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Good Gaming-quality HTPC graphics card?

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April 6, 2012 10:21:45 PM

I've got an HTPC with older repurposed parts from a gaming PC. It's using an HD 4850 which is HOT and the fan is noisy, two things that are bad for an HTPC, not to mention it barely fits into the HTPC case (power cable is jammed up against the power supply). I was wondering if there are cards that can run basic games well (minecraft, TF2, etc), that come with low power consumption, a quiet fan or fanless configuration, and smaller/shorter profile? Not looking to run Crysis here, we occasionally play some games on the big screen in the living room.

Looked around on newegg but it's hard to search and filter something so specific.

Edit: I should also mention that I do some video capturing to this box from my Xbox 360 using a Hauppauge HD PVR, but I believe that is more processor intensive than graphics card, correct me if I'm wrong?
April 6, 2012 10:33:21 PM

There are a lot of cards that fit the description but it would be good if you posted your budget,that would narrow our search a whole lot,cheers !!!
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April 7, 2012 12:20:14 AM
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The most powerful fan less video card you can buy within your budget is the SAPPHIRE Ultimate 11202-03-40G Radeon HD 7750 for $125. It can play Crysis (but not too well if you max out every single graphic setting) and it is at least equal to the HD 4850; likely a little more powerful. The video card is relatively short, but it is taller than most cards due to the large heat sink. With a maximum power consumption of 43w it consumes 1/3 the power of a HD 4850.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Going down in performance, there the SAPPHIRE Ultimate 100326UL Radeon HD 6670 with 1GB of DDR5 RAM for $85 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Another notch down is the HIS iSilence 4 H667PS1G Radeon HD 6670 with 1GB of DDR3 RAM which decreases performance by 6% - 10% compared to DDR5 RAM. But it's cheaper at $70 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Going further down there's the HIS H657H1G Radeon HD 6570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 for $60 after rebate. It performs very close to a Radeon HD 5670.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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I would recommend the SAPPHIRE Ultimate 100326UL Radeon HD 6670 with 1GB of DDR5 RAM for your HTPC if you are only looking to play the occasional non intensive game.
April 7, 2012 1:43:00 AM

Thanks, I settled with the third one there because it's the only one that will fit my case. Looks like I only have 1/2 inch from the end of the L bracket to the case door.
April 7, 2012 1:43:08 AM

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