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Old September 26, 2009, 08:14 PM
ninezero ninezero is offline
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Originally Posted by jdrom17 View Post
I'd suggest scrapping the X1900XTX and replace it with a HD4350. Then you'd have native HDMI support, along with low power consumption and very little or no noise.

However that would kill any plans of gaming, but most HTPC cases are very poorly ventilated so that X1900XTX is going to run hot and heat up everything else in the case, and probably get rather noisy too.

I'd also be inclined to run Windows 7 on it, but 1GB RAM is lacking.
My X1900XTX is definitely one noisy beast. I'm considering getting a 4350 for the native HDMI but right now I'm more than happy with it hooked up to my 42" LCD HDTV using a DVI-to-HDMI cable and an analog 3.5mm-to-RCA cable for the audio. Is there a significant advantage of downgrading to a 4350 for the HDMI apart from less heat?

I'm sure I can easily sell the X1900XTX without any problems and gaming on this HTPC build wouldn't be a top priority anyways. I'm just trying to see if I can throw these components into an HTPC build without having to spend too much else. I'd love to throw it into a new tower build but I don't have the space in my already too small apartment.

What's your take on my replacing the existing stock heatsink/fan combo on my X1900XTX with an aftermarket cooler? Or is it more worth it to go with a 4350 and sell the X1900XTX?

Thanks for your input. I really appreciate it. This is my first foray into building an HTPC since I usually just hook up my MacBook pro to my TV and watch encoded videos that way.
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