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Help me choose low profile video card! (Emulation HTPC)

Hi! I want to upgrade from my Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics to a discrete card... Problem is, I have next to no space in my case (In-Win BP671)...

I need a single slot, lowprofile card that isn't too thick. I have a

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103231

Diamond Radeon 7750 on its way, but I think it's gonna be too thick in the case...

Mainly, this HTPC will be used for emulation. I can pretty much run anything off the Intel I-3 4340, but I need something more for the Dolphin emulator..

Planning ahead, I think

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125468

GT 640

Or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121799

Asus R7 240

will both fit, but I don't know enough about graphics cards and the performance on emulation to make a sound decision.

I like the fact that the R7 240 is only 30 TDW, which is a plus in my case, but is it any better than my HD4600 integrated?

Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated!
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  1. I'm pretty sure that 7750 will fit, but my main concern is your PSU. I'm not 100% sure if your pre-installed PSU will be able to handle it, but most likely it will, just no guarantee.
  2. Rick74 said:
    Hi! I want to upgrade from my Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics to a discrete card... Problem is, I have next to no space in my case (In-Win BP671)...

    I need a single slot, lowprofile card that isn't too thick. I have a

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103231

    Diamond Radeon 7750 on its way, but I think it's gonna be too thick in the case...

    Mainly, this HTPC will be used for emulation. I can pretty much run anything off the Intel I-3 4340, but I need something more for the Dolphin emulator..

    Planning ahead, I think

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125468

    GT 640

    Or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121799

    Asus R7 240

    will both fit, but I don't know enough about graphics cards and the performance on emulation to make a sound decision.

    I like the fact that the R7 240 is only 30 TDW, which is a plus in my case, but is it any better than my HD4600 integrated?

    Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated!


    http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/galaxy_geforce_gtx_750_series_lineup_has_a_low_profile_card.html

    Most gtx 750's are small, and there are almost bare pcb versions. Check em out, their performance is way higher than a measly 7750 and they have ~55 tdp.


    Look see if you can find a small enough gtx 750 ti.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-gtx-750-ti,26053.html
  3. Yea I agree with 750/750Ti.
    The only said to be announced 750 Ti Low Profile is from Galaxy, but they haven't released it yet to the market.
    And I seriously can't find any GTX 750 Low Profile = =
  4. I have a Seasonic SS 350 for a PSU

    Thanks for the replies but I need a card that is about 1" wide... Most of these low profile cards are actually 1 1/2 slots wide...


    So, GT 460 or Radeon 7750?

    R7 240 would be perfect, but it looks like it's a little too underpowered for my needs?

    Thoughts?
  5. 7750 is definitely the strongest out of those 3, and I think it'll fit fine. The Diamond 7750 does come with a Low-Profile bracket that you can put on when you get it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmjn5GgFj7A
  6. Yep.... That's the video that originally gave me hope... but the card he's using is (according to specs) less than an inch wide (.67") I think. My card is wider than that.

    I might be able to pick up a used Sapphire Radeon 7750... that'll fit
  7. .67 was it's height, not width of the bracket. Same thing goes to the Diamond card, 1.3 is its height, not the width of the bracket.
  8. Well, I mean width as to how wide the card is when it's inserted in the slot... There isn't a lot of room in between the case and where the heat sink/heat shield is...

    It'll fit for sure if I don't put the case back together :-P

    Putting it back together is where I worried...
  9. Best answer
    If you are talking about the distance left between the Diamond GPU's heatsink and the bottom of the case, then I'm 90% sure that it'll fit fine and still be able to close the side panel without any problem.
  10. Thanks! I appreciate the help
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