Can I do any better than this video card for what I want to do?

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  1. IDMO

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    I want to run one HDMI cable to carry audio and video from my PC. I just want to watch ripped HD content on my tv. I don't play PC games, so I don't care if it sucks for gaming.

    MSI RX2600XT-T2D512EZ Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127298

    Good reviews, good price, but I'm not familiar with MSI. Any other cards I should look at? I don't care about specs as long as it does what I want with HDMI. :dunno:
     
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    I just bought an ATI Radeon HD 2600XT 512mb for $70 (CompUSA store closing buy)but have yet to install it. It is a good card for HTCP use and not really for gaming.

    Here is another 2600XT to check out on newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102703
     
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    Yeah I saw that one but wasn't sure if it also carried audio via the HDMI, is it all 2600XTs that do? I'm not really sure what to look for :hs:
     
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    hmm that one I posted doesn't seem to have hdmi output or at least the converter piece.
    I can't wait to install my 2600 XT and watch HD material. I really don't play games at all. Now all I need to do is find a decently priced power supply and wait for my mobo/cpu/1Gb ram combo to come in.
     
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    hmm that one I posted doesn't seem to have hdmi output or at least the converter piece.
    I can't wait to install my 2600 XT and watch HD material. I really don't play games at all. Now all I need to do is find a decently priced power supply and wait for my mobo/cpu/1Gb ram combo to come in.
    Here is the card I bought which does have a/v output through the hdmi
    http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd2600/radeonhd2600xt/index.html
     
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    Yeah I didn't see anything about it carrying audio and I don't know how to tell for sure :hs:

    How much was that card?
     
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    I just checked the included parts and it does have a
    Driver Disk
    User Manual
    HDTV Cable
    DVI to VGA/D-sub Adapter
    DVI to HDMI Adapter
    S-Video to Composite Adapter
    I can also see the HDMI adapter in the pics.

    You can also google the Sapphire or MSI and find info about hdmi output with 5.1 audio and video.
     
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    I got mine for $70 from my local CompUSA store that is closing.
     
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    oh right, i forgot you already said that :o
     
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    If it's HDMI, it should carry audio...If it didn't, they would put DVI there instead.
     
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    The Radeon HD 2600 XT includes ATI's Unified Video Decoder (UVD), a portion of the chip dedicated specifically to decoding VC-1 and H.264/AVC video content, in addition to the MPEG and DivX encoding found on earlier cards. Other video enhancements include hardware up- and downscaling; support for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), even on dual-link displays and 30-inch monitors; and a DVI-to-High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) adapter. The Radeon HD 2600 XT has support for 5.1-channel audio over HDMI when playing Blu-ray or HD DVD discs. Both upscaled DVD and 1080p HD content looked sharp and clear on a 24-inch Gateway FPD2485W monitor. Video quality was on par with that of a dedicated HD DVD player.
    Home theater PC owners should note that, while it's quieter than the Radeon HD 2900 XT's cooler fan, the Radeon HD 2600 XT's small fan is loud enough to be noticeable. Some third-party manufacturers such as Sapphire, however, are releasing silent, fanless versions of the card.
    Providing very good performance in the latest games at low to medium resolutions, excellent video quality, and the option for a performance boost later via a second CrossFire card, the Radeon 2600 XT is a welcome entry in the midrange market. (Bargain hunters can find the slower GDDR3 version of the card for $129, and the DDR2 RAM-based Radeon HD 2600 Pro for just $99.)
     
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    so basically i just need to pick a 2600 XT of some sort :o
     
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    the ATi 2600 XT is an excellent HTPC card. I am running one, myself, and it handles HD video VERY well.

    It's currently driving my 42" 1080p LCD at [email protected]
     
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    not neccessarily. The 2600XT can carry audio, iirc, but it's not required.
     
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    :bowdown::bowdown:
    I can't wait to get mine hooked up.
     
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    Thanks :coold:
     
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    I have the 256MB GDDR4 version. It replaced my GeForce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 that couldn't run my dual-link display.

    It plays half-life2/portal very well at [email protected].. So overall I think it's a great card.

    I opted for a little less vram to get the faster vram.
     
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    Hey IDMO,

    Did you pick one out yet?
     
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