Solved! Budget 4k card?

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Looking to convert my multi-monitor setup to a single 4K TV. The usage will be mostly productivity apps, web-surf, light video editing and occasional streaming -- Absolutely NO gaming. What I'm questioning is -- What would be an example minimum card required to perform the fore mentioned at 3840 x 2160 / 60Hz over HDMI. The PC currently has a GTX650Ti/1GB, fed by i5-3750k, 8GB RAM.

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Appreciate the reply boju!

It's interesting that the compare sites rate, on average, my old GTX650ti an on-par (or better) card performance wise compared to the GT1030. I'm sure there are additional features of the 1030 that make it a true 4k card, comparatively. Still, it's a shame the 650 can only do 4k@30Hz. The GT1050 on the other hand does look to be a completely different creature and much more capable. My initial research of the GT1030/GT1050 cards has me leaning toward the 1030 since I'd like to go fan-less. This could be a moot point though as I raraly drive GPU's hard enough to ramp a fan above idle.
 

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Thanks for the reply and link.

Argh, that would be too convenient for this short-sticker! :p Unfortunately the current card has a pair of DL-DVI ports along with the mini-HDMI. It's hard to believe this HDMi 1.4 card likely pre-dates 2.0 standards.
 

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This is very interesting -- Just received the TV today and during setup the NVIDIA control panel provided the option of 3840 x 2160 (native) @ 60Hz. To my amazement it seemingly provides 60Hz as witnessed by the near elimination of cursor trail as opposed to the heavily trailed 30Hz setting. That said, I just found a lead on a lightly used EVGA GeFORCE 1050 Ti SC 4GB for $60, hopefully it isn't gone before I get there.
 

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This tread will live a little longer... ;)

First I'd like to offer an update on the GTX 650 Ti driving 2160@60Hz. Well, it does do so but at the cost of 4:2:0 vs 4:4:4. Since I'm using this PC as a workstation and 4:4:4 is a must, it's 30Hz for now.

So that the fore mentioned can become a moot point I still intend to upgrade, as was the impetus of the OP. After some additional research inspired by the replies above I'm feeling 1050 or better may be my best option. While the current card handles basic workstation duties just fine a limitation was witnessed this past weekend. 4k media plays smoothly but attempting use of video screen capture, even at a reduced HD window size, results in stuttering and dropped frames. This didn't happen with the HD monitors so I'm guessing the card is being overly taxed at 2160 even though I'm not attempting to do full screen capture. 1GB VRAM probably plays a big part there.

Anyhow, I got stiffed on the $60 1050 card I noted in a previous post but see used and B-stock can often be had for around $100. That got me looking and I see 970 cards abound for about the same price, maybe even a little less. It looks like even though this is an older card it could be considered a tier or two better than the 1050. Unfortunately I see it's also at about double the TDP with twin fans which could negatively impact my desire to quiet-PC as much as possible. So I have to ask -- If I am looking for, at minimum, the performance of a 1050 Ti 4GB and in about the $100 range new/used should I stick with that card or might there be additional options?

EDIT -- I should add I have been an NVIDIA user for quite a few builds now but wouldn't shy away from Radeon's, such as a 560 or so. I really also gravitate towards the single fan form factor.
 
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1050Ti is generally stronger than the 560, both are fine for 4k capture. Make sure you get the 4GB version of either brand.

560 < similar performance > 1050 > 1050Ti > 570 > 1060 < similar performance > 580. 1060 is equivalent to a 980.
 
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Thanks again boju for the insight you've provided! Looks to be enough info for me to start the hunt for a $100'ish card.

Seeing your avatar has me wondering why I haven't used the internet to follow the AFL since it was taken from us (in my local of the US) nearly a decade ago. Myself, I was always partial to the Blue Baggers. If I'm correct this is there longest dry spell in regards to gaining a premiership.
 
Haha yeah poor Carlton Blues, they haven't been doing well. Hopefully this year they're more of a challenge. They lost round 1 last week but if they had a better first quarter they could have won.

1995 was their last prem
 

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