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Video card for 1080i/60,72,96?

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PostLink    Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:02 pm    Post subject: Video card for 1080i/60,72,96? Reply with quote

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Hey guys,

I'm in the planning process of building myself an HTPC. I probably will wait until after Christmas to buy most of the major parts. So I can save some lootcakes with the post-holiday sales. I'm going BD/HD-DVD combo drive and an ATSC/QAM tuner card for sources.

I know some graphics cards have a hard time outputting a QUALITY 1080i signal. My 7800GTX's being among those.

I'm not a big fan of 720p on my CRT. So that is out of the question. All my sources currently are 1080i/60. I would like to try 1080i/72 and 96 as well for film stuff. Are the new ATI HD cards good for this. I have been reading some good reviews for these cards.

I have also been reading some mixed reviews of the nvidia 8xxx series for HTPC use due to driver issues with both XP and Vista. I have been a LOYAL nvidia guy for 7 years now with my gaming machines. But I'm steering toward the ATI HD 3870 for the HTPC.

Are any of you using the 38xx series cards now? Any opinions?

Thanks in advance,

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PostLink    Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

come on guys lets give him info cause his question is one asked by others but waiting for a reply to his instead of creating a post of their own, such as myself Wink
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PostLink    Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was looking at the Ati cards. As much as I hate their stupid idiotic system crashing software. The hardware's pretty decent. I've only seen an 1850X?? in action though. Frame rates looked decent. I dind't have a Gforce card there for A to B comparison though.
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PostLink    Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Video Card is:
MSI ATI X2600PRO (RX2600PRO-T2D512E) w/512 MB DDR2 probably not the greatest gaming card. ($75)

The rest of the system is:
Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz E6600.
MSI P965 Platinum. Latest audio driver from MSI.
LG GGC-H20L Bluray HD-DVD Combo Drive w/Power DVD
2 GB Generic 800 MHz Ram (4 Strips).
Running 1080p @ 96 Hz will also run 1080i@60,72 & 96Hz to NEC 1351. (Powerstrip required)
Vista Ultimate 32bit.

This combination of hardware was by far the easiest HTPC I have ever assembled and configured.

Ive had an HTPC in my theater since 2001 probably have had a total of 7 or 8 motherboads /cpu's and countless video cards during this time frame. Since changing out the NVidia to the ATI card in this machine I haven't seen a dropped from or stutter. My preference has always been Intel for HTPC's simply because they always seem more stable. AMD's probably work just as well but I have good luck with Intel CPU's and chipsets and don't feel like gambling.


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