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In my thread "Did ground potential damage my computer's HDMI ports?", I asked which graphics card to buy to view 1080p video. But that question is probably lost in the HDMI issues so I'm asking that question in a separate thread.

I need to display on a Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW, 1650 x 1080 resolution via VGA or DVI.
I also want to display movies on a Samsung 1080p, 60Hz HDTV set via HDMI.
I don't play games.

Would an ATI 5450 graphics card be a good, cheap choice?

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That would be about the cheapest. I would go a few $ MORE FOR A 7750 JUST FOR LATEST GENERATION DRIVERS. Sorry for Caps Lock.
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That would be about the cheapest. I would go a few $ MORE FOR A 7750 JUST FOR LATEST GENERATION DRIVERS. Sorry for Caps Lock.

Thanks for your suggestions.

$34.50 - Asus HD 5450 1GB Silent Series w/ free shipping on amazon.
$29.99 - XFX HD 5450 1GB w/ free shipping on amazon.
$92.98 - Asus 7750 1GB w/ free shipping on amazon.

I think the 7750 is too expensive for me just to watch movies at 1080p max.

Any negatives about the XFX HD5450? Should I get the Asus HD 5450 instead? Or a cheaper card that can still do 1080p video?

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Radeon 6570 is option that is cheap and can do 3D

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I have been using this one with no issues - XFX HD-645X-ZQH2 Radeon HD 6450

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I am thinking about adding this card to my system... Cheapest way to use madVR with MB3T...

XFX HD-657X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 6570
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I am thinking about adding this card to my system... Cheapest way to use madVR with MB3T...

XFX HD-657X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 6570

This is a winner. Not powerful enough to do full madvr on level 5 clean- but good enough (better than igpu) and also supports 3D

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I have been using this one with no issues - XFX HD-645X-ZQH2 Radeon HD 6450

cburbs, slosvt and Mfusick,

I ordered a used HD6450 card from the amazon warehouse for $27.25. It's eligible for the full amazon 30 day return if the "used" card has problems so I'm brave enough to try a "used" card. That's about as cheap a card that I could buy just to view up to 1080p videos.

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This one is $9.99 Brand new. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131338


Compare ATI Radeon HD 5450 vs Radeon HD 4650
Core Speed 650 MHz vs 600 MHz
MemoryType DDR3 vs DDR2
DirectX Support 11 vs 10.1
DisplayPort YES vs NO


A 6450 would be even better IMO (Also $9.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131511

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This is a winner. Not powerful enough to do full madvr on level 5 clean- but good enough (better than igpu) and also supports 3D

This is the card I am considering right now as replacement to HD 4000 igpu. How good AMD is with its drivers? Just never had AMD card before, and heard many different opinion about this brand.
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This one is $9.99 Brand new. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131338


Compare ATI Radeon HD 5450 vs Radeon HD 4650
Core Speed 650 MHz vs 600 MHz
MemoryType DDR3 vs DDR2
DirectX Support 11 vs 10.1
DisplayPort YES vs NO


A 6450 would be even better IMO (Also $9.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131511

I had transposed the first two digits in my post and said that I had ordered a used "4650". I caught the error shortly thereafter and corrected that to 6450 but I guess you were keying in your response to my "4650" post at the same time that I made the correction.

So I did indeed end up buying a used HD6450 for $27.25 with free shipping. I think the "used" HD6450 is actually a new return so if it works, it should be like a new card (I hope). BTW, you're a very good bargain hunter. smile.gif

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I was going to post the Power Color 6450 for 10 bucks after MIR, but Mfusick beat me to it.

Why the heck didn't you get that one over the use one???

I don't even have any use for it right now and I might pick one up just to have a spare on hand.
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I was going to post the Power Color 6450 for 10 bucks after MIR, but Mfusick beat me to it.

Why the heck didn't you get that one over the use one???

I don't even have any use for it right now and I might pick one up just to have a spare on hand.

Because I had already ordered the used one "before" Mfusick posted his info. Anyway, the price is a wash for me since the shipping from Newegg to my location is $16.xx making the total cost of the Power Color board about $26.xx compared to the amazon one at $27.25 with free shipping to my location. For about a dollar more I don't have the mail in rebate hassle.

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Holy crap, 16 bucks shipping? Are you not in the continental US?
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Holy crap, 16 bucks shipping? Are you not in the continental US?

Nope, hence the $16.xx shipping charge mad.gif
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A 6450 would be even better IMO (Also $9.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131511


Glad I saw this...

I will now have a video card for 3D and madVR on my HTPC.
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It's a weak card ... Not good for 3D or MADVR

It's inly good for basic playback


Step up to 6570 minimum for 3d and MADVR

7790 is really what you want for best results

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It's a weak card ... Not good for 3D or MADVR

It's inly good for basic playback


Step up to 6570 minimum for 3d and MADVR

7790 is really what you want for best results

For 9.99 I can use it to build my son a basic PC. I ordered a 6570 as well...

Now to decide if I should buy an i3 ivy bridge to replace my g1610 and use the parts I have. Or to build a new i3 Haswell server and use what I have for my son... Decisions, decisions...
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For 9.99 I can use it to build my son a basic PC. I ordered a 6570 as well...

Now to decide if I should buy an i3 ivy bridge to replace my g1610 and use the parts I have. Or to build a new i3 Haswell server and use what I have for my son... Decisions, decisions...

You will never regret going more. Often you will regret going less.

That's my advice. That is how I ended up with i5 HTPC and 4770k Desktop.
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