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  Reply # 369187 18-Aug-2010 11:20
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Last week I bought a new video card for my HTPC (which is a low profile BTX case) and I ended up with a EVGA GT240 - $167 inckl GST from PBTech.

I have been very impressed with this card - it is very very quiet, small enough to fit in a tight case, audio over HDMI works perfectly fine, but still good enough for a bit of gaming.

Oh, and it reduced the CPU usage for DVB-T from 80% plus to < 30% !

I haven't tried VGA at the same time but can give it a shot tonight and post back.

It's slightly over your budget but from the many posts I have read on geekzone NVidia cards are far better for HTPC builds than ATI.

I don't have  Blu-ray or HD-DVD player in the PC so cannot test the 24p ability, but personally would like to know, another thing to upgrade!



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  Reply # 369201 18-Aug-2010 11:43
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thanks for that mate, i think im pretty set with the 5670 at the mo

i will pick it up lunch time and give it a go tonight

i dont have the bluray drive yet for it, still searching for a good one

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  Reply # 369241 18-Aug-2010 12:47
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I have the 5670 and am rapt with it. Does bluray fine (CPU use about 18%) and handles the games my wife throws at it (and CS:S at 122fps average on max details)
Asus one has a tiny fan that is a bit noisy, but I didn't have the room for a dual slot version...




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  Reply # 369372 18-Aug-2010 15:30
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excellent ! got it now, paid $129+gst.. hopefully i didn't pay too much for it

can't wait until i get home and try it :)



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  Reply # 369470 18-Aug-2010 18:56
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I AM ANGRY !#!@!#$!@
I AM FRUSTRATED !@!#@!$!$!
I AM UPSET !@!$@!$!$

put the new card in and the driver will not finish installing !!!!! un-fricken-believable !!!!!!

i also just remembered that this exact problem also happened last time when i tried to install with the previous card

when the ATI install manager trying to install all the necessary drivers for the card, it is stopped progressing when it is trying to install MICROSOFT VISUAL C++ 2008 Redistributable .....

with the previous card, the process of installing the driver also stopped at the same stage

it will not progressing any further that this

have tried googling it and tried any possible ways to no luck !!

os is windows vista home edition sp1

im thinking just to BURN the fricken thing and forget about the whole HTPC idea =(


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  Reply # 369486 18-Aug-2010 19:27
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Use Drive Sweeper to clean out the previous drivers and registry entries.



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  Reply # 369506 18-Aug-2010 19:58
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driver sweeper - downloaded n installed

when i tried to run it, it came up with an error 740 !!!!!!!!!


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  Reply # 369519 18-Aug-2010 20:29
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system restore or go back to prev card.

go to the bin64 folder of the ati package.
run "Atisetup -uninstall" and wait till everything's gone.

upgrade to sp2.

backup and try again and fingers crossed ... i have no idea why it wont go past the prog install? anyone?

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  Reply # 369521 18-Aug-2010 20:31
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also try removing all currently installed c++ redist - beware some progs may not run anymore? anyone?

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  Reply # 369524 18-Aug-2010 20:32
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(ths is one reason why apple macs are gainig ground - new pc technology is ridiculously fflawed in every way. you should hear how i spent 8 full weeks with my named laptop in my sig. i think i've finally solved every problem now .. until i plug in the nex thing that is ...

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  Reply # 369532 18-Aug-2010 20:41
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you got the drivers from ati yeah? the one with "x64_ccc_dd"? for vista?



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  Reply # 369540 18-Aug-2010 20:52
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yep, got that driver

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  Reply # 369794 19-Aug-2010 13:36
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Install the re-distributable separately?

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9b2da534-3e03-4391-8a4d-074b9f2bc1bf

It might show you what the error installing is then.







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  Reply # 369795 19-Aug-2010 13:38
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yep, tried that too.. no luck..

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  Reply # 369809 19-Aug-2010 14:17
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googling showed someone curing this problem by installing latest updates. why dont you try that? and in the process get SP2?

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