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need for graphics card for HTPC?

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If I don't play videos that doesn't support hardware acceleration, is there any point in getting a graphics card for a HTPC?
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Originally Posted by hehe299792458 View Post

If I don't play videos that doesn't support hardware acceleration

Care to explain a bit more?

Generally speaking, people choose to use a discrete video card for better gaming experiences or better post-processing on interlaced video material.

So far I have not seen any on-board graphics score perfectly in HQV (SD and/or HD) benchmark.

Most people think HD means bluray, which can actually be handled adequately by newer on-board graphics (AMD 780g or Nvidia 9300), is more demanding on the video card. But processing and up-scaling you DVD collection to a higher resolution is demanding as well.
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Originally Posted by cychou View Post

Care to explain a bit more?

Generally speaking, people choose to use a discrete video card for better gaming experiences or better post-processing on interlaced video material.

So far I have not seen any on-board graphics score perfectly in HQV (SD and/or HD) benchmark.

Most people think HD means bluray, which can actually be handled adequately by newer on-board graphics (AMD 780g or Nvidia 9300), is more demanding on the video card. But processing and up-scaling you DVD collection to a higher resolution is demanding as well.

I suppose what I'm mostly referring to is post processing. I want to build a small (read: mini) HTPC, and a video card takes up space and power, and produces heat. If PQ and things like that won't be affected, then I see no need for a graphics card (I don't game)
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anyone?
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You haven't really asked a complete question here-
What do you want to do? What MB are you looking at? You need to have some sort of graphics processing going on in your system somewhere-

Are you asking if you still need an separate graphics card if your MB already has that capability?
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Originally Posted by rockytt View Post

You haven't really asked a complete question here-
What do you want to do? What MB are you looking at? You need to have some sort of graphics processing going on in your system somewhere-

Are you asking if you still need an separate graphics card if your MB already has that capability?

Oh no. I'm asking if there will be a noticeable difference between the picture output by the integrated graphics vs. that by dedeicated one.
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Originally Posted by hehe299792458 View Post

Oh no. I'm asking if there will be a noticeable difference between the picture output by the integrated graphics vs. that by dedeicated one.

GA-G33M-S2H w/Intel 3100 and GA-73PVM-S2H w/Nvidia 7100 looked better with cards installed but these boards are on the older side.

GA-E7AUM-DS2H w/Nvidia 9400 looks good to me and haven't even thought about putting in a different card. No problems with HD material.

It all comes down to your eyes. You don't like, you add a card.
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