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Need low power/profile Graphics card for Media PC

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 26, 2009 1:10:38 PM

I am trying to build a media PC with an HP dc7600 small form factor computer. My biggest contraints are the 240W power supply and the low profile PCI Express slot.

Any recommendations on a good video card? I will not be doing any gaming on this machine, just playing back video/movies. Thanks!
January 26, 2009 3:07:48 PM

Thanks. In the specs of this card below it mentions a 350W min PSU requirement. Is this conservatively rated?

System Requirements Minimum 350W or greater system power supply (with a minimum 12V current rating of 18A)
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January 26, 2009 4:10:32 PM

Ok, I figured it wasn't that simple. :) can I assume that a 9400 would require less power than a 9500? I found another card on Newegg ( that's a 9400 but it happens to have HDMI out, which I would prefer but not if it ends up using more power or a 9500 is measureable better than a 9400 for video (not gaming). HDMI would be nice but not required.
January 26, 2009 4:47:21 PM

Ok, that's great appreciate the advise. Out of curiosity, if the card doesn't have HDMI how would I get 7.1 to my HDMI input? Special cable?
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January 26, 2009 5:14:11 PM

It comes with a little gray adapter that converts the DVi to HDMI. It also, somehow, passes the audio through the DVI connector to the HDMI connector. I am assuming using unused pins that the DVI output doesn't use.
January 26, 2009 5:28:56 PM

Interesting, I assumed DVI was strictly video only. Thanks again for the help!
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January 26, 2009 5:39:12 PM

DVI is video only, but I'm sure there are unused pins that they take advantage of to pass the audio. I have a 4870 and it installs an audio device that I can output to. I haven't tried it yet but was told its pretty snazzy.
March 25, 2009 3:05:32 PM

what GFX card did you get in the end and does it run ok ?
June 10, 2009 8:17:17 AM

im also interested in what you used as im in the same boat as you, i was going to get a 8600gt but im told it requires more power.

any recommendations ? surley the ones mentioned above require more than 240w?
August 22, 2010 9:37:26 PM

I have a small form factor pc (Gateway SX) with a tiny little power supply (220w) and 2 expansion slots, 1 pci-e, and one that is half the size of the other slot.

I read tons of reviews and needed something both low profile, and that wont run hot, I wanted to be able to play Starcraft 2.

I haven't gotten the game yet but I got the video card and it bumped my windows experience index from 4.3 to 6.7

The video card I got from Newegg for approx $100 (after tax and shipping) and it is a Sapphire Radeon HD5570 PCI-E 2.1 with 1GB DDR3.

I havent tested it under gaming conditions but it fit in the slot perfectly. I use a 32" lcd TV (Toshiba) as my monitor, and I haven't tested any games or dvd.

It seems to me that this is a great choice for performance for people with these limitations (space and power supply). The card has a built in fan so that should help keep things cool.