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  1. Member
    Join Date: Oct 2009
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    Dell 760 Optiplex
    E8400 intel dual core(core 2 duo)
    processor speed 3.0
    FSB 1333
    small form factor
    4 gigs of ram
    Windows 7 64 bit
    expansion slots: 1 low-profile PCIe x16 and 1 low-profile PCI
    power supply 235 watts
    my budget(hope to stay $100 or less)

    full specs for this PC here-----> http://www.dell.com/downloads/emea/products/optix/Optiplex_760_Spec_Sheet_en.pdf

    Hello. A few years ago I purchased a Radeon HD 4550 graphics card for an old Dell that I have. It has worked great. Here is the item I got before that I have been happy with, FYI. It went into a Dell Small form factor as well(Dell Optiplex GX 280)
    http://www.buy.com/pr/product.aspx?sku=209840906

    I would like to purchase something similar(but better) for a Dell system that I just purchased(specs above).

    Here are the things that I want
    - HDMI output
    - DVI output
    - ability to play high bit rate files(such as blu ray) in picture perfect quality
    - ability to do editing on video files recorded in high definition

    The power supply for this Dell 760 is weak(235 watts). And it is a small form factor. So I think that I will need something with a low power draw and also something that can fit inside this thing.

    I am not looking to push this thing to the limit. I do not play computer games. I have no need for gaming whatsoever. I would like to get something which is approximately 75% of the maximum that this system could handle. Another Radeon brand product would be good since that is what I am used to but I am not 100% locked into that.

    I went to the local electronics store to look at the Radeon cards. I checked out the 5000 series and 6000 series cards. However, they do not list the required system specs. So I do not know which one would be best for me.

    Suggestions?

    Thanks,

    TC
    My Dell PC system info.....3.0 Ghz Dual Core processor....... 8 gigs of ram DDR2...... Windows 7 professional 64 bit.......video card 1 GB memory DDR5 ram 800 mhz clock speed
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    That power supply isn't strong enough to run any video card. Most modern video cards need at least a 400w PSU. The only ATI card that I could find that would run on less was a Radeon HD 2400 Pro at 270w or greater and it's $125.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129106

    Nvidia has a few cards that will run on a 300w PSU.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600038363%2060...NG&Pagesize=20

    I had an old HP celeron computer with a small PSU like that and it wouldn't run with an ATI AIW card. Since HP didn't make a larger replacement for that PC, I had to buy a new case with a bigger PSU. I've never bought a name brand PC since, opting to build my own.
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  3. Did you try reading the spec sheet for possible optional video cards? If Dell will install it, then it will work.

    Low-profile bracket will severely limit your choices, unless you are willing to make your own.
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  4. Originally Posted by True Colors View Post
    Here are the things that I want
    - HDMI output
    - DVI output
    - ability to play high bit rate files(such as blu ray) in picture perfect quality
    - ability to do editing on video files recorded in high definition
    The good news is that pretty much every graphics card made now can meet those requirements. The bad news is your power supply will limit your choices to the bottom of the range. Look for "silent" cards. The lack of a fan requires that they be low power.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709&IsNodeId=1&srchI...CE&PageSize=20

    Something like these will probably work:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121377
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121443
    Last edited by jagabo; 1st Jul 2011 at 18:11.
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    Aside from the PSU being under-powered, installing a fanless discrete video card or any other add-on card that generates a significant amount of heat in that sff case would be risky. There is no actual exhaust fan, just the PSU fan. The cpu fan may provide a little circulation inside the case, but likely not enough to help with cooling the video card.
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