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Best low profile video card for old Dell Dimension E310

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November 18, 2013 10:58:40 AM

Here's the deal. I have a Dell Dimension E310 that is now running at 3.4 Ghz P4. I will be upgrading the ram to 4GB, and have purchased the startech pci-e x1 to pci-e x16 adapter as my machine has only std pci, and one pci-ex1 slots. I am pretty sure that because the adapter "raises" the slot the card will go into that I will need a low profiler. Also, I know that the pci-ex16 card I put in there will not be running nearly at its full potential. That being said, what would be the optimal pci-ex16 card,(low profile), that I can slap in there and get somewhat decent performance with? Will I have any benefit with GDDR3, or GDDR5 memory with my super old get-up? Thanks.

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November 18, 2013 4:55:32 PM

A good low profile card for general use would be the Radeon 5450 or 6450, they can be found for pretty cheap

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax54...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100292...

What are you looking to do with that machine? you could build a superior machine which would give you a big performance boost for very cheap even if you're an everyday casual user

Most of the time upgrading a machine of that age with old parts just isn't worth it so you could consider a small overall system upgrade

The AMD APUs are excellent for an everyday user

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: HEC Enterprise MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $231.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-18 19:55 EST-0500)
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