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Old 04-28-2008, 12:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ricanflow View Post
Any card can power an lcd hdtv. It doesnt have to have hdmi output, since they make dvi-hdmi adapters and cables, and a few cards actually come with them.

also, i want to upgrade from my 7900gs. thread is done.

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The HDCP handshake will work using a DVI-I to HDMI cable just fine, it's what I use when I game on my 32" LG and my 42" sammy. Also, HDCP isn't really in "effect" yet, I'm not sure when it will be. For your Blu-Ray drive for your PC, I'd suggest Lite-On's. I got mine at Frys last week for $150 and am very happy with it. Just make sure you got plenty of RAM to go around. Blu-Ray playback requires hells system resources.

9600GT for sure. Cheap, you can pick a Foxconn up for under $150 I believe, and it'll perform around a 8800GT. For WoW you'll be set set.

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Out of interest, why would you get a 9600GT and not an 8800GT? I just bought an 8800GT...see my sig
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well the 38x0 series and hte 9600 can take load off the cpu when doing HD stuff so it might be a smart choice to go with either of the two cards i mentioned.
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I think 38x0 cards use less power overall. especially on idle (3870's downclock to 300MHz when they're not gaming or doing something demanding)

and mine came with DVI to HDMI adapters.

And yes, the cards take load off the CPU when playing HD video.
I think the ATI cards might be slightly better in that area.
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Either one will be fine.....the 38xx seriers has audio out as well though which might be worth considering.
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8800gt also takes the load off while doing hd stuff.
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Default Re: 8800gt or 38x0?

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8800gt also takes the load off while doing hd stuff.
yes, 8800 GT and 9600 GT do
9600 GT would be better value of the two.

I think RV670 is slightly better in HD video acceleration than G92 (a bit weird since I don't think R600 had acceleration for video playback)

I think it also uses less power aswell (R600 was pretty bad in power consumption)

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