I got an HTPC built on AMD X4-640 and been using the built-in Video card now for over a year. I use it for Netflix, 1080P videos, x264 videos, Bluray, and file-server for pics, music, docs, etc...
- MSI 890GX mobo
- AMD X4 640 CPU
- Antec Fusion case
- 3TB HDD, 120GB SSD
- 380 Watts Seasonic PSU (compared well against other 500W PSUs)
- Connected via HDMI to 50inch Plasma and Receiver (5-channel)
Now, I am starting to wanna use it for gaming and racing simulation as well. The specific games I like to play on my 50inch Plasma 1080P are:
I like to play these in 1080P, or even 720P if too rich, but I like to ensure frame rates are high for simulation games and get as much esstential details to make it worthwhile the cost of those games.
So, what are my options folks under $150? I like to keep it cool/quiet/low power in my HTPC... but then that's always a trade off! I actually bought a Radeon 6850 but it didn't fit (due to the particular power connector location), and I retrurned it and I am now between the following:
- Radeon 6850 (old stock or eBay) - 127 watts
- Radeon 7770 (slower than 6850 but just) - 80 watts
- Radeon 7850 1GB (fastest) - 130 watts
I like to know if 7770 is good enough for me, if so, that's definitely the best card for HTPC, if not, then which 6850 or 7850 cards are coolest/quietest with SMALLEST FOOTPRINT, and would either require a PSU upgrade (like to avoid that).
PS. I do a lot of video encoding to/from x264, would ANY of these cards offer Hardware acceleration?