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Graphics card help?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by mambojambo, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. mambojambo

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    i`m planning on setting up a htpc but as i`m not sure yet if its going to be the way to go for me i want to make as little outlay as possible

    i have a pc here that is going to be my test subject

    i know its not top spec but its only to see if we get on with a htpc

    amd 2.1
    1GB Ram
    240GB HDDs
    2x Pioneer 108s
    nvidia geforce2 mx/mx 400
    (using a trial version of MSE media center 2005)
    displaying on screenplay 4805 on 8' screen

    as far as i can see only the graphics card is letting me down so whats my best option for a max of £100 :smashin:

    any ideas hints etc wanted please :thumbsup:
     
  2. mambojambo

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    nobody got any ideas?
     
  3. SimonO

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    You can get e 9700 Pro which will be much much faster for £93 from www.overclockers.co.uk only trouble is its not fanless like the 9600XT but I find em pretty quiet.
     
  5. KraGorn

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    A humble 9600 SE is more than enough for an HTPC in my experience. :)
     
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    I'm a little confused by all the 9600 part numbers, which is the cheapest one with a heat pipe heat sink..?
     
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    Hmmm, I'll be typing forever to explain all the different 9600 models.

    Basically (in order of power)
    9600
    9600 Pro
    9600XT

    Just search for radeon 9600 and the cheapest one - grab that. I tend to stay away from "SE" versions though - they are really cut-down versions...

    Then again, you don't need graphics performance for games, now do you :)

    I have a normal 9600 256MB. Then again, I could have had one with 128MB memory and it wouldn't have made a different. A normal 9600 (with passive cooling) is FINE.

    Just note - as far as I'm aware, a lot of 9600 PRO graphics cards have fans on them.
     
  8. KraGorn

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    AFAIK the one I posted the link for is the cheapest fanless 9600 .. it doesn't need a cooler-pipe system since it doesn't generate much heat, it uses a simple heatsink and works very well.
     
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    Is a 9600 card good enough for use with MCE 2005 as doesn't MCE use VMR9 exclusively (at least for it's dvd playback anyway) and doesn't that therefore mean that it'll struggle?

    Cheers
    Andy
     

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