HTPC GPU Upgrade

Hello all,

I am looking for some recommendations for a new GPU for my HTPC now that we have a new 4k tv.
Will not be needed for gaming at all as it simply sits under my tv, downloading movies and streaming across the network and connected to the new tv for watching movies. Now as my new tv supports 4k - LG 43UJ635V - The onboard intel i3 isn't up to the job.
So what I would like are a few recommendations for a GPU that supports 4k and HDMI 2.0, but as I don't need it for gaming I wouldn't need an all singing and dancing model, as cheap (and quiet) as possible would be great, any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

The current specs of my machine:
Motherboard: AS Rock H77 Pro4-M (PCIe 3.0 x16)
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3225 CPU @ 3.30GHz
RAM: G.Skill DDR3 4gb PC3-12800
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  1. Most modern budget graphics cards support 4K displays. You could opt for something like a GT 1030 which is small, quiet, and cheap. It’s capable of 4K displays as long as you don’t do anything other than streaming and basic home use. Gaming is not an option for this card lol.
    Reply to Jwpanz
  2. Thanks for your suggestion, I will add it to the list of "potentials".
    Reply to dirtycor
  3. I have a GT730 low profile in my HTPC. For lower power, and better nvenc core, pay attention to get the Kepler based one, not the older Fermi. So 384 cores,with either DDR3, 64 bit or GDDR5 memories, not the DDR3, 128 bit.
    I guess the GT720 and GT710 would work too, what counts is that the Kepler cards are the first to feature the hardware ASIC for video encoding/decoding, called nvenc/nvdec, branded PureVideo, version VP5 for decoding that introduced 4K UHD (3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall) video decoding:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia_PureVideo#Table_of_GPUs_containing_a_PureVideo_SIP_block

    For 4K DCI (4096 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall) you need to go to a Maxwell card (VP6) like GTX950, 960...
    Reply to SoNic67
  4. For 4k video you want the GT 1030. It's small, quiet, and low power. Yet it has hardware support for 4k video related encoding and decoding. It also has more up to date outputs.
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  5. dontlistentome said:
    For 4k video you want the GT 1030. It's small, quiet, and low power. Yet it has hardware support for 4k video related encoding and decoding. It also has more up to date outputs.

    Like I said, the 730 or 950 have that too... No need for fancy 10 bit or H265 (950 has that too), in US the cable or antenna payload, after demodulation is just MPEG2 encoded.
    Reply to SoNic67
  6. Hmm... Seems like the 1030 is winning due to overall price, but power consumption and noise! The hardware encoding capability is a good plus point!
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  7. The 1030 comes in passive cooling variants. No fans and just a heat sink means absolutely no noise.
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  8. The NVIDIA GT 1030 does not support the NVENC encoder.
    Reply to SoNic67
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