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I'm building a new system, which I'm going to use as both a pc, and for media to replace my tv/dvd player. I've just ordered most parts from Ebuyer using the Google checkout to save £10 on 9 differ…
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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
I'm building a new system, which I'm going to use as both a pc, and for media to replace my tv/dvd player.

I've just ordered most parts from Ebuyer using the Google checkout to save £10 on 9 different orders.

I'm a little unsure as to which graphics card to get. I'm after an ATI PCI-Express.

I don't play games, but as I will be using the pc to watch tv & dvd's, I want something capable of playing High Definition. I'm planning on getting an Asus 20" widescreen monitor which is HDCP capable and has a DVI input.

I was originally looking at a 512MB X1550, but then read that these are quite noisy, and that it is better to get an X1650PRO.

I've also read with both of these models that I won't notice any difference in the 512MB model over the 256MB model, as they are not very powerful.

Does anyone have any advice as to which would be best for me to get ? Most reviews of graphics cards seem to be based on playing games, which I don't.

My original budget was £50, but I guess I would need to pay a bit more for an X1650. At the end of the day, I'd rather pay an extra £10 than have something which won't be able to meet my requirements in 6 months time.

I will be running Vista Ultimate at 64bit.

Thanks
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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
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#1
go for the 256mb x1650pro

get one with a passive cooler

since u dont play games the size of mb is irrelevant

http://ati.amd.com/products/RadeonX1650/specs.html

it will be everything u probably need for a htpc

can even play a few games if u really wanted to! lol
#2
I have an X1650Pro myself, it's a good card and should easily handle everything you need.

Although I'd think twice about using Vista if I were you.
#3
Thanks for your advice.

Anyone know of any sites offering a good deal for a 256mb X1650 PRO at the moment ?

Thanks
#4
muffin247
go for the 256mb x1650pro

get one with a passive cooler

since u dont play games the size of mb is irrelevant

http://ati.amd.com/products/RadeonX1650/specs.html

it will be everything u probably need for a htpc

can even play a few games if u really wanted to! lol


Agreed - even onboard graphics will cope with DVDs and TV (although probably won't have a high def output). I'd get a cheap (around £30) graphics card with heatsink, and vga and dvi outputs. You only need gfx cards that cost £100 and upwards if you're building a gaming machine.
#5
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/118287

Should do the trick also £10 off with googlecheckout makes it a bit cheaper.
#6
hotdealing
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/118287

Should do the trick also £10 off with googlecheckout makes it a bit cheaper.
That's not a bad graphics card, but may be more than you require. Not a bad thing in itself, but the fans on these graphics card are loud-ish to begin with, and then get louder as they get clogged with dust and the bearings start to wear.

Graphics card fans are louder than conventional 80mm case fans as gfx card fans are smaller, thus have to spin faster (& thus louder) to achieve the same cooling effect.

Therefore I'd suggest that you try and find a card without a fan, in order to have a quiet machine (I would assume this is more important to you, as you are building a media centre PC rather than a gaming machine).

I have an ATI Radeon 9250 (however it is AGP not PCI-E) which does very well with DVDs and the occasional low-level game.
#7
Right, I've found:

Sapphire X1650 Pro Ultimate 256MB GDDR3 DVI TVO PCI-E for £53.84 including delivery using Google Checkout.

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125019

This has a heatsink rather than a fan, so is completely silent.


or


ATi Radeon X1650PRO 256MB PCI-E DVI, TV Out Oem for £56.27 including delivery with 3% cashback through Quidco.

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(16648)ATi-Radeon-X1650PRO-256MB-PCIE-DVI-TV-Out-Oem.aspx

I don't know what type of cooler this one has.



To me, the Sapphire Ultimate looks the better deal. Anyone else got an opinion, or know of a better X1650PRO card or a better deal elsewhere ?

Thanks
#8
markwills
That's not a bad graphics card, but may be more than you require. Not a bad thing in itself, but the fans on these graphics card are loud-ish to begin with, and then get louder as they get clogged with dust and the bearings start to wear.

Graphics card fans are louder than conventional 80mm case fans as gfx card fans are smaller, thus have to spin faster (& thus louder) to achieve the same cooling effect.

Therefore I'd suggest that you try and find a card without a fan, in order to have a quiet machine (I would assume this is more important to you, as you are building a media centre PC rather than a gaming machine).

I have an ATI Radeon 9250 (however it is AGP not PCI-E) which does very well with DVDs and the occasional low-level game.


Thanks for the reply, Mark

What do you think of this one ? http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125019

I think it's the same as the one hotdealing found, but with a heatsink rather than a fan.
#9
Yes that looks like a very good deal for £50 (after google checkout).

It's silent but looks pretty powerful. You can connect a monitor and a television (which, again, is very useful for a media centre PC) however note that you WON'T be able to connect a VGA monitor. There are two HiDef (I assume DVI) ports.

The only way you could connect a VGA monitor (should you need it) would be to get a DVI -> VGA adaptor.

This GFX card should handle games OK, however note that it only supports DirectX 9c, and appears not to support 10 (which I think is the new one for Windows Vista).
#10
As mentioned I have a Sapphire X1650Pro and it's not noticeably loud compared to the noise my power supply and CPU fans make.

You could always put the extra £10 you from the Google checkout offer towards an XT: http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/119962 which are much quicker cards.

The built in MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 to those Sapphire cards you're looking at will help with you DVD watching.

The 1650's always give you the option of taking up games/3d modelling/etc. if you fancied it.
#11
megalomaniac
As mentioned I have a Sapphire X1650Pro and it's not noticeably loud compared to the noise my power supply and CPU fans make.

You could always put the extra £10 you from the Google checkout offer towards an XT: http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/119962 which are much quicker cards.

The built in MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 to those Sapphire cards you're looking at will help with you DVD watching.

The 1650's always give you the option of taking up games/3d modelling/etc. if you fancied it.


Whilst I do agree with you in principle, there's always a "better" card for another £10 or £20! IMHO the original card is more than adequate for DVD and TV. Also as stated above, "quiet" fans get louder with time!
#12
Thanks to everyone for the advice.

I'm going to go for a Sapphire X1650 Pro Ultimate 256MB as it doesn't have a fan, providing it will fit the motherboard I've ordered (Asus M2V).

Apparently, the heatsink is quite big, and most reviews I've read on it recommend checking it will fit the motherboard before ordering.

I've emailed Sapphire for confirmation of this.

Thanks again.
#13
No worries. Enjoy your new computer! I will be building one soon (as my desktop died over the weekend) but this will be next year when I finally graduate and start earning some do$h

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