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I am trying to decide whether I should replace the 64MB ATI AllInWonder 8500DV graphics card in my HTPC with a 128MB BFG GeForce FX 5500OC DDR AGP Graphics Card that will become available after upgrading my primary system. Since most of the parts on my HTPC are hand me downs from my primary system, I was wondering if putting the the 5500 in my HTPC would be worth the effort.


Note: I don't use the TV tuner capability of my AllInWoder. My HTPC is for DVD and DIVX movies only.


My HTPC System has the following specs:

AMD ATHLON XP 2400+ TBRED

MSI KM266 KM2M Combo-L Motherboard

ATI 64MB AllInWonder 8500DV Graphics Card

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live 5.1, Logitech Z-5300e 5.1 THX Certified Speaker System

Benq PB6200 XVGA DLP Projector

512MB Mushkin PC133 SDRAM

Maxtor ATA100 40GB 7200RPM IDE and Maxtor ATA33 13GB 5200RPM IDE Hard Drives

Microsoft Wireless-G Network Adapter

Pioneer 16x slot load DVD-ROM

ATI Remote Wonder

Windows XP Pro SP2
 

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not sure how much the 5500 OC is costing you

but the 5500 OC is nothing more than a 5700 standard

I would seriously look at something that is at least Directx9c

like the 6200 non TC or 6600 standard

newegg.com sells these for around 100


and it can be the difference between HDTV playback in apps like MCE

as well as these newer cards like the 6600 have WMV HD acceleration

so you could actaully playback 1080p WMV HDs without slow downs in playback
 

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Thanks for the reply.


I'm just wondering if the GeForcce 5500 OC will be better in my HTPC than the ATI.


I currently have no intention of purchasing a new card for the HTPC. I've actually already have had the GeForcce 5500 OC in my non-HTPC for awhile. I am upgrading the graphic card in my non-HTPC so I'm wondering if I should move the 5500 into my HTPC.


It's curious that you mentioned slow downs with HDTV playback. I've noticed slow downs with some HD video files on my system. I was wondering if the 5500 would improve the situation.
 

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the 5500 will probably make little to no difference with HDTV content whether WMV HD or mpeg

but it would be an improvement as you are using MCE which requires a directx9 video card for best quality


definitely a good upgrade but more than likely not HD ready but close
 
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