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Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Durvelle27, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Durvelle27

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    Need help finding a cheap GPU for my HTPC for 4K playback. I'm currently using a 8400 GS but it lags, freezes and artifacts really bad at anything above 1080P. Looking for a card thats not too exspensive but can handle 4K video playback and 3D playback.

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    Core 2 Duo E4300
    ASUS IPLB
    SAMSUNG 2x 1GB+2x 512MB DDR2 667MHz
    250W PSU
    Thermaltake Case
    Windows 8.1 + Plex
    Audigy 2 ZS (Optical)
     
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    Those cards were not made for 4K playback. I don't know if there are any that officially supports this, but your chances are to get a more modern card, but nothing guaranteed.

    My 9500GT plays 1080p (60fps) videos at 50-60% load (+70-80% spikes)... So a more modern model should handle frames bigger than that (maybe a GT630, 620 or above).

    Don't know about performance of AMD cards, never used them in my life.
     
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    9800gt ?
     
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    Will it support 4K and also 3D
     
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    What about a GeForce GT 630 or GeForce GT 640?
     
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    I can look into those but also remeber guys only have a 250W PSU
     
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    250w will be fine for ether of those cards as they don't need any external power. Nvidia may say 300w for the GT640 GDDR5 but the cards only uses 49 W.
     
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    Ok ill take a look into those. What about a GT 440
     
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    The GT 440 only supports upto 2560x1600, The 630 and 640 support 4096x2160 which is 4K.
     
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    Try> Change mobo: try MSI FM2-A75MA-P33 + A10 5800K processor
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    The cheapest options would be either a GT 630 or 640. Probably better go with the 640

    Or just get a GTX 750 which is more but better or a hd 7770 or gtx 650
     
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    A AMD 5450 would be cheaper and it will do.
     
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    I don't see any 4K support?

     
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    Thx guess i'll get a GT 640 since there's no cheaper option

    why would i do that. It will cost over $200 which isn't worth it considering i already have this build.

    I though about a GTX 750 Ti but power consumption would require a new PSU

    I don't think it does

    Thx for the clarification
     
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    The cheapest option is a R7 240.
     
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    It is thanks. R7 250 is the same price as the GT640 also
     
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    Its the same price as a GeForce GT 630 so how is it cheaper?

    If you do go for a 630 make sure its the new model.
     
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    Maybe in your country it does cost the same, anyway a R7 240 consumes less power and gives better performance.

    Here are the proofs before you start arguing.
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    Nope for one hes not gaming for two it uses more power!

    Also hes in the US there both the same price!

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    Go for AMD R7 250 or AMD R7 260x.

    Support 4k out of the box.
     
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    So just out of curiosity I downloaded the Sony 4096 BluRay demo and installed Quicktime. Ran it on my HTPC. It runs ok but I can only see about 1/3 of the screen lol
     
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    So a GT 630/640 don't ? Read the OP a 250w PSU running a AMD R7 260x are you dreaming.
     
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    But your APU graphics are much better and newer

    After reading up on the GT 630 and GT 640 both support 4096x2160 via HDMI
     
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    gtx 750 ti 2gb
     
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    @OP

    Are you using a 4k monitor or tv?
     

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