I mean, I'm only looking to hook this up to my TV for videos and such, no gaming at all. So with that said, obviously I want something that will run well (1920 x 1200 I believe?). Any recommendations from anyone? $50 is about an ideal budget for something like this.
Here is a GT 210 DDR2 card that is $40 with free shipping and with MIR is $15. It's a newer card the the 9xxx series, or 8xxx. and may work better in a HTPC. I believe that is what this is actually geared toward. I believe it also passes audio through the HDMI where as the 9xxx series you need a cable that connects it to an audio source. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
that card woudl certainly fill his build. i am usually against passive cooling but if either the box has good ventilation or its only gonna be used for video playback/ web browsing and not gaming then i think it'd be fine. if your case has a side case fan though ignore this cause then you're fine
I think the Geforce 210 is your best bet.Free Shipping and it has an HDMI 1.3a port which i believe is for blu-ray.All the feedback on that card gets 5 stars,all agree it's a terrific card for watching movies.
^+1 yeah I'll also suggest the GT 220 coz G 210 is a entry level card and with 16 processors you won't be able to njoy ur htpc to the fullest, while with GT 220 for less thn 50 USD u'll hav 48 cuda processors, enough to swiftly run movies,videos with post-processing turned on to give much better picture quality.This card also has the latest video processor(VP4/VP5) embedded on it.