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April 7, 2013 2:20:40 PM

I currently have a refurbished HP DC7900 SFF Desktop. (Note, I said Desktop NOT Tower) I recently bought an Benq xl2420t 24" 3D ready monitor. Here is the problem, I need a low profile graphics card that will let me watch 3D movies with this monitor, and my 3d compatible Blu-ray player, and will work with a 240W power supply. I know from research that Sapphire makes a Radeon hd 6670 that will work with my psu, but from the research I have done, my monitor needs the NVidia version of 3D.

My question is this, does anyone know of a NVidia graphics card which supports 3D, is low profile, and will work with a 240w power supply. If it helps, the version of the dc7900 I have is the one that came with a quad core 2.66ghz CPU and 8GB of ram. It has a 148 GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, and a Sapphire HD Radeon 5450 PCIe video card.

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April 7, 2013 2:29:46 PM

Are you looking to game with the 3D monitor or just 3D blu-ray movies? Because the AMD card can easily handle 3D blu-ray movies with no problem. You do not need Nvidia for 3D blu-ray playback.
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April 7, 2013 2:41:57 PM

for now I only care about movies, because the only game I play doesn't support 3d. according to research I have done, my monitor will only produce 3d with the NVidia vision, it won't work with AMDs HD3d Technology. I will probably just buy a new PSU, case, and 600 series video card, but that is a little outside my budget, and I was hoping someone knew of a card that would not only work with my desktop case. but would also work with the 240W Power supply I have.

thanks for the quick reply, sorry that I am a total nub when it comes to 3D
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April 7, 2013 6:29:42 PM

3d movies would go thru the blu-ray player, whats the pc got to do with it?
Maybe I'm missing something...
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April 8, 2013 8:11:58 AM

popatim said:
3d movies would go thru the blu-ray player, whats the pc got to do with it?
Maybe I'm missing something...


Can somebody just please break the trend and be the first person in a thousand posts I have done on sites like this and just answer my question. IN CASE NOBODY KNOWS WHAT MY QUESTION WAS, IT IS "Does anyone know of a NVidia graphics card which supports 3D, is low profile, and will work with a 240 w power supply" If you don't know the answer, thank you for your time, but please don't waste mine with stupid questions that have nothing to do with answering my question. I am sorry to yell, or be rude, but when you have posted literally a thousand questions on sites like this, and everybody talks about everything but the question, it gets frustrating.
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April 8, 2013 8:36:14 AM

Check out this website:
http://www.nvidia.ca/content/HelpMeChoose/fx2/HelpMeCho...

It allows you to select a nvidia graphics card to suit your needs. If you select 3D vision, and 300W power supply, it suggests only a single card, the GeForce 210.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The card is also noted as being 'low profile'.

However, you should really be more polite when you are asking these things. You are here asking others for help; they have not seen the other dozen threads you have posted on, and are just trying to help as best they can. Further, if there is something that has come up every other time you posted this thread, that is probably because there is something to it, and you should address that in new threads you post.

In particular: If you have a standalone blu-ray player and a standalone monitor, all you need to do is hook the bluray player directly up to the monitor and disconnect your computer. No input from a graphics card is required.

If instead what you have is a blu-ray drive in your computer, then yes, you do need some sort of graphics card. It would be good for you to clarify this when you post this sort of question.

I hope I have been of some assistance.

Update:

As per this website
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Inno3D/GeForce_210/2...

The GeForce 210 uses 10W of power at peak load, so it will definately work with a 240W power supply (provided nothing else in your PC is taking up all the power).

The card is a very weak card, but seems to be the only one that fits your bill. For something stronger you need a bigger PSU.

Update 2:

As per how weak?

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/

This card benchmarks on the 'low' chart at 184. If you bump up to a 400W power supply you can get a GTX650 for 100$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This card is also 'low profile' with 3D support, and benchmarks at 1819 (so perhaps 10x better performance).
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April 8, 2013 8:57:51 AM

If you had the Benq xl2420tx model, this would likely be a lot easier. If it is at all possible, trading what you have for a model with the x at then end would simplify everything. In that case, you'd simply plug your bluray player into the monitor and play from there. However, you have the t model, without a built in emitter nor glasses. That means to get the monitor to work in 3D, you have to buy the 3D Vision 2 kit, which I have my doubt in it working directly with a bluray player.

