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    Best graphics card for my HTPC

    Right, I need to change the vga card in my HTPC. Its got a low profile ATi 128mb 9250 in at the moment.

    Whats the best LOW PROFILE AGP card out there? Theres very little to choose from and most seem to be 64bit cards

    It'll be running MCE 2005 on a 32" LCD HDTV at native 1366x768.

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    http://www.universaluk.com/acatalog/...cs_Cards_.html

    Theres a couple of AGP cards there.. I don't know where they will be better or not though..

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    Thanks. The best card seems to be the 6200 with DDR2, but Im sure I read that they're 64bit, along with the low profile 5200 cards, which is obviously gonna give terrible performance.

    I am not going PCI-E with this though, so Im probably out of options...

    EDIT: That website also quotes 64bit for the above cards

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    notmuch choice for anything better than that from what i can see, however, can you put a full size card in on its side??

    http://linitx.com/viewproduct.php?prodid=10430

    that means you could put a full size card in if you case will allow it

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    Hmmm, thanks for that MrP, definately worth a look! I'll measure up for that tonight. The only problem might be my PCI TV card getting in the way. Could be a pain to connect up the cables too, because the card will be horizontal, rather than vertical.

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    plenty of PCI riser cards on there as well, including a flexable one

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