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Hello there,


I want to build a cheap pc that is capable of showing 1080p video on my TV 100% smoothly.


I already have a Geforce 8800GT (PCI-e) and also 2 x 1 GB PC2-5300 RAM.


I will be using the pc as my every day pc (internet, email etc) on my Samsung monitor, and have the 8800GT hooked up to a 32" LG 1080p television at the same time.

The 8800GT has two DVI outlets, so dual monitor(TV) should work fine with this card.


I know RAM is very cheap right now, so its not a 'must' that I find a motherboard/CPU combo that can take this dated RAM of mine. But it would be nice if I could use it and not have to pay for new RAM.


I was thinking of the Athlon X2 7550 CPU, as it seems fairly inexpensive.

But then I saw the benchmarks for it, and its hardly faster than my old Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, which was not capable of giving me smooth 1080p video in combination with the Geforce 8800GT.

So this has me worried that the AMD chip cannot provide smooth 1080p video either.


Does anyone have suggestions to as what CPU and motherboard I should be getting?


Thank you.
 

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8800GT is more than capable of doing smooth 1080p a CPU far less than both you mentioned. I actually own one and it works great, on my main HTPC I run hybrid SLI which when not gaming is just using the IGP which is less powerful that the 8800GT and I can play back 1080P fine. Any problem you had in the past were likely not due to your GPU/CPU but the set up/configuration of software/drivers/codecs.
 

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I never said anything about the 8800gt. I just wouldn't base a new mb purchase on trying to reuse old ram that you can replace for $20.

I think he was talking to me.



Point taken. Yet it remains unexplained.


Picture just kept lagging behind the audio, the farther I got into a film/whatever. At the end of a film, the audio could be as much as a whole minute ahead of the video. (no, this wasn't a issue with the encoding of the video file; same file plays flawlessly on a more powerful machine)


Also, if there were, say, waves on the ocean, or trees swaying, I'd always get those 'artifacts', and often bad stuttering.


Never had any trouble when doing 720p videos.


Tried sh*tloads of different drivers, codecs and various players. Even different Windows versions.

Problem was always the same @ fullHD.


Anyway, the old CPU and motherboard are gone. need something new regardless.
 

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When I first got my 8800GT I was running an Athlon 64 X2 4800+ (basically a previous gen of what is now the 7550) and it work quite well for 1080P.


I have noticed that if I try outputing a 24p stream at 59/60hz using a lower powered GPU like my onboard I'll see dropped frames every once in awhile but not so much if I'm using a more powerful one like my 260GTX, however though some see the same as I did others have seen the opposite between more/lesser powered GPUs on their systems. So maybe your problems were just the combo of hardware or even just something else was hogging too much resources on your system.


Anyway hopefully w/ whatever you pair it w/ this time you get good results.
 
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