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Old 12-11-2011, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sounds like a silly question but I am assembling a new desktop pc and am wondering if my CPU graphics will serve me well enough. I am going with an i5-2500k on an ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE GEN3 mbo. I am not a gamer but will be using the pc for video encoding. If a gpu is necessary, what card gives me the best bang for the buck in the $100-$200 range? Hopefully in the lower end of the range and with two DVI outs as I will be using two monitors. Thanks.
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What video encoding program are you using? Some can use gpus to speed up encoding.

If you do plan 2 dvi nmonitors, any gpu can do that, so i'd determine if your encoder can do gpu aceleraction, then you choose a card based on that.

Other than that, I'd still pick up a seperate gpu in the under $100 range.
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I haven't determined that yet for converting camcorder analog VHS-C and 8mm family tapes.
For existing HD mkvs, I am using Handbrake to convert movies for use on iPod/iPad2.

Is it best for the gpu to have two dvi outs rather than one dvi and on vga?
Any gpu suggestions? For now, I check for 5 egg ratings on Newegg and then look for reviews.
What about DDR3 vs. DDR5?
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generally the better cards will have dvi, if not hdmi and displayport.

5 egg ratings will only get you so far. warranty should be a pretty good factor, such as xfx.

i believe for gpu use, the difference between ddr3 and ddr5 is negligible, but again, the better cards tend to have the ddr5 in them anyways.
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How would this one be for my mobo?
Newegg.com - XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
It's $89.99 after rebate.

Or this one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125353
It's $119.95 after rebate.
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Both are just fine. The XFX has a doubl lifetime warrenty, where as the msi has one of the best stock coolers .

Also both will do 3 monitors.

I'd go XFX just as you only need a good quality card.
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Thanks. Unfortunately both are off the weekend sale. I will watch prices this week. When you say best stock cooler, which card were you refering to?
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if you aren't gaming, I see no reason to spend over $100 for a video card
something cheap, along with an adapter, would do what you want.
if you do a lot of encoding, you may want to look into a feature called Quick Sync, something your CPU have. however, not every software supports quick sync.
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Thanks. Unfortunately both are off the weekend sale. I will watch prices this week. When you say best stock cooler, which card were you refering to?
The 6850.
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if you aren't gaming, I see no reason to spend over $100 for a video card
something cheap, along with an adapter, would do what you want.
if you do a lot of encoding, you may want to look into a feature called Quick Sync, something your CPU have. however, not every software supports quick sync.
Thanks for the link to Quick Sync as I had not heard of that. I will have a bit of reading to do. Some of my build components are gifts from my daughters so I will have the time to do some reading before I build.
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