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Graphics Card for Dell Optiplex 745

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September 24, 2013 4:12:15 PM

I am trying to upgrade this dell desktop to a 1 gb graphic card but I am new at this. If the tech specs for the computer say that it takes a PCI express 1.0 x16, can I put a PCI express 2.0 x16?? And what order do I install graphics card then driver??
September 24, 2013 5:49:20 PM

Dell offers four versions of the Optiplex 745. What upgrades we can offer depends on which version (Mini-Tower, Desktop, Small Form Factor, Ultra Small Form Factor) of the system you have. Regardless of which version you have, there's no guarantee that an update is even possible.

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September 24, 2013 9:28:47 PM

It's the desktop version. And it has the expansion slots for a graphics card I'm just trying to find one that will for sure work with this computer.
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September 25, 2013 3:30:45 AM

You should be good to go with a low-end, low-profile PCI-E 2.0 graphics card. Something like this Jaton Geforce GT620 PCI-E 2.0 graphics card should work in your system without putting a strain on your 200 watt power supply. Understand, this is by no means a gaming graphics card. This system cannot handle a gaming class graphics card, but any discrete graphics card will work better than just the on-board graphics.

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Edit: Also, install the graphics card and then install the drivers for the card.
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September 25, 2013 4:48:35 AM

Okay, thanks!
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November 11, 2013 3:19:47 PM

NeedHElp23 said:
It's the desktop version. And it has the expansion slots for a graphics card I'm just trying to find one that will for sure work with this computer.


Did you purchase a graphics card? If so, which one? I need one too for the same set up

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