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HTPC Video Card Decision 2012

post #1 of 6
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I have a huge choice to make right now. All my HTPC's are utilizing my old computers. I really want to build a tiny silent new HTPC but it's hard to justify it when you have i7 systems with 12 gig of ram sitting on your shelf. My problem right now is noise. I popped my old ATI 4850x2 video card in my old i7 system for my bedroom to save money. The card is very fast but not fast enough for me to multibox 5 World of Warcraft accounts on one pc. Because of that I upgrade to a new ATI card for my gaming pc and this one has been collecting dust. The problem with the card is noise. It's essentially two 4850's on the same board. The fans sound like a jet engine.

I have been researching my options for a silent card. So far I have found the bare bones SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card for $19.99. This is a cheap silent card but it's very low GPU performance. My other option is a slight step up without crossing the $100 mark. I found the SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card . This card is also silent for $69.99 after rebate. It bumps the GPU performance up to the 6670 range which should be enough to play a game if I wanted on my HTPC. I don't plan on playing games on it but I like to have options.

Considering my situation do you think it's better to go for the bare bones card or for the $69 upgrade? This means my 4850x2 will collect dust again but the jet will not blast my bedroom with noise anymore. If anyone has different card options I would love to see them.
post #2 of 6
HD6670 or 20 bucks for for a 7750 for gaming.
HD6450 can be seen as low as 20-25, worth it over the 5450 but not for gaming.
post #3 of 6
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After careful thought I have decided to go with the bare bones ASUS EAH6450 Silent/DI/1GD3(LP) Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card. I doubt I will be playing any games on this pc so all I need is streaming and movie play back ability. Thanks for the recommendation.
post #4 of 6
The 6450 is puny even for a basic playback system. A GT 640 would have the grunt to push MadVR fully, the 6450 will need some adjustments.
post #5 of 6
I have a basic playback system & an HD 6450 works for me. In fact the G620 integrated graphics works for most content that I watch.
post #6 of 6
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I have the HD6450 installed and everything plays fine. The best part is my case is now very silent. That is a huge plus for a bedroom pc. My wife would complain if I was watching tv with the old video card.
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