Best ATI card for HTPC

jameson_uk

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I am seeing conflicting articles on the web as to whether there is any benefit in upgrading my 3650 to a 4550.

Looking at the specs it would appear that the 4550 is slightly less powerful then the 3650 but it does come with UVD2.2 instead of UVD+. I am struggling to find real world differences in the two

I am slightly confused as to where the AVP stuff fits into the whole AVIVO setup. This I guess is the key to HTPC use as this is doing the scaling and de-interlacing??

I am going to be getting a card with LPCM audio but should I go for the 4650 over the 4550 ot should I keep the 3650 and add in a HDMI audio card ??
 
I'd be interested in this too as I am in the same both currently with an ASUS ATI 3650, and was thinking about going with a 4550 for native HDMI/sound, as the DVI/HDMI dongle on the 3650 doesn't work for sound with newer ATI drivers.

Anyone got any thought's ? Upgrade or ? :confused:

Cheers,
Eddie
 

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