Need low power/profile Graphics card for Media PC

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!
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  1. I'd go with a 9500GT, 240w should be fine for it.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150319
    even comes with a free low pro kit.
  2. 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)
  3. Yes. Here is a review that includes the 9500Gt using a Core 2 Extreme QX9770 @ 3.20GHz

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3420&p=6
  4. Ok, I figured it wasn't that simple. :) ...so can I assume that a 9400 would require less power than a 9500? I found another card on Newegg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121292) 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.
  5. If you do not get the 9500GT I would opt for the ATI HD4550. It Doesnt have an HDMI port but has the DVI to HDMI adapter. And with an ATI card you get the built on 7.1 Surround sound as well through HDMI.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102799
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. Interesting, I assumed DVI was strictly video only. Thanks again for the help!
  9. 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.
  10. what GFX card did you get in the end and does it run ok ?
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
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