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For those of you who actually looked at yet another bitstreaming thread...

I built my HTPC and didn't think there was a snowballs chance that I would add a SS system before the HTPC needed a rebuild. Well, I was wrong so I'm looking to add bitstreaming to my HTPC and wondering what the cheapest way to do this is. I really don't expect myself to add 3D anytime soon so I'm avoiding that, and I do say that with a lot of confidence, I'm still loving my Panny plasma and not looking to upgrade for some time.

Now that we've got that out of the way, I'm thinking either this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102882

or this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161367

Which one? Both going for $25 after rebate at Newegg (I really hate rebates). The Sapphire is going for $20 after rebate at Amazon. I'm leaning towards the Sapphire just due to the much higher number of positive reviews at the $5 cheaper at Amazon.




Side note: I guess I'll be buying 512MB of RAM at the same time as I'll be able to stop sharing it with the onboard GPU. w00t!
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600083901&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%206000%20series

XFX HD6450 for $19.99 AR.
Don't know how good XFX is at rebates.
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I have an HIS 5450, think it's probably the same one. Been very happy with it.

What's the rest of your computer system?
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I have seen 6450's and 5450's for like $15. I would NEVER pay $40 for one.

In terms of LFE, size does matter!
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I have seen 6450's and 5450's for like $15. I would NEVER pay $40 for one.

Where do you see $40? They are $20 and $25 after MIR.
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Double tap...
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Where do you see $40? They are $20 and $25 after MIR.

IF you get the rebate. Its still $40 out of your pocket. I wouldn't pay $25 for a card that I routinely see at $15. Better?

In terms of LFE, size does matter!
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IF you get the rebate. Its still $40 out of your pocket. I wouldn't pay $25 for a card that I routinely see at $15. Better?

Understood.

Where are you finding these cards for $15 without rebates?
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Even Newegg, which I find the highest prices out of anywhere have a 6450 for $25, NO rebate:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125378&nm_mc=OTC-sho6b0tCA&cm_mmc=OTC-sho6b0tCA-_-Video+Cards-_-GIGABYTE-_-14125378

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Understood.
Where are you finding these cards for $15 without rebates?

Usually every 2nd week or so at places like NCIX or MemoryExpress...

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