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Old October 24, 2011, 06:43 AM
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Default xfx GT520 for LG 50" 1080P?

My brother needs a budget card for his 50" lg hdmi hook up.

I gave him this stuff a while ago, list below.
AM2 x2 3600 1.9ghz
AliveNF6G-VSTA NF6150-430, mobo.
1 cd/dvd
2x1GB ddr2
Sparkle 400w psu
LCD 18.5" acer

Win 7 64

If he buys the gt520 will it play hd/blue ray/avi well on the 50" screen? How does the hdmi sound work to get it through the mobo to the card or is the mobo too old to pass sound to the card? I can run a seperate sound cable from comp to tv if needed.

The gt520 seems to fit the power bill + xfx lifetime warranty is good.

Ps, no gaming at all.

Gaming FX 8350 4.4GHZ @ sub 45c load / Tuniq Tower 120/ R9 280X / G Skill 12800CL9D 4x4GBXL/ S12D 850w/ GA 990FXA-UD3 /WD640AALS Black, WD1TB FALS x1, / Dell IPS 1920x1080/ Win 7 64
Daily Use x4 965BE 3.6GHZ/HD6870/EA750w/8GB ram/Win 7 64 and a whole bunch o hdds
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Old October 24, 2011, 07:01 AM
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If there won't be any gaming I'd get a 5450 over a 520, either card will be adequate. ATI/AMD has had the better track record when it comes to non-gaming HTPC applications. (unless you're using Linux) Plus power consumption will be slightly better and 5450's are typically a great deal cheaper. A separate sound cable won't be needed.
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Old October 24, 2011, 07:08 AM
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Since Fermi nVidia cards no longer require the separate audio cable to allow them to pass sound through HDMI (at least I don't remember needing it with my 465s). The 5450 is a quality card, has no problems playing back 1080p either and I can 100% guarantee that it'll pass sound through HDMI (I have one in an htpc system)
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