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Old 08-22-2011, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been building a tonn of gaming systems but have a friend that just had his laptop die and wants a tower to replace the laptop, he also wants to use his 52" flatscreen for the monitor, he will be doing no gaming at all, just basic home user stuff and watching movies with possibly a blueray player at some point. What video card would work for running a tv that size, were trying to keep it as cheap as possible but want enough power to run, looking at a I3 or maybe a I5 max, like I said he doesn't need the power. Just basic home user stuff with a big tv lol

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I'd say i5 2400 if you're looking at Intel, theres no reason not to be sporting a quad-core.
Although if you want to keep price down, why not snag a Phenom II x4, the 955BE is ~$70 cheaper than the 2400.

I used to run my comp on my roomate's 51" DLP with an 8600GT through a DVI cable.
It wasn't beautiful, but it worked for movies.

I'd say start picking parts on a budget with cost in mind, then drop whatever the balance is into the best GPU you can get with what is left.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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if he isnt gaming, no video card is even required. a halfway decent processor and integrated graphics will power it.
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But if he wants to go Blu-ray in the future, wouldn't it be better to just get a vidcard and then if he decides to go, he doesn't need to buy one later.
A low end video card would do just fine, ATI Radeon HD 5450 (Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100291DDR3L Radeon HD 5450 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card) would work great I'm thinking.
And I agree with Roark, there is no need for a quad in there but if you want, save money and go with AMD.
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He likes intel, suggested AMD but he wants intel. Going to look at those vid card suggested and I think an I3 CPU would be enough for his needs, also going to add the bluray since you can now get a player for around $60- $70 so the low profile ATI card should be good, thanks for the help, I know gaming systems but this type system is new to me.

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