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I recently got a hold of a HP DC7900 SFF computer with a Q9650. It does have Intel video, but i want to give it as a gift for a friend, and i'm looking for the best low-profile video card for it that doesn't eat more than 100w and doesn't need an external PCI-E power connector as the PSU is only rated for 240w. I'd prefer it to be AMD, but if the price is right i wouldn{t mind an Nvidia GPU.

The only card that comes to mind is the HD7750, but i'm not sure what model is the best for that. Any advice would be welcome.

EDIT: This is the computer in question:


Edited by Starbomba - 11/10/13 at 11:51am
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>100W = Greater than 100W, you might want to adjust your title to be <100W. =)

You can run a 7750 with no PCie power connection, but I don't think it's a low-profile card in the true sense of the word. Most LP cards will fit in a 2U rack chassis and have a max height of like 2.25". Are you trying to fit this into a specific case?

Greg
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I recently got a hold of a HP DC7900 SFF computer with a Q9650. It does have Intel video, but i want to give it as a gift for a friend, and i'm looking for the best low-profile video card for it that doesn't eat more than 100w and doesn't need an external PCI-E power connector as the PSU is only rated for 240w. I'd prefer it to be AMD, but if the price is right i wouldn{t mind an Nvidia GPU.

The only card that comes to mind is the HD7750, but i{m not sure what model is the best for that. Any advice would be welcome.

if you decide to go nvidia, this is pretty good card. the gddr5 makes it pretty usable as far as memory bandwidth. Dell includes a similar card in its lower-end 240watt x51.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500308
Edited by bbond007 - 11/6/13 at 10:04pm
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Originally Posted by Starbomba View Post

I recently got a hold of a HP DC7900 SFF computer with a Q9650. It does have Intel video, but i want to give it as a gift for a friend, and i'm looking for the best low-profile video card for it that doesn't eat more than 100w and doesn't need an external PCI-E power connector as the PSU is only rated for 240w. I'd prefer it to be AMD, but if the price is right i wouldn{t mind an Nvidia GPU.

The only card that comes to mind is the HD7750, but i{m not sure what model is the best for that. Any advice would be welcome.

if you decide to go nvidia, this is pretty good card. the gddr5 makes it pretty usable as far as memory bandwidth. Dell includes a similar card in its lower-end 240watt x51.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500308

GTX 650 Low Profile - 128 bit version

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500290
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm actually trying to decide between these two:

Zotac GTX 650 ZT-61008-10M
Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 100357LP

Any pickers? Or is there anything better?
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm actually trying to decide between these two:

Zotac GTX 650 ZT-61008-10M
Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 100357LP

Any pickers? Or is there anything better?

The only way the 7750 could be better is if you had two in crossfire, and even as an AMD investor that makes me nervous.

As it stands I would buy the GTX 650 with the expectations of having better temps, drivers, and stability over the Radeon, but again that is just speculation.

There is nothing better save for the AFOX 7850, but that is basically unobtainable for those of us in the U.S.
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The only way the 7750 could be better is if you had two in crossfire, and even as an AMD investor that makes me nervous.
As it stands I would buy the GTX 650 with the expectations of having better temps, drivers, and stability over the Radeon, but again that is just speculation.
There is nothing better save for the AFOX 7850, but that is basically unobtainable for those of us in the U.S.

I don't intend to have OVER 9000 power from this rig. It's an old computer, with an un-OCeable quad-core, just one PCI-E x16 slot and a 240w PSU, which thankfully is at least 80+ compliant (Delta made). I don't think a 7850 would work well on it though, since only the CPU eats around 95w, that's why i need a card that doesn't need a PCI-E power jack.

I read several reviews, and both the 650 and 7750 are pretty similar. If it were for me i'd pick the 7750 since the Geforce cards not on Fermi or GK100 are abysmal for compute performance, which is very used for BOINC. Since it will be for gaming and multimedia, i don't really mind the brand of the silicon, but i do really want the best for what this is worth.
Edited by Starbomba - 11/10/13 at 12:02pm
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The only way the 7750 could be better is if you had two in crossfire, and even as an AMD investor that makes me nervous.
As it stands I would buy the GTX 650 with the expectations of having better temps, drivers, and stability over the Radeon, but again that is just speculation.
There is nothing better save for the AFOX 7850, but that is basically unobtainable for those of us in the U.S.

I don't intend to have OVER 9000 power from this rig. It's an old computer, with an un-OCeable quad-core, just one PCI-E x16 slot and a 240w PSU, which thankfully is at least 80+ compliant (Delta made). I don't think a 7850 would work well on it though, since only the CPU eats around 95w, that's why i need a card that doesn't need a PCI-E power jack.

I read several reviews, and both the 650 and 7750 are pretty similar. If it were for me i'd pick the 7750 since the Geforce cards not on Fermi or GK100 are abysmal for compute performance, which is very used for BOINC. Since it will be for gaming and multimedia, i don't really mind the brand of the silicon, but i do really want the best for what this is worth.

Well there is also this one: http://www.powercolor.com/us/products_features.asp?id=474

Unfortunately I see it has the same availability as the AFOX.
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One thing I noticed tonight about the R7-250 LP and the GTX 650 LP is that they are listed as PCI-E 3.0.... not PCI-3.0x16.

I thought maybe this was a typo on NewEgg's part but I went to the respective mfr's websites and they say the same thing. Am I correct in assuming that because they do not say x16 that they are immensely slower than the 7750 and GTX 640 LP?
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