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Budget gfx card for 1080 video out

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January 6, 2012 5:52:31 PM

I'm putting together a PC mainly from spares but I'm likely to need a gfx card. I'm after something budget with hdmi output that will run 1080 mkvs and other compressed files.

Does anyone know anything about what the audio out is like on these cards too? I'm going to be running this through an AV receiver into a 5.1 system?

Cheers in advance
a b U Graphics card
January 6, 2012 6:09:17 PM

GTs 550 Ti is good for $130...
a c 163 U Graphics card
January 6, 2012 6:15:24 PM

But overkill I think. What PSU do you have? What are your specs for that matter?
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a c 163 U Graphics card
January 6, 2012 6:29:53 PM

^+1. Cheap and perfectly good enough for you I think.
January 6, 2012 7:23:22 PM

Do I need even that much grunt?

I've got an E6600 processor with 4gb of RAM and all this machine is ever going to do is run vids onto my tv, no games. I doubt very much Ill be installing windoze. It will be a linux install with media software such as boxee.

Does anyone know what the audio out on these cards is like? I've not seen much written about them.
January 6, 2012 7:24:30 PM

Thanks for the speedy responses btw
January 6, 2012 7:51:08 PM

Sunius said:
I'd get GT520.. My friend uses it for both HDTV and running office programs/visual studio on two monitors at the same time, and it does the job perfectly.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Low profile to boot! Any ideas what the audio is like out the HDMI?

I'll have the same little whinge here I did on my other thread. On the FX that card should be £28 but £36 is the best price in the UK. That is a hefty percentage if I were doing a full build!
a c 163 U Graphics card
January 6, 2012 8:08:11 PM

520 is waaaaayyyy overprices though.
a c 291 U Graphics card
January 6, 2012 8:09:18 PM

That's what we Europeans get! It's called VAT :<
January 6, 2012 9:03:42 PM

rhintintin said:
Do I need even that much grunt?

I've got an E6600 processor with 4gb of RAM and all this machine is ever going to do is run vids onto my tv, no games. I doubt very much Ill be installing windoze. It will be a linux install with media software such as boxee.

Does anyone know what the audio out on these cards is like? I've not seen much written about them.


Linux means no ATI :( 

You might want to check the XBMC forums - specifically this one:

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?p=843683#post84368...

and this one:

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=94199

Just a reminder but Linux means no Netflix :( 
January 6, 2012 10:28:28 PM

NicoloB said:
Linux means no ATI :( 

You might want to check the XBMC forums - specifically this one:

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?p=843683#post84368...

and this one:

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=94199

Just a reminder but Linux means no Netflix :( 


Wow, there is some indepth info there, thank you. I don't plan on using netflix or love film. If it became an issue I'd consider a dual boot. Is netflix like love film and use silverlight? I heard a little birdy say that silverlight is being wound down.

ALthough you have reminded me that I use skyplayer which is also silverlight. That may put pay to my linux plan. ALthough not as much as the as yet undiagnosed problem which means I can't get the other components I'm intending to use to play ball and fire up using my old geforce.
a c 291 U Graphics card
January 7, 2012 4:26:20 AM

If ATI cards are out of the question, the GT 520 would be the cheapest solution, I suppose.
January 10, 2012 9:16:20 PM

rhintintin said:
Is netflix like love film and use silverlight? I heard a little birdy say that silverlight is being wound down.

ALthough you have reminded me that I use skyplayer which is also silverlight. That may put pay to my linux plan. ALthough not as much as the as yet undiagnosed problem which means I can't get the other components I'm intending to use to play ball and fire up using my old geforce.


Yes, Netflix is our Love Film and uses Silverlight. Silverlight won't go away quick enough for me... but with no DRM in HTML5 it seems to be that or custom fat clients like Ultraviolet uses.

I much prefer the Linux XBMC Live or OpenElec routes personally, they behave (as they should) as an appliance - the Windows route is more quirky.

If you do wind up going the Windows route, the AMD 6450 is a great HTPC GPU - about the same or cheaper than the Nvidia 520, more capable, and more power efficient.

Also, the AMD /= Linux equation might change with the next version of XBMC (currently in Beta) but I'd give it some time to work itself out. For now, which seems to be the consensus here, the 520 is your best/safest bet.

Cheers.
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