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Old 06-22-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I am going to build a nice little entertainment LanBox PC, that i plan on hooking up to my 50" 1080p plasma TV....

I am using it mostly to stream video from the HDD of the PC to TV, and want to use HDMI.

I may use the optical DVD drive as well, and would like to be able to play games such as COD4 on this machine as well.

I dont want to spend more that $100/$150 on a video card if i dont have to.

I found this card,
with a build in HDMI port and i like it, let me know what you think and feel free to post your recommendations or suggestions.

I am using parts from my Desktop Rig to build this Lan box.

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Old 06-22-2009, 03:17 PM   #2
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That looks like a nice card for what you need.

If you want Nvidia i recommend this


Free overclocking tools, HDMI port, and good reliability (i have the Galaxy 9600gt with 1024GB)

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Old 06-22-2009, 03:34 PM   #3
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GTX295 is what you /really/ need
I'd say that GTS250 might be a little much for just things like BLU-ray. I don't think that HD movies will make too many advancements that will require a card much more powerful than a 9600GT.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:05 PM   #4
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I don't think you're going to find a better deal than this HD 4870 for $125.
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