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Old 10-15-11, 12:38 PM
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Upgrading Graphics Card

I don't game at all. I just want 1080p streams to play smoother. I've already upgraded the power supply from 250w to 500w, so I'd like to avoid having to do that again. I will if I have to, though. Some cards state, "400 Watt or greater power supply recommended." Does that mean 400w over the initial 250w the PC came with, meaning I need a 650w PSU, or is my 500w enough?

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Old 10-15-11, 12:47 PM
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Re: Upgrading Graphics Card

A cheap card like an 8400GS or ATI 4350 would be perfectly adequate. Just check that it passes audio via HDMI, maybe they all do. It certainly won't tax your power supply.

The fan depends on your system's noise level and cooling. I use fanless in HTPCs because they're built to be quiet and I ventilate them well. But a fan is probably safer if it doesn't contribute much to the noise.

You don't need over 512mb.
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Old 10-15-11, 12:53 PM
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Re: Upgrading Graphics Card

Thanks X. I updated the OP with more info since audio isn't actually a concern.
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Old 10-15-11, 01:43 PM
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Re: Upgrading Graphics Card

any htpc video card would be fine. I picked up a gt 430 for $5 ar a few weeks ago, but i believe that promo expired already. that would've been a good card though for your needs. 4350/4550 or 5450/5570 or gt220/gt240 should all suite your needs.
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Old 10-15-11, 02:12 PM
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For $35 after rebate, looks I found one.

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Old 10-15-11, 03:26 PM
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What's wrong with this one for $15 AR?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121444

Rebate: http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfil...ct3111ll97.pdf

No fan though. However it shouldn't get more than warm if only used for movies and not gaming.
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Old 10-15-11, 04:47 PM
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[Previous message deleted. I confused the expansion slots.]

The ASUS looks more reliable, and cheaper is great. I was thinking it would mount right under the power supply, which wouldn't be the best place for a heatsink. But the black slot has plenty of clearance. Now I'm off to find a relatively inexpensive quiet case fan without neon lights.
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