Looking for a video card to use on an HTPC I am building (running Ubuntu). Heres what I would like in it:
-I would prefer nVidia. I know back in the day when using linux, driver support for nvidia was better. If that has changed feel free to enlighten me.
-I will be playing HD media, blu-rays, etc..
-Price range is about $100. I would prefer less but I'm flexible enough to go more if need be.
-Must have an HDMI output (obviously?)
-Pcie 2.0 x16
-It will be used on a 40" 1080p LED LCD Sharp TV.
I will be using it in conjunction with an AMD X2 3GHz CPU, 4 GB DDR2 RAM, Gigabyte board. I was looking at the GTS 450 but my main issue is not knowing what differentiates a video card between being good for gaming and being good for HD playback. I will not be playing any games on this in case you were wondering.
EDIT: I should probably mention that I dont want this thing sounding like a jet engine. The last card I got is loud as hell.
If you don't plan on doing much gaming (judging by your choice of operating system), then I would just go with a cheep, modern AMD card. An HTPC should typically be small and quiet. Hardware muscle isn't usually a concern. A Radeon HD 64xx or 65xx would probably be a good fit.