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[Best Buy] $109.99 ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5 Video Card

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[Best Buy] $109.99 ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5 Video Card

It should be a warm deal these days, if you need a video card to upgrade your HTPC. It's fanless, low profile and can handle 4K.
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Are people still doing HTPC builds these days? With so many people having multi-screen home setups, I would've thought Kodi/Plex would've been more common (that's what I swapped to a few years ago)
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This card shouldn't even exist, any recent intel or amd apu would be just as good.
That's 30 minutes away, I'll be there in 10.
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wearysky wrote: Are people still doing HTPC builds these days? With so many people having multi-screen home setups, I would've thought Kodi/Plex would've been more common (that's what I swapped to a few years ago)
I have Kodi on an HTPC. I also do some Steam games (Lego with kids), mgalaxy (mame) and other things. If you don't have/don't want screen in every rooms, a custom HTPC is cheaper than a NAS and can be upgraded when needed.
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Buying an entry level card is almost always a bad idea.
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NightRain wrote: This card shouldn't even exist, any recent intel or amd apu would be just as good.
I don't think Intel iGPU is sufficient.
However, AMD's latest Raven Bridge is pretty good.
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I have a HTPC, I3 540 CPU on gigabyte ga-h55n-usb3 mini itx MB, built in 7 years ago but still working very well. After adding this video card, it's 4k HTPC now.
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Not good if you're a gamer. For HTPC, 1030 is good enough.
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NightRain wrote: This card shouldn't even exist, any recent intel or amd apu would be just as good.
Maybe (although from what I've seen the 1030 is still better than the latest intel igpu). But not everyone has the latest intel or amd processor. The gt 1030 is great for updating a 5-6 year old computer with a decent processor to be able to play some of the more recent games, even if not at highest quality. It also takes stress off the system ram, freeing more of it up for the processor to use. It also gives you an hdmi port if the motherboard of your older computer doesn't have one, so it can be easily connected to a tv.

That said, $110 isn't a hot deal for a gt1030.
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wearysky wrote: Are people still doing HTPC builds these days? With so many people having multi-screen home setups, I would've thought Kodi/Plex would've been more common (that's what I swapped to a few years ago)
I prefer dedicated devices for my home theater.
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yeahwhat wrote: Maybe (although from what I've seen the 1030 is still better than the latest intel igpu). But not everyone has the latest intel or amd processor. The gt 1030 is great for updating a 5-6 year old computer with a decent processor to be able to play some of the more recent games, even if not at highest quality. It also takes stress off the system ram, freeing more of it up for the processor to use. It also gives you an hdmi port if the motherboard of your older computer doesn't have one, so it can be easily connected to a tv.

That said, $110 isn't a hot deal for a gt1030.
I never saw hot deals for 1030 video cards.
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richardjhy wrote: I prefer dedicated devices for my home theater.
Sure, like I said - if you only have a single screen for content, it still makes sense to do an HTPC. I just wasn't aware that there were so many people that still had single-screen setups, but I guess not everybody has a wife that watches different shows from you, and two kids that watch different content from each other (and you) the way that I do. Lol.
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wearysky wrote: Sure, like I said - if you only have a single screen for content, it still makes sense to do an HTPC. I just wasn't aware that there were so many people that still had single-screen setups, but I guess not everybody has a wife that watches different shows from you, and two kids that watch different content from each other (and you) the way that I do. Lol.
Kodi can stream from an HTPC to other devices, you don't need a NAS for that.
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wearysky wrote: Sure, like I said - if you only have a single screen for content, it still makes sense to do an HTPC. I just wasn't aware that there were so many people that still had single-screen setups, but I guess not everybody has a wife that watches different shows from you, and two kids that watch different content from each other (and you) the way that I do. Lol.
I don't know others, but my home theater room was treated acoustically, hooking up with decent 7.1 speaker system and AV receiver.
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The only time I bought an HTPC GPU was getting an HD4550 because the onboard didn't support YPbPr for my ancient CRT TV.

These days onboard HDMI is more than enough for video decoding. Don't waste your money on this.
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CollegeGraduate wrote: I don't think Intel iGPU is sufficient.
However, AMD's latest Raven Bridge is pretty good.
I have a 6 year old Intel CPU with the iGPU running 4k uncompressed blu-ray media without any issues.
That's 30 minutes away, I'll be there in 10.
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yeahwhat wrote: https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX66790

Here's a silent one (useful in htpcs) for $10 less, regular price.
Got this a week or so ago on amazon for $94.99 with free shipping it is indeed a good card. Too bad even entry level cards are starting to feel the effects of the present situation with supply and demand.
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