- I will only be usig this PC for DVD & Blu-Ray playback (no gaming, editing, etc), so I dont need that much horsepower
- PCI Express
- at least 1 HDMI output
- Quiet fan, I dont want to go fanless as the case I have is small so will get hot.
- only takes up 1 slot
- Ideally <50.00, I dont care if it is used or refurbished, so anything on Ebay would be fine, if someone has one to sell
Btw, the 6xxx cards take alot more stress off the CPU when decoding blu ray, helping to reduce heat build up in the system. Tbh I think you'd be safe enough with a fanless 6450 if your case can take Standard profile cards. Read the reviews on New Egg, should give you an idea on noise levels if you do get one with a fan.
The integrated GPU if you have one will handle those functions just fine.
My livingroom htpc has a Radeon hd4250 integrated into the motherbd and the bedroom htpc uses the integrated hd3000 (not affiliated with radeon or ati) of the i3-2105.
Intels Ivy bridge cpu's feature the hd4000 gpu which is alot better than both but I have had absolutely no problems even with the old 4250 in the living room.