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March 19, 2011 11:02:02 PM

I have built a home server out of piece parts (some of which are in this build due to other projects) but have decided I also want to drive video: primarily streaming but potentially Blu-Ray someday.

Here is my current build:

Intel S5000-PCL w/ MCH 5100 / ICH9
Dual Quad Xeon's 5408
4 GB DDR2 667 MHz FBDIMM
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

I am looking for a video card for this build with (1) good performance for my video requirements, (2) relatively low power, and (3) is quiet, and my research on this site and others is leading me to:

ATI HD 5670

Sapphire: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102917&cm_re=5670-_-14-102-917-_-Product ($74.99 after mail-in rebate)

XFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150467&cm_re=5670-_-14-150-467-_-Product ($74.99 after mail-in rebate)

ASUS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121362&cm_re=5670-_-14-121-362-_-Product ($79.99 after mail-in rebate + free shipping)

First question: Have I narrowed down to the best choice per my requirements or can you recommend another GPU?
Second question: If I have the best choice, which specific card/company do you recommend? I was leaning towards the XFX since they have some lifetime warranty but then saw the ASUS has a D-Sub instead of DisplayPort connector ... could come in handy.

Thanks in advance!

Edit: Host will be Linux (probably ubuntu) then I want to run Windows 7 in Virtual Box
March 20, 2011 11:01:52 AM

The Sapphire is nice, solid card. There's a identical Sapphire with no DP and D-sub instead in there, but the DP is futureproof, D-sub is obsolete.
April 9, 2011 8:09:14 PM

I noticed since this is a server board, the x16 PCIe ports (hardware connector) are actually only "x8 throughput": 2 x8 ports to the MCH can be combined for x16 throughput. What I'm uncertain of is if the x16 hardware connector is actually wired to support this: E.g., do they wire it such that 2 MCH x8 ports are wired to each x16 hardware connector such that you can get x16 throughput from one or the other x16 connectors or if these are purely x16 connectors, each of which can only get x8 throughput? Anybody know?
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