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Old 12-27-2009, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My dad needs an HTPC, love the guy to death, but his taste in PC parts is seriously skewed.
He asked me to put a "good 'ole' voodoo in his HTPC.

Seriously. lol.

Anyways, to the point. I'm in the process of picking out parts, and I recently won a EAH4350 Silent ASUS Vid Card. Not bad for an HTPC card.

i have two questions.

1) I can use this card (it has an HDMI) to use with his 56" HDMI 1080p LCD Screen right?
2) I am looking at this motherboard
Newegg.com - ECS Black Series A785GM-M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
It contains a 4200, any way I can crossfire the two?
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Finally, surprise third question! can anyone recommend a decent Motherboard, if this one isnt any good?


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1) yes you can connect that to his 56" LCD
2) no you can't crossfire w/ an integrated card.
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2) no you can't crossfire w/ an integrated card.
You can, it's called Hybrid CrossFire, and that board supports it as it says in the desc:
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You'll also have access to the most powerful and fastest video processing around when you install a discrete ATI video card that will work in conjunction with the onboard GPU for a unique Hybrid CrossFireX configuration.
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Can anyone suggest a good cpu? I think the Phenom 940 would be a bit of an overkill cpu.
should i just get teh cheapest quad?
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You can, it's called Hybrid CrossFire, and that board supports it as it says in the desc:
Ah, very nice.
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Can anyone suggest a good cpu? I think the Phenom 940 would be a bit of an overkill cpu.
should i just get teh cheapest quad?
Actually the Athlon II X4 620 sounds like it'd fit your needs, and for $100, it should be able to fit your budget.
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Actually the Athlon II X4 620 sounds like it'd fit your needs, and for $100, it should be able to fit your budget.
I agree, that's probably the best one to go with.
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