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I installed Steam on my HTPC and installed all my racing games and other such games that work well with my XBox 360 controller. Then I remembered that we don't have a dedicated graphics card in there.

I'd like something that can handle games such as DiRT 2, Burnout Paradise, etc. at 1920x1080 and decent detail. I would also appreciate it if it were a quiet card. Obviously the card won't be a low power/low heat sort of card but this will be in our HTPC/home server so it can't be a 480, lol.

This is posted in ATI as last I remembered they were better at lower heat cards but I'm sure Nvidia has some decent offerings so feel free to recommend them as well. Budget is as cheap as possible while meeting my requirements. Links to newegg, amazon, etc. are much appreciated. Used would also be perfectly acceptable (and perhaps preferred if the price is right).
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HT | OMEGA Claro Halo Audio Technica ATH-A900X Audio Technica ATH-AD900 M-Audio AV 40 
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I'm in the same situation. I own a HTPC, have recently installed Steam on it and have a copy of DiRT 2/3 but can't play either on it. I did some research and it seems that to max out DiRT 3 at 1920*1200 which is my screens resolution you need either a 6870/6950/560Ti. Now none of these may truly be considered low power cards but they will use less than high end cards.

On your resolution and if you don't have the need to max out the games then anything lower than those cards should do ok. Example: 560,460,6850,5830/550Ti Oc'd
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