Please recomend a video card for HD

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#1

I have a built in video now but will be buying a 24" monitor soon as prices go down quick.
The card has to be low profile, preferably with no fan. I dont play any games so it will only need to support HD.
Do I need an HDMI out? Does the card have to be HDCP for blu ray?
My budget is under $100.
Any help appreciated.


#2

It would be nice to have x264 and such hardware support on it. I heard ATI makes smth like that.


#3

http://infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=352215

will this do the trick or… ?


#4

How about 94.99 after rebate.

I run this card with Vista Business, with the following Blu-ray drives in the system; Sony BWU200S, LG GGC and GGW-H20L, nice card it is.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150228


#5

I’m sure it works fine but its a small factor pc i built and its got like 200W power supply and is very quiet.
I figure if a card has a passive rad, it shouldn’t \draw much power and there is a chance the system will boot.


#6

[QUOTE=FidelC;2020625]I have a built in video now but will be buying a 24" monitor soon as prices go down quick.
The card has to be low profile, preferably with no fan. I dont play any games so it will only need to support HD.
Do I need an HDMI out? [B]Does the card have to be HDCP for blu ray?[/B]
My budget is under $100.
Any help appreciated.[/QUOTE]

Yes, and the monitor too!

Good choices under $100 are some 2600xt and 3650 maybe.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121232


#7

I had an ATi HD3470 passive card with a 690G mobo and an AMD X2 4200 CPU all running off a 120W passive PSU without problems. It has enough grunt to play blueray and HDDVD without problems. The HD3450 has the hardware to fully decode BR discs but it does not have the grunt to provide full video post processing so cannot do things like edge enhance or de-noise.

Only thing I will point out, most graphics cards will not hardware accelerate x264 video files as they usually dont follow the h264 spec. If they in-spec then they will be accelerated but dont count on it.


#8

Thanks guys. I’m leaning towards ATI with no fan and probably next after 3450 chipset. How do 3470 and 3650 compare in terms of processing of HD?


#9

is there a good trustworthy review of the cards’ HD abilities?


#10

[quote=FidelC;2020625]I have a built in video now but will be buying a 24" monitor soon as prices go down quick.
The card has to be low profile, preferably with no fan. I dont play any games so it will only need to support HD.
[B]Do I need an HDMI out?[/B] [/quote]No you don’t need HDMI out, the DVI will do just fine.

If you plan to get a video card with HDMI out, be sure that your mobo or sound card has a SPDIF out since current video card with HDMI need an external sound processor.


#11

The new ATi 3xxx cards have onboard soundcards that feed sound over HDMI (just have to select it as the output sound device within windows).

I have no complaints about the DVD playback of the 3470, using the newest drivers (8.3 at time of writing) you can choose the ammount of de-noise (I run with this off) and edge enhancment (run this with about 50-70 on the scale).

There are some basic reviews of the HD3450 and 3470 on the net

And this is the card I have (its a full height passive card)

http://www.sapphiretech.com/us/products/products_overview.php?gpid=207&grp=3


#12

I have a ATI2900 HD card. You can get the 2600 for few bucks less.
It requires PCI Express slot.

The ATI 2900 has HDMI functionality, althought they still put a DVI connector on it. However, the connector does indeed send video and audio. I think the reason they did that was DVI has locking thumbscrews on the connectors.

I have the ATI connected to the LCD byHDMI switch because it carries both audio and video and keeps the cable clutter down and I can switch between the PC and other HD players.