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Im upgrading my dell optiplex 520, and was wondering what the best pci card is for it, yes i know its old, and out dated, but I only need it for minor things, and A little minecraft on the side, so whats the best?
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    esmoore81 said:
    Im upgrading my dell optiplex 520, and was wondering what the best pci card is for it, yes i know its old, and out dated, but I only need it for minor things, and A little minecraft on the side, so whats the best?


    Or you can get PCIE X1 look at your motherboard below PCI slots (if you have Mini Tower)



    If this is correct - Zotac ZT-60607-10L GeForce GT 610 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500299 seems to be better choice.

    From Optiplex GX520 manual
    Quote:
    Bus type
    PCI 2.3
    SATA 1.0a and 2.0
    USB 2.0
    PCI Express 1.0a
    Bus speed
    PCI: 33 MHz
    SATA: 1.5 Gbps and 3.0 Gbps
    USB: 480 Mbps
    PCI Express x1: 5 Gbps I don't think it is correct but still faster than PCI



    ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_optiplex_desktop/optiplex-gx520_user%27s%20guide_en-us.pdf PAGE 106

    Anything else I can help you with?
  2. Actually those are speeds of expansion slots:

    PCI - 133 MB/s
    PCIE x1 - 500 MB/s

    So PCIE x1 Zotac GT610 is a winner.
  3. GT520 and GT610 are exactly the same card. There is no difference at all except a new name. And the 9500GT PCI cards that Sparkle and Jaton were making still run rings around both of them. 9500GT doesn't support DX11 but at the speed that GT520/610 run at, neither do they really.
  4. The Zotac GT 610 is pretty good for old PCs. I've got a 2004 Packard Bell, and the GT 610 has really given a dramatic speed boost in various games - especially Minecraft. It now runs at minimum 50 frames per second (fps), although I did have to get Optifine (http://www.vgchartz.com/article/1001495/optifine-for-174-172-164-162-152-minecraft-mods-and-downloads/).

    It connects with PCI (no extra cables needed) and has a HDMI, a VGA and a DVI out port, but VGA is most common for most displays. 512MB of ddr3 RAM is plenty for most games.

    I bought it from amazon.co.uk for £42 (or $60 from amazon.com) and it came with a manual, a driver and software disc and a warranty. But I bet you could find it cheaper from eBay.
  5. Kisianik said:
    Actually those are speeds of expansion slots:

    PCI - 133 MB/s
    PCIE x1 - 500 MB/s

    So PCIE x1 Zotac GT610 is a winner.


    In this case the bandwith of the slot is irrelevant. GT610 isn't even going to come close to saturating a PCIe x1 slot so it may as well be in a PCI slot.
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