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Capture Card Build Opinions Wanted!

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 23, 2012 2:39:24 PM

It's that time again for a new build. Sold all fo my old components and am well on my way to assembling the goods for a new machine.

So I've decided I'd like to go with the Core i5 3550k and Z77 chipset.

My question is this: I understand that the Z77 chipset only has 16 pcie 3.0 lanes in total. Right? So assuming my motherboard of choice has 2 pcie slots, if I use the first pcie slot for my video card, and the second slot (typically 8 lanes of pcie, correct?) for this below tuner, would I have enough pcie bandwidth to record 1080i/p video from the second slot? Would the performance or quality of the capture suffer from the limited bandwidth?

Should I perhaps go with a USB3.0 capture device instead of the internal pcie?

Expert opinions wanted...
July 23, 2012 4:46:27 PM

That card you linked uses 1 lane of PCI express. Though, is there any reason why you're getting a capture card instead of using fraps or MSI afterburner?
July 23, 2012 5:41:30 PM

Ah. pcie x1

My goal is to capture and record hd console gameplay and TV.

Not necessarily much pc gaming capture.

Should I look at a USB 3.0 solution instead of the pcie card?
July 23, 2012 6:48:09 PM

No not really. I see, it should work perfectly for your needs :) .