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Good Nvidia card for HTPC

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January 30, 2012 7:46:53 PM

Can anyone recommend a good Nvidia card for HTPC build that would cost less than $50 before rebates? Thanks.

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January 30, 2012 8:13:01 PM

Any one of these entry-level cards will work for you:

Nvidia
Geforce 210
Geforce GT 220
Geforce GT 520

AMD
HD5450
HD6450

Pick one that is the least expensive with consistently good reviews:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 09%3A23120
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January 30, 2012 8:28:18 PM


Any particular reason for it to be a Nvidia card?

If it is because of CUDA as you intent to run LAV and madVR I would recommend you go a bit above your $50 limit, as the GT 430 can be had for $55, and would be the lowest performance card to get for such a setup.

Here is a good article that touches on many aspects of chosing the right card for a HTPC.
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January 30, 2012 8:46:00 PM

Why nVidia specifically?

In the low end / mainstream video card arena, AMD generally holds the upper hand with a little better performance and also lower power consumption.

That's not to say nVidia is bad. I have a GeForce 9600GT in my HTPC. However, that was several months before AMD released the Radeon HD 4670 which I probably would have bought if it was available when I was looking for a graphics card.
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January 30, 2012 9:11:52 PM

Nvidia low end cards typically suck down more power and have less computing power than their AMD counterparts. But if you want Nvidia, get a 430. Don't bother with the 210, its garbage.
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January 31, 2012 3:44:15 AM

No real reason I guess, I'll look into AMD also. Thanks for the help guys.
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January 31, 2012 3:45:26 AM

Also, would any card give me the ability for some light gaming. No major game, maybe Sims for the girlfriend. Tv isn't a 1080p, only 720 if that helps.
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January 31, 2012 3:57:52 AM

If you'll be doing 3D get the GT430. Otherwise get the 5570.
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January 31, 2012 10:42:19 AM

llee8820 said:
Also, would any card give me the ability for some light gaming. No major game, maybe Sims for the girlfriend. Tv isn't a 1080p, only 720 if that helps.


Sims has been made so it is able to run on a large range of systems, from very low-end and up, so the GT 430 should be able to run it without too much trouble, and if you are going for a Radeon card 6570 or higher model, it would run even better as they are more powerful for the money at this price segment.
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