Originally Posted by gilded07
Is there a perfect (use that word loosely) discreet video card (430?) or CPU/iGPU (i3 / Llano) that is generally recommended for HTPC? There are a thousand opinions out there on this - I'm interested in yours or Panteragstk's.
I did quite a lot of research into the GPU aspect of HTPC's because I wanted a projector. One of the articles I posted finally made my decision for me. I've used nvidia gpu's for gaming since geforce 2 (a long time), but for video quality amd/ati(daamit) has always looked better to me.
I purchased my 6570 because it was known to sync to the display very well without creating custom refresh rates (if you're lucky according to the article) and mine does it wonderfully out of the box. I don't drop or repeat any frames at all. The statistics in mpc-hc using the lav decoders and madvr show I'll drop a frame every 16hrs. Meaning the clocks aren't in PERFECT sync, but it wouldn't be possible to notice due to how long it would take to drop any frames. I'll post a screen shot when I get time, but as far as HTPC setups go that's as good as it gets when it comes to video playback.
SageTV Server: Asus P5q Deluxe with 6gb ddr2, Core 2 Quad Q8300, AMD 6570. Hauppauge 2250, 1600 and AverMedia A180 for OTA HD recording. 2x Colossus for DirecTV. S-Video input on 1600 for SD DirecTV.
HT Client: i3 530, evga h55 board, OCZ ssd, 12gb ddr3, AMD 6670. Mitsubishi HC4000, 120" DIY AT screen, Gyration RF MCE remote (awesome) X-Box 360 control for roms
Living Room Client: Foxconn a3700 with kingston SSD, 4gb ddr3, Crystal HD. 55" Mitsubishi CRT, Keyspan RF MCE remote