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Depends on what you want to do with it.

Could you provide more details please.

Details... well I have used the 8500GT for 2 years in my HTPC, but now that I have the on board video, I wasn't sure if I needed it.


I am watching HD content, both over the air, online, and blu-ray iso's. You name it I am doing it or will try to do it. No gaming. I want to be able to watch any HD (1080p) as smoothly and beautifully as possible with what I currently have at my disposal.


I guess the only other spec you may need to know is that I am using an AMD Athlon X2 processor... I do not remember the exact processor off the top of my head and I am not at home to look, but I think it is this one or something close to it: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz


Thanks for your input!
 

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I wasn't sure if I needed it.


I am watching HD content, both over the air, online, and blu-ray iso's. You name it I am doing it or will try to do it. No gaming. I want to be able to watch any HD (1080p) as smoothly and beautifully as possible with what I currently have at my disposal.

The 4200 should be able to handle all that without a problem.

Any preference audio wise? Any receiver in the chain? Do you care about SPDIF/HD audio?
 

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The 4200 should be able to handle all that without a problem.

Any preference audio wise? Any receiver in the chain? Do you care about SPDIF/HD audio?

No receiver. Audio has not been my focus yet, but it soon will be... does that make a difference for the video card?
 

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No receiver. Audio has not been my focus yet, but it soon will be... does that make a difference for the video card?

Yes, in the future. With your onboard 4200 you are set for now since you don't have a receiver yet.
 

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I believe the best either one of them can do is DD/DTS. Not even positive the 4200 can do that but the 8500 can if it has a spdif header.
 

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The 4200 mobo (785G to be more accurate) supports DD/DTS and 2 ch uncompressed PCM via spdif connection.


It does not support TrueHD, DTS HDMA or multichannel PCM audio.


-Suntan
 

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The 4200 mobo (785G to be more accurate) supports DD/DTS and 2 ch uncompressed PCM via spdif connection.


It does not support TrueHD, DTS HDMA or multichannel PCM audio.


-Suntan

So if the board has no optical or coax out but is 785g can it still get spdif audio? I ask because I have a 785 board with no spdif out. Actually no hdmi for that matter but it is supposed to work with a dvi to hdmi dongle. Not sure what the audio would be though thats why I'm asking


board is a biostar ta785ge 128m
 

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So if the board has no optical or coax out but is 785g can it still get spdif audio? I ask because I have a 785 board with no spdif out. Actually no hdmi for that matter but it is supposed to work with a dvi to hdmi dongle. Not sure what the audio would be though thats why I'm asking


board is a biostar ta785ge 128m

All of AMD's ATI chipset IGPs (HD 3200/3300/4200) can do HD video + SPDIF audio over the HDMI port.

This is good enough if you don't need any HD audio.
 

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So if the board has no optical or coax out but is 785g can it still get spdif audio? I ask because I have a 785 board with no spdif out. Actually no hdmi for that matter but it is supposed to work with a dvi to hdmi dongle. Not sure what the audio would be though thats why I'm asking


board is a biostar ta785ge 128m

I don't know anything about getting the spdif audio to work through the dvi connection, but your mobo does have an internal connection for SPDIF OUT.

http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/t-s...t.php?S_ID=432


Most likely a couple of pins directly on the mobo that you need to attach a cable/bracket to.


This is probably a good place to start searching, or else contact Biostar tech support directly and ask them where you can get one.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...=biostar+spdif


-Suntan
 

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I don't know anything about getting the spdif audio to work through the dvi connection, but your mobo does have an internal connection for SPDIF OUT.

http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/t-s...t.php?S_ID=432


Most likely a couple of pins directly on the mobo that you need to attach a cable/bracket to.


This is probably a good place to start searching, or else contact Biostar tech support directly and ask them where you can get one.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...=biostar+spdif


-Suntan

Cool thanks I think I actually saw it when installing. I wasn't concerned about it when I bought it because I also got a 5670. Was just wondering if anyone knew off the top of there head as I may use this board in the future on a build that doesn't require HD audio.


Thanks for the info again.
 
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