HTPC Video Card

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  1. hendricksonET

    hendricksonET Stunt Coordinator

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    Hey, I'm trying to put together a nice HTPC, but can't find any reviews on how the cards are with movies. Does anyone have any comments on the Radeon X800 GTO or the NVidia GeForce 6800 GT?

    This will be strictly a HTPC so let me know your opinions.



    Thanks in advance!
    Eric
     
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    I have a NVidia GeForce 6600 in my HTPC using the HDMI to my 65 inch Mits RPTV and movies look great.

    When you say this will strictly be an HTPC do you plan on using this with a computer monitor, projection setup or CRT?

    I would venture to say that the NVidia will look great on whatever you output it to.
     
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    The majority of graphics cards have LOUD fans, so when you decide on a card I would purchase either a fanless card or purchase a Zalman GPU noiseless fan.

    I would imagine that a 6800 would be overkill for just movies.
     
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    This would be connected to a Sony LCD RPTV.

    Thank for the info Joe...Does anyone else have any comments on if the 6800 would be a bit much for just movies?
     
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    Get the GT version.

    I have the 6600GT and its awesome. I have it connected to my Sony HDTV coming from my Dell Dimension 9100, 3ghz 1.5GB RAM..
    I tried the non-GT version and it did limit me in some ways. It seemed slower.
     
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    I would go with the lower cost 6600GT fanless version. Are you going to be using AGP or PCI-E?
     
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    I was in the same boat and ended up getting the 6200 since I didn't have to pay for the features I wouldn't use.

    I'm happy with it, you might look into it
     
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    Either the 6200 or the 6600 will do more than enough for you for watching movies. I am not sure if the 6200 comes in a PCI-E version or not but I know the 6600 does and that is what I have used. It works great with no problems.
     
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    I have the 6800gt in a pc that will be doubling as a htpc soon. If I was starting from scratch making an exclusive htpc though I'd go with the 6600. 6800gt isn't necessary and the fan, while not all that loud(depending on placement, etc.), might still be a nuisance for some. 6600 is also about half the cost of the 6800gt.
     

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