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November 5, 2009 8:13:35 PM

I'm building a new PC, which is going quite well and not actually why I'm asking.

My question is actually about how to make my old PC a bit more environmentally friendly as a home server. It was a gaming system, so it doesn't have any on-board graphics options (and my current GPU is going into the new machine) so I'm going to buy a cheap GPU for the old system. Any recommendations of PCI E video cards that use very little power? Most of the time this thing isn't even going to be hooked up to a display at all...

Thanks for any help and/or suggestions.

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November 5, 2009 8:21:12 PM

check this chart out..

http://mark.zoomcities.com/images/gfx/GFXpowerchartbyid...

from the looks of the chart I would get the nvidia 7300LE
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November 5, 2009 8:21:55 PM

The HD4650 uses 40W of power, as far as I know. Is $50.
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November 5, 2009 8:29:18 PM

Yeah, for minimal display requirements, I second the 4350. All of the low ATI 4000's are very power efficient, but for what you descirbe I see no need to go above the minimum (in cost and power).
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November 5, 2009 8:59:15 PM

Thanks very much for all your answers. I'm going with the Sapphire 4350 suggestions, especially since there's a fanless option, but I'm giving the best answer to nitrous simply because that chart is such an awesome resource, and I didn't manage to find it despite all kinds of google effort :) 
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November 5, 2009 9:16:38 PM

That is an awesome chart. Nice find!
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November 5, 2009 9:20:14 PM

no problem.. glad we could help you out..
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November 6, 2009 12:27:33 PM

4670 is the most powerful pcie card you can get that runs soley off pcie power.
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