HTPC v.s. 'Gaming' cards
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August 21, 2010, 12:19 PM
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or buy a 60$ mobo that has onboard video and supports hdmi ...
I'd like a card that allows me to move to another mobo if I upgrade. I have 775 LGA hardware right now. I got the mobo in a trade and don't want to buy another older architecture mobo, really.
I read that the Antec 300 can take longer cards but then I have to plan out the build more... like no hard drive cages in the way of the card etc.
I'd get a 5850 if I felt the Linux side was improving enough. Some say it is; others say sufficient improvement is way off. Also, I'm not budgeting a $300 card (I understand those cards are dropping in price a bit, though).
Right now, my list is:
*240 GT ($90?)
*9800GT / GTS 250 ($60 to $100 used)
*HD 5670 ($90)
I'm still buying a cpu for the current desktop (switching the Quad Core to the P45 machine) and maybe a HDD dedicated to Windows storage. This budget includes one 120mm case fan and maybe a stick of 2GB RAM so I can move the 4GB to the P45 machine. :)
Deciding on video cards is a pain when you use two (different) operating systems and I'm already indecisive to begin with. I need a better income!
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