Best HTPC GPU for folding?

Bloodgod42

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Im gonna build a HTPC and am wondering what video cards, preferably with hdmi, or an adapter, would fold best when its not recording. Im pretty low budget on this project so I have been eyeing the ATi HD3450 which can be had for under $50, Im just not sure how well it folds or if there is a better option in the sub $100 range.

Any input is appreciated.
 

mavalpha

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4670 beats it. I'll have some PPD on it in about a week. Should have my mobo on Wednesday, and then just waiting on Visiontek to launch their 4670.
I'm not sure how its PPD stacks up against a 9500GT, but gaming performance is years ahead (try almost double in some tests)- it's closer to a 9600GT than it is a 9500GT.
 

sirmonkey1985

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dont forget if you pair it with a 780g motherboard you can use hybrid crossfire with the 4670..
 

Bloodgod42

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This is gonna be a small, secondary system to my main rig. It will just be used as a htpc and off loading a lil folding from my main pc since some games I play dont like to run when Im folding.

(Funny thing is if i want to play a game and it wont run while im folding, instead of just turning off the folding client and gettin my game on, i will let folding take priority...shit, im hooked!!!)

Anyways, it will probably just be a Mini ITX/Micro ATX board, a simple C2D cpu, a PCI-e x1 TV tuner, a couple 500gb hdd and a PCI-e x16 video card that has HDMI out. Trying to keep it under $600 so I have a budget of $50-100 tops for a gpu, so what i would like to know is if any of the low end htpc video cards are better than another as far as folding goes? Im primarily a fan of nvidia but have been impressed with their lastest offerings and would be willing to consider them if only because they folded better.

Thanks!
 

JRitt

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I've got an 8800GT and a quad in my HTPC and folding on both (I pause them when watching Blu-Ray) and a Mini Ninja passivly cooling the cpu with no problems
 

Bloodgod42

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I've got an 8800GT and a quad in my HTPC and folding on both (I pause them when watching Blu-Ray) and a Mini Ninja passivly cooling the cpu with no problems

May I ask what kind of PPD you get? And are you folding with both?

Thanks.
 

sirmonkey1985

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stick with ati when doing an htpc especially if your doing hdmi.. since ati cards.. especially the 4000 series support 7.1 surround sound through DVI-->hdmi.. to run an htpc with a nvidia card you have to use a secondary audio source..

not only that but with a 4000 series card.. you can use a single core cpu to play back blu-ray.. yeah im sure you could do the same with a nvidia card.. but ati cards are still much more efficient at hardware playback then nvidia is right now..
 

Razor_FX_II

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That XFX 8800 GS XXX card I got from the shop the other day Bloodgod42 is giving ~5100 ppd in my sons computer and I moved his BFG 8800 GTS (G80) into mine along side my BFG 8800 GTS (G92) with your help on that trick on the 2nd power supply.
 
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