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Old 04-28-2007, 09:33 PM
Bandit Bandit is offline
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ATI or NVidia?

I am heading to store tomorrow to get new Power Supply and new Video card. Rebuilding sage server and duh, video card in current is AGP so I need to get a PCI-e one. Dont bother saying exact models, but which is better for video playback? ATI or NVidia? I do own the Purevideo Decoder if that makes a difference in your opinion and will be doing HD.

If you read this after noon eastern Sunday, don't bother replying, I will have already been to store, but thanks for looking anyways.

Still can't believe I forgot to order new PS and thought current VC was PCI-e

Thanks for your input!
Server:Intel X6700 Dual Core CPU - 4GB Ram - 80GB SATA OS Drive - 500GB LiveTV - 4.5 TB Drobo S for storage
Tuners:1 Hauppauge PVR250 / 1 NVidia DualTV / 2 HDHR Using OTA / 1 WinTV PVR2 USB / 2 HDPVR using FW for channel changes
Clients:2 STP-HD200 / 2 STX-HD100 / MediaMVP via Wireless Access Point in shed...came in handy when I was soldering the HD100
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:18 AM
Paul H Paul H is offline
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ATI gives more options, but as a recient convert, I prefer NVidia for performance. If you go with NVidia make sure that it doesn't share system memory. I using a GeForce 7300GTand am quite happy with it.
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Old 04-29-2007, 03:47 PM
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I'd definantly spring for an Nvidia 8500GT. By far the best h.264 acceleration out there.
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Old 04-30-2007, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by lobosrul View Post
I'd definantly spring for an Nvidia 8500GT. By far the best h.264 acceleration out there.
Not to hijack the thread here, but for those of you who are still using AGP, probably the best (last...?) AGP card out there for HTPC use...

Passively cooled... HDTV (component...) breakout... Purevideo HD Support... H.264 Acceleration...

I got mine from NewEgg for less than $100...

True standalone tuner functionality with the --> HAVA Channel Changer<--
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