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    [PLS DELETE HAVE MY ANSWERS] Do you need a good graphics card for a HTPC?

    Hi Team,

    I managed to salvage a PC that I thought has blown (PSU broke) to make a dedicated PC to watch stuff on a TV.

    I have a lovely small ANTEC P190 mini with a [1GB XFX HD5450 DDR3 LowProfile] - from what I remember, it gets really hot as its passively cooled (chose it because i didnt want noise but will be cooled by multiple case fans).

    I have since upgraded to the 9700 GTX and so my GTX 260 is now available.

    My question is: will it be laggy when I use the HD5450 to power a 55 inch TV with 1920 x 1080 res?
    Since it will be purely be powering the TV and watching content Which would you choose?

    Considerations
    - I want a very quiet PC (have a Thermalright ULTRA 120 with a quiet fan
    - P180 case is thicker than most
    - electicity/power consumption on the GTX is significantly higher than the HD5450
    - how do you guys keep the dust out!! I have applied a sheet of tissue on top of the filters but there is so much dust!

    Thanks guys and happy New Year!!

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    Re: Do you need a good graphics card for a HTPC?

    What's the rest of the spec? I used to run a 1080p media box on the integrated graphics on an AMD 785G mobo, so you certainly don't need a powerful GPU. Depending one the platform you're using you might not need a discrete GPU at all - most fairly modern CPUs/APUs are more than powerful enough to run basic media duties on a 1080p screen.

    I certainly wouldn't put the GTX anywhere near an HTPC unless you specifically want to so gaming on it. Massive overkill and a waste of energy.

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    Re: Do you need a good graphics card for a HTPC?

    Thanks for the reply Jim.

    The rest of the specs are:
    - Intel Q6600 Stock
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    - 1GB XFX HD5450 DDR3 LowProfile
    - GByte GA-Z77-D3H Z77 MoBo
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    Re: Do you need a good graphics card for a HTPC?

    I use a HD6450 (which I think is a 5450 rebrand) without any problems at 1080p over HDMI for video. Wouldn't like to try a game on it though !

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    Re: Do you need a good graphics card for a HTPC?

    Thanks for the help guys, I think I'll use it rather than the GTX, it should be more than sufficient as the reviews I read on Amazon said some people even played games!!

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    Re: Do you need a good graphics card for a HTPC?

    Quote Originally Posted by vincent.m View Post
    The rest of the specs are:
    - Intel Q6600 Stock
    - CAIR 430W CMPSU-430CXV2UK
    - 1GB XFX HD5450 DDR3 LowProfile
    - GByte GA-Z77-D3H Z77 MoBo
    - DDR RAM 2GB (or 4gb, can't remember)
    - Windows 7
    No, they're not. That motherboard wouldn't work with that CPU.

    If the motherboard is correct then that's a fairly recent system and depending on the CPU the integrated graphics could well be more capable than the 5450.

    Quote Originally Posted by spolsh View Post
    I use a HD6450 (which I think is a 5450 rebrand) without any problems at 1080p over HDMI for video. Wouldn't like to try a game on it though !
    Nah, that was the 6350. The 6450 was around twice as powerful (and twice as power hungry, which is presumably why the 5450 never got killed off).

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    Re: [PLS DELETE HAVE MY ANSWERS] Do you need a good graphics card for a HTPC?

    you really dont need a great gfx card (especially something as beefy as a gtx) for a 1080p htpc. I use an acer aspire revo which i bought on ebay for sub-£150 and it eats through any 1080p video i throw at it. Do give you an idea of the specs the revo has an intel atom cpu and integrate "nvidia hd graphics"

    tl;dr - no, not at all

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    Re: [PLS DELETE HAVE MY ANSWERS] Do you need a good graphics card for a HTPC?

    No need to delete thread - just mark it as "resolved"

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    Re: [PLS DELETE HAVE MY ANSWERS] Do you need a good graphics card for a HTPC?

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    No need to delete thread - just mark it as "resolved"
    As above, but I have marked it as resolved.

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