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Graphics card for streaming video

by go10go4 / February 15, 2010 12:30 AM PST

OK, here's what I would like to do - take streaming video downloaded to my computer and send it to my Samsung HDTV through the computer. My HP DC5100 has PCI slots and a PCI Express x1 slot. Since the computer is a small form factor I would need a low profile card (I am assuming the integrated card won't render streaming video well).

Now, I can find low profile graphics cards for PCI express x1 slots. But does the architecture of the motherboard prevent streaming through the card to the HDTV? I can buy a good card, but it won't do any good if the computer is questionable I guess. My power supply is 230 watt, so I would have to change power supplies perhaps. Do the passively cooled board use less wattage?

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Wait for WIDI
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2010 12:41 AM PST
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VGA problem
by go10go4 / February 15, 2010 3:55 AM PST
In reply to: Wait for WIDI

I think the current problem is that the integrated video card doesn't have the resolution I need. I need a 1080 for my HDTV, but my internal card doesn't support that resolution, unless there is a workaround I haven't considered or seen. I can view my computer on my HDTV now, but the image is very small. And I haven't attempted streaming yet to see how streaming is affected by the integrated card.

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I wonder if you are trying to clone the display?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2010 4:04 AM PST
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Should be fine
by Jimmy Greystone / February 15, 2010 2:29 AM PST

Should be fine. Most integrated chipsets can handle streaming video just fine. You even have some like Intel's 4500HD, which is horrible for pretty much anything EXCEPT video playback.

This is what I was doing for a long time. I have copies of all my movie and TV show DVDs stored on an external drive, which is then connected to my main computer, and shared with my HTPC. For a long time I was using the integrated 4500HD chipset, and it worked just fine with XBMC and even the 1080p encodes I have of some movies. Granted XBMC is doing most of the decoding work with the CPU not the GPU in the current release.

If you watch a lot of youtube stuff, then you might want to look into nVidia cards. Some of those have hardware accelerated Flash video support. Pretty much a completely worthless feature, and it requires Flash 10.1 which is only in beta at the moment, but I suppose if you have some repository of high quality flash content, that could be something to tip the scales a bit.

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by go10go4 / February 15, 2010 3:59 AM PST
In reply to: Should be fine

I don't need a card for YouTube. I view that strictly on my PC. But I am trying to download, for example, Neflix video and stream it to my HDTV. I don't need an Xbox or PS, otherwise I could use those. I want to set up my PC to stream to my HDTV - nothing more, nothing less. Thanks for all the help.

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In that case
by Jimmy Greystone / February 15, 2010 6:47 AM PST
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In that case, even if you're downloading 1080p content, which seems pretty unlikely since that ends up being 10-12MB/s of data, which is more than the bulk of even the fastest Internet connections there is in the US, not to mention the rampaging stupidity that makes up the entertainment industry today... Integrated video will be fine. Save your money for something else.

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