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January 8, 2008 7:48:56 AM

Guys,

I was wondering if there were any low profile cards that would be recommended for a media centre PC? I am trying to put it together on a budget (aren't we all!) and re-using an old business desktop, it has only got an on-board vga connector for video. I'd like a something that would let me use either component/hdmi/dvi outputs.

While I'm here if there are any TV-Card suggestions those would be good as well!

Thanks in advance,

ooral

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a c 169 U Graphics card
January 8, 2008 7:57:04 AM

NVIDIA GEFORCE 8400
ATI HD 2400

are the best choices
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January 8, 2008 8:27:47 AM

Thanks gyus, I'll look into those suggestions!

The one on Newegg looks good, need to find a UK equivalent and I'm sorted!
January 8, 2008 8:47:10 AM

Oops, just checked the box, I need to have an AGP based card......

Any other suggestions welcomed!
January 8, 2008 9:47:40 AM

Are those low profile? They look a bit big.....
a c 169 U Graphics card
January 8, 2008 1:21:05 PM

well 7300GT isnt low profile, 7300LE is low profile, so sorry about it look for 7300LE

but HD 2400 is a low profile card
a c 112 U Graphics card
January 8, 2008 1:47:20 PM

There is not much in the low profile agp market

Just do a search for low profile agp :) 
a b U Graphics card
January 8, 2008 3:08:08 PM

Yeah you're kinda stuck for AGP, bu if you can avoid the GF7300 and get at least an HD2400/GF8500 (unfortunately no AGP GF8 right now) that would be the way to go, anything less means you have poor HD support, and a GF7300 means you have less HD power than the X1550, so between those two go with the X1550. The GF7600 (and really a GT) is the lowest GF7 series for HD support, and the X1550 is the lowest for the X1K series (the X1300/1400 are ok and maybe better than the GF7300, but both are too weak for any real heavy lifting), and all the GF7 and X1K get destroyed in HD playback by the HD2K series. So IMO the HD2400 is the best option for any new HTPC.

Anything involving serious decompression help you should keep strictly to the HD2400 series (I'd otherwise also recommend the GF8 series but no AGP let alone low profile AGP for that).

You have your work cut out for you IMO, and maybe if they bring an HD3400 to the AGP market that might be your best option, but that would mean waiting a long time.
January 8, 2008 4:10:00 PM

Thanks for all your help guys! Looks like either the 2400 or 3400 if they bring one out soon.
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