The graphics card you provided a link to will work. However, the 5450 is no better than the 8600GT and from what I found on a quick Google, the 8600GT is actually BETTER.
Your motherboard also has the required PCIe Slot for the BlackMagic Intensity Pro. So yes it would work, but make sure to double check your PSU and the power requirements for the Intensity Pro and the graphics card. I can't imagine the Black Magic uses much, but its best to check first.
There is a list of graphics cards that they have tested and they work with. basically, I want to get a graphics card that is cheapish but will be able to run the BMI pro stably without any lag. Any recommendations?
Couldn't find an exact answer to what PSU will work well, but do you reckon mine would?
For graphics card upgrades, this really comes down to your budget. How much are you willing to spend on a new card? Your motherboard can support pretty much any card you like. I would probably recommend try your current GPU first, if you find its laggy, then possibly consider an upgrade.
HDD speed shouldn't matter. 5400rpm should be fine, after all, its only storing the data.
Not to mention the incredibly high HDD prices currently due to the flooding that happened in Thailand.
Unless there's a "minimum/recommend" requirements list for the BlackMagic....I'm really not too sure what it will require to work well, or work at all.
I was using a HD PVR with my old computer and that had a very low dual-core spec. It worked just fine for streaming to my PC, recording, saving, editing ect. I really cant see that you would have any problems. Possibly check on the Black Magic forums - if they have some - and see what the recommendations on there are.
If Google, nor forums throw up any useful info, send the company an email and just ask. I'm sure they would be more than happy to help since your considering buying one of their products
Ah right! I thought it might be a factor to consider because of the data it will have to write per second. I think I read somewhere on Motion JPEG Compression it's about 0.9GB per minute.
Hopefully I don't have any problems, I found out that the minimum RAM needed is 4GB and I have 4GB Patriot DDR2 so after knowing that, I dont want a graphics card with HyperMemory do I? As that takes system RAM if I'm correct?
Thats a good price, think i will have to invest in one, I'll check other sites though as you have said see If I can find a better price.
That data write seems incredibly high. Recording on highest HD PVR quality settings the raw h.264 file was only about 1GB for 10mins of video from what I remember. I can't imagine the Black Magic is almost 10x this amount. Even so a 5400rpm is "standard" for most computers and so shouldn't be an issue.
Having a dedicated graphics card wont use system memory. The type of cards your looking at (ATI 4650) or whatever, all have dedicated memory so this again shouldn't be anything to worry about.
I'll try and have a read into the Black Magic in a little more detail today. It's a product I looked at myself a while back but decided to go with the PVR due to having a "store built" PC and not feeling confident enough to install the BM myself. Thankfully, a couple of years on I actually work in IT now and things like that are an every-day task
I searched lower models like HD5970 (I think it was) and it was so expensive haha
Also on BM's site it said and quote this
'DeckLink, Multibridge and Intensity:
An accelerated graphics card is required for use with DeckLink, Multibridge and Intensity cards. A motherboard integrated graphics card is not adequate and will not work properly.' Also, it needs a Texture Fill Rate of >22,000 MT/s.
Sorry for late replies, but I want to thank everyone that has helped me with this. So I have decided on what I am going to be doing. Here it is.
Im going for a Radeon HD4850 Graphics Card
Going to get a better cooler for my CPU the Gelid Tranquillo (I think it's called that )
Sticking with my 4GB RAM as Ive seen 8GB go for about £102
Sticking with my CPU
Regarding Memory Usage of the Black Magic Intensity Pro, once the file has been made I will render it down to wmv so it should take less memory