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Low power gfx card for old htpc?

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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 25, 2012 12:22:41 PM

Hi guys,

A family member recently gave me an old broken pc, after fixing it I set it up as a htpc (running XBMC) for my living room and it's great for what I need it for, but I was wondering if I would be able to upgrade the gfx card just to make things run a little smoother.

The computer is a HP Pavilion Media Center (upgraded to win7)

Unfortunately the spec sheet has no mention of the PSU, and PSUs/voltages/watts/amps all tends to go over my head so I'm unsure where to start.

Basically the graphics card will need to:
-Be small enough to fit in the case (which is of a non-standard size, smaller than microATX but larger than miniITX)
-Be powered though the PCI slot
-Consume a small amount of power
-Perform better than the current card (GeForce 7500 LE)
-Support audio through HDMI

I saw a previous post like this that was posted some time ago but the original poster never mentioned if his upgrade worked for him.

I was thinking about getting either a GeForce 620/630 or Radeon 6570.

Would any of these be compatible, or are there better cards available that would work on my system?

Thanks for your help.

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a c 291 U Graphics card
July 25, 2012 12:42:39 PM

They should be compatible. HD 6570 would be a perfect fit ;) .
July 25, 2012 3:17:36 PM

Thats great thanks sunius!
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a c 291 U Graphics card
July 25, 2012 3:18:51 PM

Glad I helped ;) .
July 25, 2012 4:42:37 PM

A step further ^ The fanless low profile should be just what you need. Get it too crowded in the case and you start dealing with air circulation issues.
July 25, 2012 7:51:57 PM

All great advice thanks guys