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I was thinking something like a GTX 250 or possibly a HD 4870/50, I am going to have about 200 bucks more to spend on the rig here pretty soon(selling a UD4P, 9600GT(not HDCP Compliant). Would like a fairly strong GPU(150 ish to spend), and BD-ROM drive.
 

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$125 -Sapphire Radeon 4870 w/code AWESOME10 at checkout, a $10 MIR (not factored in), and free ground shipping. On the flipside, their free ground shipping will take 3-6 business days if you're on the east coast.

As for Blu-Ray drives, well, I have no idea.
 
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BD-ROM should run you no more than $70 of that $200, depending on the exact speed you want. I'd go ahead and drop the remainder on a 4850/4870, as either should be a safe bet. Sticking with an HD4 should keep headaches to a minimum when it comes to HD playback and chipset drivers... I notice you didn't post your PSU, however. If you intend to use the 500W in the Apevia case, the 4870 is out of the question. You could try a 4850, but I'd be more inclined to drop that recommendation down to a 4830 pending a PSU upgrade.
 
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for 150 you can sometimes get a GTX 260 core216
 
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The only problem is queit a few GPUs don't fit properly in the case I am buying. So it needs to be shorter than 9 inches in length. Some users have posted that they were able to drill or out, or somehow modify the case into fitting cards like, HD 4870/GTX260. Which is what I would prefer getting.

I also need to consider the possibility of getting a card that can capture video as well. I know ATI used to have the "All in wonder" series. But for the most part those cards have diverged from GPU/Capture combo cards. Into separate pieces of hardware. I am not planning on playing video games on this computer however, so I am thinking for now I am going to use the "HD 3000" series chip onboard video, untill I can confirm the confinements of the case.
 
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isn't the 55nm GTS 250 like exactly 9 inches or something?
 
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i gotta say, i am really loving this GTS 250 55nm [512mb] card i got a hold of, i tried out crysis demo and it got fairly good framerate in my resolution even with the options turned all the way up, it was not like 60fps but it was good enough to be fun [1360x768]
 
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Get you a GTX260 and break out the cutters.
 
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I have a buddy who's handy with a dremmel, and other modification tools. The on-board Video card is strong enough to suit me for now...However I would much rather have a dedicated card.

Still trying to figure out the best combination of Video Card/Video(TV) Capture card.
 
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well a 4870 is exactly the length of the motherboard so I dont see how you couldnt fit it - its smaller than a 260 IIRC
 
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Definitely going to have to be a single card solution, most of the dual cards are 10+ inches, and this has to be sub 9.5 according to the manufacturer. Who knows, going to find out tomorrow however! I'd like to have something in there of HD4870/50 caliber, either that or a GTX 260. But we'll have to wait and see how hard to mod this case is going to be.
 
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If card length is causing you a lot of headaches, just go with a different case. Any of the Silverstone SG01/SG02 with model number ending in "F" has extended room for longer graphics cards. Their site shows one outfitted with a 12" 2900XTX: http://silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=SG01-F&area=usa

(The SG02 is about $30 cheaper, but has a plastic bezel rather than brushed aluminum.)

I'll repeat though, I really-really-really don't think you ought to be using the 500W Apevia in that case. They claim 16A/18A on the 12V rails, but from personal experience I can tell you that things weighs less than a 300W Antec. It might run, but not for long, and not if you keep the room too hot... 4850 maybe, but no 4870 and no 260, at least by my best approximation.