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Can anyone recommend me a LOW PROFILE video card that can play games nicely (and maybe even MAX) at 1024x768?

I'll mostly be playing Steam games and here's the games I have:

Counter-Strike
Counter-Strike: Source
Garry's Mod
Half-Life 2
Killing Floor
Left 4 Dead 2
Portal
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
Serious Sam HD (1st and 2nd Encounter)

The most demanding might be Left 4 Dead 2. Not looking to spend more then about $60 if possible. (And please do not recommend me high end cards that are not low profile)

The rest of the specs include an E8400 and 4GB DDR3 RAM.
post #2 of 10
gts 450 has a low profile one. Its 130.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-126-_-Product


is another
Edited by The Master Chief - 12/27/10 at 10:34am
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Maybe this?
    
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Can anyone recommend me a LOW PROFILE video card that can play games nicely (and maybe even MAX) at 1024x768?

I'll mostly be playing Steam games and here's the games I have:

Counter-Strike
Counter-Strike: Source
Garry's Mod
Half-Life 2
Killing Floor
Left 4 Dead 2
Portal
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
Serious Sam HD (1st and 2nd Encounter)

The most demanding might be Left 4 Dead 2. Not looking to spend more then about $60 if possible. (And please do not recommend me high end cards that are not low profile)

The rest of the specs include an E8400 and 4GB DDR3 RAM.
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Maybe this?
Something tells me that won't be sub $60 .
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I was looking at this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-121-_-Product

Anyone have personal experience with a 430?
post #6 of 10
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Something tells me that won't be sub $60 .
Im sure once the GTX 560 comes out, the GTX 460 will drop down to the price range of a GTS 450 which isn't bad at all. The prices on them are already fantastic but I guess it's not what the op needs.
    
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Originally Posted by [-Snake-] View Post
Im sure once the GTX 560 comes out, the GTX 460 will drop down to the price range of a GTS 450 which isn't bad at all. The prices on them are already fantastic but I guess it's not what the op needs.
Well I did have my eye on a card that great for my htpc, but it's just out of my budget, sorry. Not a personal thing.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Hiep View Post
Can anyone recommend me a LOW PROFILE video card that can play games nicely (and maybe even MAX) at 1024x768?

I'll mostly be playing Steam games and here's the games I have:

Counter-Strike
Counter-Strike: Source
Garry's Mod
Half-Life 2
Killing Floor
Left 4 Dead 2
Portal
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
Serious Sam HD (1st and 2nd Encounter)

The most demanding might be Left 4 Dead 2. Not looking to spend more then about $60 if possible. (And please do not recommend me high end cards that are not low profile)

The rest of the specs include an E8400 and 4GB DDR3 RAM.
HD4550

I have this card. It comes with a low-profile bracket. It's passively-cooled.
It runs MW2 at highest settings at 60FPS at that resolution...
It overclocks a little bit... and you'll get like 10% increase in performance.
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post #9 of 10
Nevermind. Get that GT430.
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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Neitzluber View Post
Nevermind. Get that GT430.
If what you're saying is true, then a 4550 can probably max the Source games if it can max MW2 right?
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