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Buying a new Graphics Card for my HTPC any help?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi all newbie here but am a big time Media Browser user.

Iv just learned that my Graphics Card is an onboard one - NVIDIA GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
which iv read is not good/best for what I wanna do which is have media browser speeding along with ease as of now it goes very well in poster/thumb view without backdrops
but once backdrops is turned on its kinda sluggish most of the pay themes are sluggish aswell.

Id like my backdrops to be on all times and maybe background videos for some movies.


http://www.peats.com/cgi-bin/catalog_v3.cgi?view_subcat=1&id=315&sid=14&cid=122
These cards are whats selling in the place thats closest to me
Id probley prefer to buy in my town instead of online as im not the best regarding this side of PC things LOL.
post #2 of 16
Do you game or is the card really just for poster/fan art? If you don't game the 6750 (the cheapest one) will be plenty, in fact it is overkill, if you find a 6670 that is plenty and should be cheaper. Make sure you have enough room in your case for whatever graphics card you get.
post #3 of 16

These cards are way overkill (among them I recommend HD 6750). Radeon HD 6570, HD 6670, GeForce GT 430, or GT 440 is enough.

post #4 of 16
I use this and it serves me VERY well . Quiet and comes with a low profile mounting bracket

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121448

BTW.... WELCOME to the best forum in the world ! smile.gif
post #5 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by flocko View Post

I use this and it serves me VERY well . Quiet and comes with a low profile mounting bracket
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121448
BTW.... WELCOME to the best forum in the world ! smile.gif

Just curious. How does the low profile mounting bracket work when that card has that big red box sticking up that appears to be even taller than the full height bracket? I'm trying to visualize how that fits in something requiring a low profile card.
post #6 of 16
If you just now realized you have onboard graphics you need to make sure you have a PCI-E x16 slow on your motherboard so you can install a graphics card. If it was a prebuilt computer like a Dell then it probably doesnt have a slot for a video card.

450
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi thanks for the help everyone


Just got round to opening up my PC today and was wondering if you could tell me if this is a PCI-E X16 Slot

448


Im not sure but I really dunno weather its AGP with my luck it will be AGP lol
post #8 of 16

It's PCI Express 1.x x16. GeForce 7100 and nForce 630i supports PCI Express, but does not support AGP.

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by renethx View Post

It's PCI Express 1.x x16. GeForce 7100 and nForce 630i supports PCI Express, but does not support AGP.

Great so it will suport the one im thinking of getting

Sapphire HD6750 with 1GB of GDDR5 Memory

just not sure about this part now it says in its item description - Minimum recommended power supply of 450W


how do i check my power supply thanks for the help guys
post #10 of 16

The power consumption of HD 6750 is

 

~10W at idle

~20W at video playback

~110W at stress tests

 

So unless you have tons of components in your PC, perhaps 300W is plenty enough. Check your PC's manual.

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
So I should be ok for this card yeah?


Sorry im a total newb regarding graphics cards updating LOL
post #12 of 16

Very roughly, you will be ok if your PSU is 250W or higher, assuming the other components are modest (C2D/C2Q processor, two sticks of memory, a couple of HDDs, and maybe a TV tuner card).

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Well i got my card turns out nobody had the one i posted above in stock
So i got the

Nvida asus GF GT440 1gb

Now to put it in lol the fun part
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by bratpack View Post

Well i got my card turns out nobody had the one i posted above in stock
So i got the
Nvida asus GF GT440 1gb
Now to put it in lol the fun part

Did you get the DDR5 version or the DDR3?
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Its
GDDR5
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Its in working perfect MB is speeding along I feel much better now LOL

Im goin kindoff OCD with my HTPC here lol


One thing i noticed was on the graphics card details in
Dxdiag it says my card has 2gb woth of memory but it only comes with 1gb were is that extra gb comin from?
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