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GPU ADVICE

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by biasasaja, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. biasasaja

    biasasaja Member

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    Hey guys,

    planning to turn my old pc to a HTPC
    spec
    CPU = i5 750
    ram = 1600mhz 4gb
    Mobo = either H55/H57 <-- will it be enuf to run 1080p mkv files with the onboard GPU?
    GPU = advice please, need one that is passive and strong enuf to run 1080p mkv files

    Cheers,
     
  2. robertgd

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    Onboard GPU will be enough for just 1080p stuff.
     
  3. Sammus187

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    the mobo has no onboard GPU. The H5x chipsets differ from the P5x in that they can utilise the CPUs onboard GPU if it has one (eg i3 and i5-6xx series). Your i5-750 has no build in graphics, and hence you need a different CPU or a discrete graphics card. FWIW, those CPUs integrated graphics have more than enough grunt for 1080p decoding.
     
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    biasasaja

    biasasaja Member

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    thats what i thot as well..

    so, GPU recommendation?
    passive prefer
     
  5. JoJoker

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    NUOH MY GOD! He has his own language!
     
  6. Oblong Cheese

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    Any nVidia, Radeon or Intel graphics chip can accelerate 1080p. The easiest way to find one is to go to your favourite computer bits retailer, arrange graphics card by price and pick the cheapest one with a passive cooler. It will work. :thumbup:

    Edit: assuming you are using Windows. If you are setting up a Linux HTPC, apply the above but limit to only nVidia cards.
     
  7. robertgd

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    My mistake, I assumed his i5 had it's own GPU. :Pirate:
     
  8. Haxman

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    Pretty much any newish low cost graphics card at your local computer store. just make sure it has HDMI.
     
  9. The_Lukester1

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    Powercolor 512MB 5450 PCI-E VGA Card - Passively cooled, has hdmi
    Price:$45.00 from MSY.

    Been running one for a couple of weeks. Does the job nicely :thumbup:
     
  10. Dropbear

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    if you want to bitstream DTS-MA over HDMI etc then be careful about what card you get..

    not all the low end cards will allow you to bitstream the high order audio tracks.
     

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