I also have a desktop (Acer M5620 Core 2 Quad 6600 at 2.4 GHz w/3 Gb memory) that has a less than spectacular video card - ATI Radon HD2400 Pro. I have no need for any gameing capability but I want to make the system the center of a Home Theatre. I have dual monitors on the system at the moment (24" and 20") both at relatively high resolution. The 24" at 1920x1200 and the 20" at 1680x1050. Both are at their native (LCD) resolution. I have up to four TV tuners on two Hauppauge tuners - one analog and one digital tuner on each device - one card and one USB dongle.
These tuners eat a fair amount of CPU when in use but never push my 4 cores beyond about 40% utilization. Most TV is just fine but action sports like tennis or any rapid movement of items on the screen results in dropped frames.
So, I am thinking of getting a faster video card but I am unsure that it will help. If I were to invest in a better video card, it must be very nearly silent and it would be great if to did not take a lot of power since there is little surplus capacity in the OEM power supply. I can, if necessary, replace the PSU and will probably need to eventually but it also needs to be very nearly silent.
So, my problem is to know if an upgraded video card would help and if so which one (or what spec is important) and how do I find a silent one?
Mod Edit: Post split from this topic; Video Card advice? ~ tg
Edited by tg1911, 19 October 2008 - 09:32 AM.