Help me choose a video card

By robertq
Jan 15, 2011
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  1. I am getting a new Dell PC with following Configuration.

    I am going to use a 46 inch OR 55 inch TV as my monitor so I can do regular computing as well as use it as a Home Theater PC.

    I am not going to use it for gaming at all.

    Intel i-7 3.4 GHz Processor

    12 GB DDR3 RAM

    Windows -7 Ultimate

    Integrated 7.1 Channel audio

    Hauppauge® WinTV-HVR-1200 Hybrid Analog/Digital TV Tuner

    They are giving 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT420 as default video card.

    And they want almost $ 100.00 Extra for 1GB ATI® Radeon™ HD5770 Graphics Card

    Should I pay extra for Radeon HD 5770 ? If yes, What will it do that NVIDIA won't ?

    Thank You.
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    the 5770 is more powerful than the GT 420, but either would be suitable for a HTPC. you wont need 12GB of RAM though, that's for sure, so if i were you i would save myself $100 on the memory and get the 5770.
  3. robertq

    robertq TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    I run Win -7 Ultimate, 3 or 4 Stock Market charting applications with 20 or so charts open along with few other applications like few word docs, 5 to 10 ie windows open etc. so I thought a lot of RAM would help & RAM is cheap. I am not hardware expert but just a crude guess & other people using that much RAM in my business. You can now suggest tthough.

    My main concern is that I need good graphics on my stock charts & watching TV & movies with Large TV screen.

    Extra $ 100.00 for a better video card is not a big deal if it is going to help in what I am planning on doing. But I don't want Dell to take advantage of me. Their service is good but they rip you off on extras like Videp cards, HDD, RAM, DVD/BD, TV Tuner etc.

    Please advice.
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    The GT 420 should theoretically do fine for your HTPC requirements. And I concur with EXcell that you definitely do not require 12GB of RAM for the kind of usage you mentioned.

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