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Cost/benefit analysis?


~$100-120 Intel IGP 9300/9400 mATX motherboard vs ~$50 MB + $50 PCIe 9400GT ?


I'm planning to build a new HTPC based around Intel's Q8200. Nvidia's 9300/9400 IGPs look great, but the boards are not cheap ($100-120). For about the same cash, I could buy a G31 motherboard and a PCIe 9400GT video card.


For example:
Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L, $55
Passive Sparkle 9400GT w/512MB, $45


So, what are the pros / cons between IGP 9400 and dedicated 9400GT?


Intended useage:

ATSC playback / capture

x264 transcoding (why I want the quad!)

MUST HAVE SUFFICIENT POWER TO DEINTERLACE 1080i mpeg2

Playback 720p .MKV, .MP4, .TS DVD rips


Environment:

OS: WinXP pro

display: HD70 projector

audio: 2-channel (I love my Magnepans!)


I'm leaning toward the cheaper MB + dedicated GPU. I *think* the 9400GT will perform better than the IGP 9300/9400.


Thanks!
 
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