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Need help choosing a video card?

post #1 of 6
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My ATI 4800 card is starting to fail me and I think I want to switch to Nvidia (maybe?). It's been a while since I bought this card, so I like to think I can get something way better now.

$100-$175 price range
Need it to carry both 1080p video & Dolby digital audio to my Onkyk receiver via HDMI
3 monitor support might be cool, but not necessarily 'needed'.

I use this computer big time with XBMC and use my Panasonic plasma as a second monitor to use XBMC on.

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HP Pavilion p6210f
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor 2.60 GHz
6 GBs of Ram
Windows 7 64 bit
Upgraded to 500w fan

Any suggestions? I want zero problems with playing 1080P HD movies. The ATI 4800 isn't always smooth sailing.

I've been looking at this possibly? ATI Radeon 6870? I hear it has great grades on HD video.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521
post #2 of 6
I think you will be amazed by how much better current graphics cards have become.

With Nvidia you can offload video from your cpu to the gpu using CUVID and MPC-HC.

$100 is enough to budget for a graphics card unless you are a gamer and then you may need a new motherboard and processor as well. Over $100 you are in gaming graphics card territory.

Madshi has indicated that new capabilities being rolled out in MPC-HC can utilize the newest Nvidia cards so this is a transition period. Waiting may bring more clarity.

I use an Asus GT 440, 1 GB DDR5 and have been very satisfied since installing last year in my 2009 intel core duo computer. I particularly liked not having to deal with ATi catalyst problems.

Many people are satisfied with the lower cost GT 430.
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I particularly liked not having to deal with ATi catalyst problems.

What?!? To some on here that statement is blasphemy!
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
So, you're saying this here should be great?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121426

That will work with my HP p6210f?
post #5 of 6
Guess I'll be kicked out of the AVS church. I did not know there was a rigid othodoxy and I need to forget and ignore the constant catalyst problem I suffered through.
post #6 of 6
-89- that is the graphics card I have.

My computer is a 2009 intel core duo with a gigabyte EP45-UD3P motherboard. I have a monitor and plasma attached to the card. Windows 7 is not perfect with two displays and i would have resevations about trying 3 displays.

I bitstream my audio to a Pioneer HDMI 1.3 AVR.

I am not a computer guru. I would imagine your computer will support the 440 as long as you have a compatible motherboard PCI-e slot. Check your motherboard and the card specifications.
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