Is P4-2.4ghz w/ Radeon 9000 Pro 128 mb and 1 gig ram enough for MC

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by YiFai, Dec 11, 2004.

  1. YiFai

    YiFai Guest

    Do i need to upgrade? or will MCE run fine with these specs?

    Thanks,

    YiFai
     
    YiFai, Dec 11, 2004
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    Phil Taylor Guest

    thats not a DX9 card right?

    MCE will run best on a DX9 card.

    so while it will probably work, it wont be optimal.
     
    Phil Taylor, Dec 11, 2004
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  3. YiFai

    YiFai Guest

    So even if I get the chepaest one (FX5200) it'll still be better right? Like
    by how much? (i know this is hard to answer, but please try)

    Also, what about the difference between FX5500 and FX5200? Any major ones
    worth mentioning?

    Thanks~
     
    YiFai, Dec 11, 2004
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    Phil Taylor Guest

    5200 can barely do PS 2.0. and then only in half precision mode. avoid the
    low end. any mid-range card is going to make you happy for 2 reasons:
    significantly better graphics performance overall, and adequate for most
    gaming needs
    allows MCE to enable DX9 rendering pipeline, where all the quality
    improvement work was targetted.

    a side benefit is some mid-range cards come in fan-less configs, great for
    living room PCs. do make sure you get a fan-less variant that has the full
    memory bus width. some fan-less variants are cost-reduced and only have half
    the memory bus, and cant do HD. for instance, 9600 SE has a half-wide memory
    bus, 64 bits iirc. 9600 and 9600 Pro both have 128-bit wide memory bus's and
    can do HD.
    there are 9600Pro fanless, including the Sapphire Pro Ultimate, but not
    9600XTs, see
    http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle.cfm?articleid=472
    http://www.sharkeyextreme.com/hardware/videocards/article.php/2245951
    etc

    if you find something similar in the nV mid range line ( 5500-5700 ) you
    should get similar value.
     
    Phil Taylor, Dec 12, 2004
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  5. YiFai

    YiFai Guest

    OK I believe i will try to set it up with my radeon 9000 first, then if i'm
    not satisfied with teh quality i'll go get a radeon 9600 pro advantage..~~

    thx all~
     
    YiFai, Dec 12, 2004
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    iceman Guest

    I am using a Radeon 9600XT(just got it friday) and a eVga NVTV single tuner
    with P4 2.4GHz and 512MB DDR system ram. I play all the newest games, and TV
    and MCE2005 is ROCKING.

    I just took back a nvidia fx5200 card. I saw many posts here saying they
    work great, but in my case, the TV looked pretty bad, MCE looked dim, and as
    time went by (hours) things looked worse.

    Just my experience so far, I am not trying to start a riot :p

    ice
     
    iceman, Dec 13, 2004
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  7. YiFai

    Phil Taylor Guest

    5200 can barely do PS 2.0. and then only in half precision mode. avoid the
    low end. any mid-range card is going to make you happy for 2 reasons:
    significantly better graphics performance overall, and adequate for most
    gaming needs
    allows MCE to enable DX9 rendering pipeline, where all the quality
    improvement work was targetted.

    a side benefit is some mid-range cards come in fan-less configs, great for
    living room PCs. do make sure you get a fan-less variant that has the full
    memory bus width. some fan-less variants are cost-reduced and only have half
    the memory bus, and cant do HD. for instance, 9600 SE has a half-wide memory
    bus, 64 bits iirc. 9600 and 9600 Pro both have 128-bit wide memory bus's and
    can do HD.
    there are 9600Pro fanless, including the Sapphire Pro Ultimate, but not
    9600XTs, see
    http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle.cfm?articleid=472
    http://www.sharkeyextreme.com/hardware/videocards/article.php/2245951
    etc

    if you find something similar in the nV mid range line ( 5500-5700 ) you
    should get similar value.
     
    Phil Taylor, Dec 15, 2004
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