appreciated... Thanks guys... my sista returns in a few days so let me know ok.....
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 11:10:31 PM

well you could look at the Nvidia 9400GT but the ATI cards pass though audio on their HDMI port. The Nvidia 9xxx series cards use an adapter and then you need to hook up SPDIF cable from your video card to your motherboard.
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May 26, 2010 11:54:59 PM

Hi CT, yea, i rather not use an adaptor with it ... Is there a even a better quality ati card that is low power sufficent that i should be looking at or this one is all i need
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 27, 2010 12:02:29 AM

the 4350 will do everything you asked. ATI also offers the 4550 but its the exact same card with 1GB of RAM..so in other words its the exact same card since both cards can not use 1GB of RAM effectively.
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May 27, 2010 2:29:12 AM

Great Info CT.... ok ill go with the one you first recommended to me..... you have helped me out tremendously.............. one more question if i may ask... you said that either card..... the 4350 (512mb) or the 4550(1g) could not use 1gb of ram effectively.... What did you mean by that my friend... this info could help me out later down the road im sure

Thanks again for all your help....Perc
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 27, 2010 3:34:28 AM

the card itself is not fast enough to use the full amount of memory effectively based on core clock speed, stream processors, memory interface, and the RAM itself. It's not a knock against the cards as neither is considered (or designed to be) a gaming card. For the task of DVD and other video playback the cards are easily up to the task (and are designed for such work).
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May 27, 2010 4:05:40 AM

THANK YOU VERY MUCH CT... I REALLY APPRECIATE IT
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