Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Genesee County, MI
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I'm building an HTPC on a budget, and I need opinions on whether a cheap Geforce 6200 would be enough, or if I should spend more and get a Geforce 6600 card.
Apparently the main differences are clock speed and things like Inverse Telecine.
I will primarily be using it for standard DVD playback with TheaterTek or PowerDVD, and standard broadcast TV with an old ATI TV-Wonder card. I hope to add OTA HD to it someday, but I'm not worried about that right now. This will be a dedicated video and MP3 playback system, no gaming.
Will the lack of Inverse Telecine make that big of a difference with DVD's when using TheaterTek?
It will be installed on a Gigabyte GA-K8U-939 motherboard with an Athlon 64 3100+ and 1GB Ram. Will be Running Windows MCE. I only run at 800x600 resolution into my old CRT projector at the moment, so no concerns about high-res graphics.
Geforce 6200 AGP cards are only ~$40 these days, so if the 6200 is good enough, I'm all for it. I actually use one in my desktop PC and I love it. My last card was an FX5900XT, and I haven't had good luck getting smooth DVD playback with that card in my HTPC test setup.
Another plus is the 6200 has no fan to go bad like the faster cards do.