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Windows 7: Graphics Card/Onboard Graphics for Media Centre PC

27 May 2011   #81
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

yeah, good point about the Athlon. Don't touch it nowadays if you want to play decent games well


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27 May 2011   #82
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I think the Athlon is on its way out. Look at the deals right now on all AMD chips. I think they are trying to clear them out for the new Bulldozer. For the first time since it's release you can find 1090T chips for under 200. But for performance, why buy it? The 2500K is 229 and some of the new MB are pretty reasonable.
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28 May 2011   #83
Sheepdisease

Windows 7
 
 

Argh! Right.. Just as I thought I was getting the hang of the required hardware, it all changes! That is so typical of PC hardware!

Let me get this straight, it is the AMD Athlon series which shouldn't be touched? Not AMD in general?

Could you please keep this thread updated as you get news with regards to these new pieces of hardware coming out?

Could you please compile a provisional list of the new hardware I need, kind of like the one I did?
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28 May 2011   #84
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

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These are the requirements you gave us. In order to meet those requirements, you are talking about building a new computer. A 2nd generation core 15 or AMD equivelant. There is no AMD equivelant right now. You can play games on higher settings with some PhenomII chips, but for price vs. performance you can't beat the new intel chips. To give you an example, a Phenom ii x6 1090T is about $200 US. An i5-2500K is $229 US. I personally don't believe that a 1090T can match an i5 in anything except maybe heavy multithreaded applications, which games are not. Few games will use 4 cores. I had a 1055T rig before this one. It could not compare to my i5-2500K. That is my only point, for the price you pay and what you get for it. A good PHiix4 can play most games well with a good graphics card.

The choice is yours and you gave us the requirements you wanted. Do you want to do the best you can with what you have or do you want to meet the requirements and build a new computer. Assuming you use the hard drives in your computer and other things, you will need at least a new Motherboard, CPU, ram and cpu cooler. You tell us what you want to do.


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28 May 2011   #85
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sheepdisease View Post
... Could you please keep this thread updated as you get news with regards to these new pieces of hardware coming out?

Could you please compile a provisional list of the new hardware I need, kind of like the one I did?
8 pages ago you asked for a "dirt cheap" graphics card. 8 pages of rejected graphics cards later you still don't know what you want, nor have you given anyone a budget to work with. Now you're asking to be kept apprised on hardware releases and asking for complete system mock-ups... Is your Google broken?
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28 May 2011   #86
Sheepdisease

Windows 7
 
 

I don't mind getting my hands dirty.

It has become apparent since using the media centre PC in the lounge that I much prefer to use that than the PC in the study. Since I bought a new Samsung 32" Full HD TV and hooked it up to the PC, I am going to need some better hardware caoable of displaying higher resolutions, particularly when playing games.

When I first put the PC in the lounge, I planned to use it purely to watch TV, record programmes etc. Now it has become much more central and I want to use it for everything, including gaming.

I have a dedicated Yamaha amplifier and speakers hooked up for the full experience, with all the kinds of connections you could require (including HDMI).

Granted, I am looking at getting a new motherboard, CPU, GPU and possibly PSU.
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28 May 2011   #87
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

A gaming card capable of delivering smooth play at 1920x1080 is going to be considerably louder than what you can get away with in an htpc: fanless. That's just something to consider since you have 2 rooms.

If you're going to use the Yamaha, then do it right and set up Bitstreaming. It's a bit complicated, more so if you want to Bitstream within Media Center, but it's well worth it. There's nothing like seeing your receiver light up with TrueHD or DTS-HD MA.

... but, really, until we get a budget, this is all a pipe dream.
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28 May 2011   #88
Sheepdisease

Windows 7
 
 

To be honest, I think the budget will depend on what I can swap/sell.

Currently, my other PC contains (copied from various invoices):

  • 5.10 All in 1 Internal Card Reader Plus One USB2.0 Port Black - 3.5" Bay 108453
  • 40.32 2 x LiteOn 20X SATA DVDRW/RAM With Beige, Black & Silver Bezel + Nero - Retail 127442
  • 80.90 Corsair 620W HX Modular PSU - ATX12V v2.2 APFC 114941
  • 75.67 Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Soundcard - Fatal1ty Professional Series 126185
  • 83.27 ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP AiLifestyle Series P35 Socket 775 Socket eSATA 8 channel Audio ATX Motherboard 129126 (ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THE MOTHERBOARD INSTALLED IS 103.13 Asus P5Q Deluxe P45 Socket 775 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard 145748)
  • 301.91 BFG 8800GTX OC2 768MB GDDR3 Dual DVI HDTV Out HDCP enabled PCI-E Graphics Card 131671 (with 23.37 THERMALRIGHT HR-03 PLUS 90MM and 2.93 Xigmatek XSF-F9251 92mm Fan attached) - is very big and needs to be housed in a case like the 128.80 Thermaltake Kandalf VD4000BWS LCS No PSU - which I have since removed the front panel (doors) and liquid cooling system and replaced it with fans, as the idea was a liquid cooling system would be quieter, but uses fans too and there is the expense of the liquid)
  • 59.28 Corsair Memory XMS2 4GB DDR2 PC2-6400 (800) Dual Channel Desktop
  • 74.99 Acer V173Ab 17 inch LCD Monitor / Black (PC Shop)
  • 319.99 Samsung S86 Series 22 inch LE22S86BD HD Ready Freeview Widescreen LCD TV (Electronics)
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28 May 2011   #89
Sheepdisease

Windows 7
 
 

Just for your reference, the case I am keeping for the Media Centre is Cooler Master Dominator 690 PC Case With Window / Black (PC Shop).

I appreciate I would have to purchase the items before I could consider selling old components, but is there anything worth transferring to the new media centre? Would the sound card be any good for bitstreaming (I did try to find out more but didn't have much luck - I was looking mainly on AVForums). DVD drives, HDD caddy and other peripherals will obviously be useful.

What are your thoughts?
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28 May 2011   #90
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No, a sound card isn't going to help you Bitstream. Bitstreaming is passing all audio through the PC to the receiver. Basically, the receiver becomes the sound card.

Guide: Setting Up Bitstreaming With Your Windows 7 HTPC – PART I

You can't do it with a sound card, optical cables don't have enough bandwidth and even first generation hdmi cables aren't sufficient to handle master audio tracks. You'll need hdmi 2, aka hi-speed hdmi cables. In the docs it will specify that they're able to handle TrueHD and DTS-HD MA... as well as uncompressed PCM streams.
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