That means you need a 3d Vision 2 kit, and 3D bluray software and a video card that is capable of playing 3D. That is a lot of extra costs.

Now the problem is there are no low profile 3D Vision supported cards, which leads me back to returning that monitor for the Benq xl2420tx model.

Edit: you cannot plug a bluray player directly into the version of monitor you own, so you have no choices as there are no 3d Vision supported low profile video cards that I can find. The GTX 210 and GTX 610 do not support it either.
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April 8, 2013 9:42:23 AM

bluejayek said:
Check out this website:
http://www.nvidia.ca/content/HelpMeChoose/fx2/HelpMeCho...

It allows you to select a nvidia graphics card to suit your needs. If you select 3D vision, and 300W power supply, it suggests only a single card, the GeForce 210.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The card is also noted as being 'low profile'.

A 240W power supply is really incredibly small in this day and age, and may not work with this GPU (nvidia recomends 300W +). If this is what you are running with, I would think you have to take a hard look at the rest of your computer to make sure it is compatible. In particular, does your motherboard have a PCI slot for the card? If not, you will need to look at a full rebuild of your computer to get what you want.

However, you should really be more polite when you are asking these things. You are here asking others for help; they have not seen the other dozen threads you have posted on, and are just trying to help as best they can. Further, if there is something that has come up every other time you posted this thread, that is probably because there is something to it, and you should address that in new threads you post.

In particular: If you have a standalone blu-ray player and a standalone monitor, all you need to do is hook the bluray player directly up to the monitor and disconnect your computer. No input from a graphics card is required.

If instead what you have is a blu-ray drive in your computer, then yes, you do need some sort of graphics card. It would be good for you to clarify this when you post this sort of question.

I hope I have been of some assistance.

Update:

As per this website
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Inno3D/GeForce_210/2...

The GeForce 210 uses 10W of power at peak load, so it will definately work with a 240W power supply (provided nothing else in your PC is taking up all the power).

The card is a very weak card, but seems to be the only one that fits your bill. For something stronger you need a bigger PSU.

Update 2:

As per how weak?

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/

This card benchmarks on the 'low' chart at 184. If you bump up to a 400W power supply you can get a GTX650 for 100$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This card is also 'low profile' with 3D support, and benchmarks at 1819 (so perhaps 10x better performance).


Thank you for this reply. I figured I would have to transfer the board to a better case with power supply. I just wanted to make sure. the 210 is too weak for the game I play, I guess I will have to put a little money into this. I guess I wasn't clear when I described my system, the Blu-ray player is a drive inside the computer, so it isn't stand alone, I didn't want to go through this hassle as the case and psu will probably be the same price as the card, if not more expensive, that would make it a little outside my budget right now, but if I have to buy it, I will. I figure a case change is necessary cause as I said before, this is a desktop as apposed to a tower. If that doesn't make sense, here is a link that shows the exterior of the computer:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/en/WF30a/12454-124....

It is even smaller than you think it is. The 3-1/2" bay that is shown is where the main hard drive is, and if you wanted to have a floppy drive, or a second hard drive installed, the Power supply is shaped in such a way that it pivots upwards, and you can put a 3-1/2" hard drive with a 5-1/4" mounting bracket underneath it. Very tight space indeed. Now that I think about it, I wonder if the motherboard will even line up properly with a bigger case. Oh well, I guess I should of thought about this when I bought the darn thing last month. Sorry for the little rant, if anybody wants to keep this thread going, I will participate, but otherwise my issue is solved. Thank you for everyone's time, and once again, I apologize for my attitude.


Take Care

"Peace be the Journey"
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April 8, 2013 10:05:26 AM

Thank you to all those who responded. As mentioned if people want to keep this going I will respond, but my issue is resolved.
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