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Graphic Card for HTPC

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Jenz, May 16, 2001.

  1. Jenz

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    Hercules 3D Prophet II 2MX AGP with 32MBSDRAM
    Hercules Cougar Riva TNT 32 MB
    Matrox G450 Dualhead 32 MB
    or the
    AT Radeon all in one
    ...?


    Definately the Radeon. Sharper, better picture with overall better Colour and Gamma control. Not as good for PC Games though - you dont say if that is important.

    And if I decide to add a PC-Card what would you suggest?

    Happauge Win TV GO Mono?
    ...?


    I like the Pinnacle Rave. Cheaper than the WinTV cards, slightly less video noise (but still too much). Make sure you use dTV 2.12 as your viewing software.

    As for Audio, try and get a card with SPDIF out (either coax or optical) and feed this to the Amp.

    Regards Neil.
     
  2. Rum69

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    Dear all

    I finally decided to feed my Hopper SV 10 with a HTPC.
    In line with my budget I ordered a DURON 700 machine with 128 MB Ram and a AOPEN DVD drive.

    So there remains the question, which graphic card is best suited for the job:

    Hercules 3D Prophet II 2MX AGP with 32MBSDRAM
    Hercules Cougar Riva TNT 32 MB
    Matrox G450 Dualhead 32 MB
    or the
    AT Radeon all in one
    ...?

    And if I decide to add a PC-Card what would you suggest?

    Happauge Win TV GO Mono?
    ...?

    Thanks very much for any help!

    Rudolf

    P.S. Soundwise - is it possible to use the digital output of an internal DVD to directly feed a dolby digital surround receiver? What else would be smart?
     
  3. Gary Lightfoot

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    yeah - what Neil just said. :O)

    Make sure the Radeon is the DDR model. I got my Pinnacle Rave from Dixons (would you believe) for £30, which was cheaper than Jungle were doing them for. Plus it has both composite and s-video inputs.

    dtv is soon to be replaced with DScaler and version 2.3. Go to www.avsforum.com for updates.

    If you get a Sounblaster Live!, you'll need a hoontech adapter as the SB voltage out is to high - the adapter corrects it and makes sure you don't fry your amp.
    http://www.sescomputers.com/hoon.htm

    HTH

    Gary.
     

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