Just one more change before I’m done for the moment with hardware upgrades. Despite having been relatively pleased with the HD2000 graphics in my i3 2100 HTPC build and not really wanting to add more heat inside the cramped quarters of my TV cabinet, I nevertheless went and got a second hand 650Ti (the standard MSI OC version).
Haven’t really had time to test it so far because I lack a mini HDMI cable or converter but installation inside my old mATX case (inside the cabinet) went better than expected despite the MSI card having a custom PCB that is quite a bit longer than the reference model. Plus it has the universally stupid power connector at the far end of the card as opposed to on top of the card. Oh well, shouldn’t be a problem unless you elect to go for a mITX system anyway.
Both power consumption and noise seem to be as low as can be expected from any card. And in terms of speed it is as fast as my old 5850, at a mere fraction of the inconvenience. Looking forward to playing around with this card and XBMC later to see if I can finally get that perfect 23.976 going.