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Old 03-25-2007, 09:15 AM
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New to HD, Best VideoCard for watching HD?

I am going to be putting together a new computer to watch and record HD. What is the best video card to get (Under $150) for watching back HD?
Should I get one with the nvidia purevideo hardware support?

I saw one thread mentioned atleast a 7600gt?

Has anyone tried this car that has HDMI? Or it would be not good since it spported hdcp?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125058


I have a 42" sharp 1080p LCD.
The computer I am thinking about putting together would be an amd 4600+ x2 and 2 gigs of ram. With a HDhomerun for recording and a wintv pvr250 so I can use my happague remote.

Will the 4600+ be plenty fast for watching and recording HDTV at the same time?


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Old 03-25-2007, 09:31 AM
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I recommend getting a Core2Duo E6600, but I am biased since this is what I use in my media center. I don't have any experience with AMD CPUs. However, my video card is an XFX 7600GT.

My recording devices are a PVR-500 and HDHomeRun. I have to run in FSE to get stutter free playback on 1080i material using Purevideo decoders. I believe this is a function of my video card, and it would be the first thing I would upgrade. I run comskip on all of my recordings, which can be pretty processor intensive on the HD recordings. However I have never had any problems watching HD material, recording HD material, and running comskip on an HD recording all at the same time.

One thing to note is that the Purevideo "smart" deinterlace option does not work well with this video card. I'm not sure if it's the GPU (7600GT) or the manufacturer (XFX). My old video card (BFG 6800GT) worked fine with the "smart" option.

Good luck with building your new Media PC!

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Old 03-25-2007, 09:43 AM
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I have the 4200 AMD and I wish I had the time back to get the E6600 instead.
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Old 03-25-2007, 10:54 AM
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Looks like a good card, appears to support HDCP even.
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Old 03-25-2007, 11:48 AM
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Is the E6600 really worth the extra $200 over the 4600+?

I could get the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache
And that is still $100 cheaper than the E6600.

@clmolnar (or anyone)
Would a 7900GS be better than a 7600GT you think?
For example this 7900gs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150202

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Old 03-25-2007, 12:12 PM
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If you can hold off for about a month, the E6600 is supposed to drop to $215 on April 23rd.

I'm not sure about the 7900GS. You would need to check some reviews and make sure that the particular card supports the features you want. (HDCP, etc.) I believe the GS is the budget line, so some key features for a media center might not be available.
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:35 PM
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Is the E6600 really worth the extra $200 over the 4600+?

I could get the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache
And that is still $100 cheaper than the E6600.

@clmolnar (or anyone)
Would a 7900GS be better than a 7600GT you think?
For example this 7900gs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150202
PureVideo performance depends on clockspeed. 7900GS = 450mhz, 7600GT = 560mhz.

Another problem is that the 7900GS cards don't support HDCP. Most 7600GT cards don't either. The few that do offer HDCP are at such a price premium that you could get a 7950GT (550mhz) for about the same price.
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