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Old July 27, 2009, 03:38 PM
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I am wondering this because last week I ordered a
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mother board for this older athlon cpu I have laying around and am going to build a HTPC using this . this mother board has onboard sound which I might have to use is my Xnar dx card isn't working but it also has the NVIDIA GeForce 6100 chipset Now if I drop in 2 gb ram and my HVR-1600 tv card should this be good enough for just playing TV shows from the card and maybe the odd DVD or will there be a problem like LAg and or bad poor graphics the TV it is hooked up to is from the 90s an old electrahome 26 " with s video ( good enough for now unil I can afford something better)
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Old July 27, 2009, 04:21 PM
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Found the info below, sounds like it should be OK for SD but no HD support.
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GeForce 6100 and 6150 series chip specifications

Both the 6100 and 6150 support Shader Model 3.0 and DirectX 9.0c. The 6150 also features support for High-Definition video playback, PureVideo Processing, DVI, and video-out while the 6100 supports PureVideo Processing only. All nVidia 6xxx seris GPU's provide support for H&L (Hardware transform And lighting). Maximum supported resolution is 1920 x 1440 pixels (@75 Hz) for RGB display and 1600 x 1200 pixels (@65 Hz) for DVI-D display

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  • Manufacturing process: 90 nm
  • Core Clock: 425 MHz
  • Vertex Processors: 1
  • Pixel Pipelines: 2
  • Shader Model: 3
  • DirectX support: v9
  • Video playback acceleration: SD video acceleration (HD video acceleration not supported)
  • Outputs: VGA only
  • Memory: Shared DDR/DDR2 (socket 939/AM2) system memory (selectable through BIOS - usually 32/64/128/256 MB)
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Old July 27, 2009, 04:30 PM
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Found the info below, sounds like it should be OK for SD but no HD support.
I was thinking that later on I should get a card but not sure which one I do have a HD3870 laying around here but I kind of would like it cool and quiet in the case
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Old July 27, 2009, 05:45 PM
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I was thinking that later on I should get a card but not sure which one I do have a HD3870 laying around here but I kind of would like it cool and quiet in the case
Pickup a HD4350 then, though you need one with S-Video...

I'm curious how you plan to connect the onboard to this old TV anyways? Doesn't have any S-Video or Composite/RCA video output.
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Old July 27, 2009, 05:55 PM
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I'm curious how you plan to connect the onboard to this old TV anyways? Doesn't have any S-Video or Composite/RCA video output.
Good question, I looked at the board at MSI site and there is no S-Vedio out? Here is a card like jdrom17 suggested, it has S-video and is fanless
NCIX.com - Buy Powercolor Radeon HD 4350 Scs 600MHZ 256MB 800MHZ DDR2 PCI-E DVI VGA TV Out Passive Video Card - AX4350 256MD2-S In Canada.

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You can always get something with an HDMI port like this one:
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte Radeon HD 4350 650MHZ 512MB 800MHZ GDDR2 PCI-E16 VGA HDMI DVI-I HDCP Low Profile Video Card - GV-R435OC-512I In Canada.
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Old July 27, 2009, 07:06 PM
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Oh wow I didn't even think of the s video thing hahahaha must be the heat out here
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I have the same onboard chip in my htpc. Plays 720p HD content no problem. Stutters a bit on 1080p.
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I have the same onboard chip in my htpc. Plays 720p HD content no problem. Stutters a bit on 1080p.
I'd say its all dependent on your CPU. Nothing to do with the board really.
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