GPU to update HTPC with Micro ATX and on-board graphics Motherboard?

Hi. I am looking to improve an 4 year old home built HTPC for general home use with a good bit of PhotoShop use too. Along with a new SSD and RAM, I am looking to add a new graphics card. The hitch is that my motherboard is a GIGABYTE GA-E7AUM-DS2H LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9400 HDMI Micro ATX. This board is small and has an onboard SLI-ready graphics processor. So there are two issues that I need help with:

A full size card does not fit because it covers the SATA connectors (an right angle connectors do not help, unfortunately).

I would like the new card to take advance of the SLI capabilities of the on board GPU, unless its too out of date to be useful and a single new card is better.

Is there a card that you could recommend?

Additional info:
400 W Power (Corsair)
4X 2GB DDR2 800MHz
Intel Core Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0Ghz.

Thanks.
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  1. There is no SLI capability with on-board graphics. You must be referring to Hybrid SLI. Not worth even considering.
    If your HTPC case accepts full height gfx cards, this GTX 650ti SSC factory O/C card may be just the ticket. I have it in a budget gaming PC I built, and it is quite good up to 1080p resolution. And it is only 6" long!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=evga+650ti+ssc&N=-1&isNodeId=1
  2. clutchc said:
    There is no SLI capability with on-board graphics. You must be referring to Hybrid SLI. Not worth even considering.
    If your HTPC case accepts full height gfx cards, this GTX 650ti SSC factory O/C card may be just the ticket. I have it in a budget gaming PC I built, and it is quite good up to 1080p resolution. And it is only 6" long!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=evga+650ti+ssc&N=-1&isNodeId=1

    Clutchc- Thanks for the recommendation. And I was referring to the hybrid SLI, as you noted. I have to admit that I didn't know what the 'hybrid' meant or how it worked. I happy to hear that I can forget about it. I' check out the 6" card you recommended. The size is perfect. - DrB.
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