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I am looking to buy a decent card for my HTPC. It's got an i3 in it right now. The PSU came with the case so I am guessing it's not that great since the combo for the case and PSU was ~$25.

I am looking for a low-profile (has to be low-profile capable) card that can also play some games decently. I sometimes use my HTPC as a backup PC when my rig is being worked on by me.

I was thinking a GT430, any other suggestions?
 
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You could go with the GTS450, I think I remember seeing one on newegg a while back.
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post #3 of 13
whats your budget?

A 430 is a decent card.

Palit makes a LP 450, but may be loud for a HTPC. It also requires a 6 pin plug, and with an unknown PSU, the less stress the better.

A 5570 (like this one) would be decent also, depending on the games.
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post #4 of 13
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whats your budget?

A 430 is a decent card.

Palit makes a LP 450, but may be loud for a HTPC. It also requires a 6 pin plug, and with an unknown PSU, the less stress the better.

A 5570 (like this one) would be decent also, depending on the games.
No budget really but the cheaper the better. Again, this is for a secondary, partial use PC. I would probably be playing WoW or something like LoL on it, nothing too demanding.
 
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post #5 of 13
Id say go with a 5570. :-)

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On the higher end, I think powercolor makes a low profile 5770/5750 but if you're more on a budget then you can go with the 5570
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i've got two cards to choose from, both perfect for you! pm me!
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post #9 of 13
Nice little card, and that cooling setup should be pretty quiet when using as a HTPC.
May get a little loud if gaming, but should not be an issue.
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Just got my card in yesterday and I have my HTPC at the office with me so I can run some tests while I get some work done.

First thing I noticed when I installed it was the noise. This thing is QUIET!

The stock intel fan is 10x louder than the graphics card is.

Gonna get some benchmarks and whatnot with it.
 
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