Old GPU worth bothering with?

I'm doing the usual swap around of machines and parts and thought I'd throw together a htpc.

It's an ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard:

A Intel Pentium G2120 Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 3.1GHz LGA 1155 Desktop Processor BX80637G2120:

A Hauppauge TV tuner, xonar sound-card, plenty of 1600mhz ddr3, ssd, raid storage, etc.

1 question, I have an old 8800 gtx in the attic. Is it worth throwing in at all or just go with the on-board graphics until I pick up a new card. Can it use or contribute to h.264? The onboard chip on this pentium doesn't seem to perform very well...

Your old 8800 PROBABLY would bottleneck the system, and they had nothing in them to decode/encode h.264.  So, I would probably just go with the onboard until you can find something better.


The now venerable 8800 was re-branded by nVidia a few times I think it ended up being the 240 or something. It will mess up the power efficiency. You might want to just stick with the onboard graphics till you can fit a more suitable card.

Yeah, I used to heat my apartment with it.

I wouldn't bother with the old 8800. A fanless gtx610 can be found for around $30-$40 and makes a great htpc vid card.