PCI-Express or AGP graphics card?

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  1. DrPepper

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    Is the video quality going to make a difference playback of DVD and HD?

    I’m not a gamer.

    Thanks DP
     
  2. Dan L

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    No.
     
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    agree with above- the only difference is the speed of data transfer which is only used in gaming (barring 3D modelling etc). Some people supposedly think that the newer graphics cards (ATI, Nvidia) actually have worse output through VGA port than some older cards as they spend the bulk of the money on GPU speeds and memory. I have no evidence of this, but you may want to look into it as the quality of the playback will depend entirely on the quality of the signal providing your card isn't more than a few years old.
     
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    I'm not a gamer either. I'm building a pc to use as a freeview recorder so I can burn the stuff I want to keep long term to dvd. Probably won't use the graphic output much to be honest - for the most part the pc will be operated from my laptop via 'Remote Desktop' - so I'm looking for something pretty cheap. But I don't know much about graphics cards so I can't tell the differnence between 'slightly old tech but just the ticket', and 'new tech but carp'.

    I guess I'd like dvi, vga and svhs outs for flexibility so I can plug it in anywhere I want if my requirements change but that's about it - any recommendations?
     
  5. Dan L

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    I use a Radeon 9550 and it's perfect, can be had for less than fifty quid. So, recommendation from me :)
     
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    Thanks for that.

    Forgot something. I'm not over blessed with PCI slots so I could do without having one obstructed by cooling devices on the graphics card.

    Is the Radeon 9550 nice and slim? I'm not particularly bothered about whether its quiet or not.
     
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    i just got m'self this http://***********/75xbq the nvidia personal cinema. It's not top of the range, but it's a good price and will do everything i want.
     
  8. Dan L

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    yeah it's a pretty small card...the one I have is passively cooled so there's just a narrow heatsink on there, no fan.
     
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    I used to run a 6800GT in the same system, and I will admit it was a lot more flexible on resolutions etc - Nvidia definitely had the whole HDTV support thing sorted in there drivers. I don't think I even needed to use powerstrip.

    Problem for me was that it was an extra fan, too much heat, and wasted in a system that did very little else but play video streams. That and I wanted a PSP...;)
     
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    Looking closer - looks like you have to go 6600GT for HiDef Inverse Telecine, but then these aren't passively cooled :(
     

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