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January 16, 2011 11:40:23 PM

Hi guys, my trusty old dell that I have been saving up to upgrade to a HTPC has integrated graphics with only a vga output. After researching, I narrowed my choices down to these two cards.

http://www.amazon.com/Evga-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics...

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-HD4670-PCI-Expres...

I have a budget of around $60, and I have a Prime membership. Anybody with suggestions? The fan has to be silent for watching my netflix movies on my 32" hdtv. I might also be doing a bit of casual gaming on the side too since I don't own a console.

Also, anyone recommend a good value power supply? Maybe at about at least 400 watts w/ some 12 volt rails that can ouput at least 12 amps for my graphics card? I'm running a wimpy 115 watt Dell OEM right now.

Eying this one right now because of the after rebate price: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-430CX-430-watt-Supp...

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I'm doing a "budget rebuild" of my old pc. Here are some specs:

CPU: Intel Pentium D Smithfield

Upgrades:

4 GB Gskill RAM DDR2
Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Kingston SSD Now 128GB SNV-425
LG WH10LS30K Blu-ray drive

Thanks a million guys for taking your time to answer my question. :sol: 
a b U Graphics card
January 17, 2011 3:02:27 PM

4670 is a good card, low power and should be pretty quiet when just watching a video. It will output sound over HDMI without needing any extra pass through cables too which is handy.
I would say get a 5670, as it is a fair bit faster than the 4670, but your Pentium D is a fairly antiquated chip so unless you plan to upgrade that in the future I'd go with the 4670.
A 400w supply will be plenty. Not sure if the Antec EA380 is any cheaper in USA than the corsair 430 you have linked, but if it is, it would be ample for your system (27A on 12v).

a c 355 U Graphics card
January 17, 2011 3:35:54 PM

I would go for the HD 4670 since it uses less power than the GT 430 and it should be adequate for some light gaming. It was considered a pretty good mainstream gaming card when it was released.

The PSU you linked to is also pretty good.
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