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post #1 of 5 Old 08-15-2012, 01:21 PM - Thread Starter
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I recently re-built my HTPC from a C2D E6420 and an EVGA GT430 1GB video card to an i5-3550 and Z77X-UD3H motherboard and the same GT430 1GB. The fan on the GT430 died and was replaced by EVGA's warranty. A couple months later the replacement video card's fan died again and was replaced by EVGA again. And yet a couple months later the fan died again! (My system runs really cool at an average of 35* C)

So replacement #3 was coming up. Fearing EVGA would just send another GT430 replacement card, I ended up swapping CPU's to an i5-3570K for the better HD4000 graphics, hoping I could get away from a discrete video card.

I just got my EVGA replacement today and they sent me a GT440 1GB video card instead.

So I'm wondering, should I only run the i5-3570K? Or can I run the GT440 together with the i5-3570K? Is the GT440 better than the HD4000 graphics? If so how do I make the 2 "video" cards work together? Do I hook up the HDMI cable to the GT440 or to the motherboard if running these together?

I'm running my HTPC to a Samsung PN60D800 60" plasma HDTV via HDMI. I don't play games, but do watch Blu-Rays, DVDs, recorded TV, transcoding/streaming video to other PCs , ripping Blu-rays/DVDs.
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Sounds like the Intel should be fine for you. If you want to madvr with lav cuvid, which offloads to nvidia cards.

It may come in handy.

Or if you are trying to get the best 23.976 you can may be worth it to try both and see which works best on your setup.
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How do I make both the intel igpu and nvidia card work together? Do I need to install the Lucid Virtu - something? And do I connect the hdmi to the nvidia card or motherboard?
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They won't really be working together. It's one or the other unless you had a specific need like multiple monitors.

If using the 440 you use the hdmi on the graphics card. The Intel port is left alone. Also you want to go into your bios. There should be a setting for the preferred video or graphics output.

For the gpu set it to pcie. Probably best to uninstall the Intel video drivers if you go full time with the nvidia card.

Sometimes it's a pain to get video the first time from the graphics card. My htpc likes to be difficult with it but my desktop never does.

Let's us know which you end up going with.
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I was having a refresh issues with the GT430 when minimizing/maximizing windows and the fear the GT440 might be the same. The Intel HD4000 is much quicker at responding to changes. Maybe it's something to do with the Nvidia drivers? The HD4000 graphics seem to handle everything I'm running right now anyway so I'll just stick with that. I'll probably end up selling the GT440 in the classifieds.
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