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January 19, 2014 7:52:05 AM

Hello world,
I need a new graphics card for my Dell Optiplex 745 sff. Yes, it is only a weak business machine to play cs:co and alike but my gt430 seems to be dying. I have a 275Watt psu no power connectors, it needs to be low profile and preferably strong, on the money side I could spend approx. 70-100$. Thanks for any help.
Specs:
Standard Dell Board
4gb DDR2 667 DDR2
Intel Core2Duo e6600 @ 2,4Ghz
If you need any more info, just let me know.
a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2014 7:54:36 AM

I'd look for a bargain on a 660. Your CPU is going to bottleneck you with anything faster.
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January 19, 2014 8:02:37 AM

660?
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2014 8:06:29 AM

Alec Mowat said:
I'd look for a bargain on a 660. Your CPU is going to bottleneck you with anything faster.


Did you even take time to read the OP? He said he only got a 275 Watt PSU. He also said his PC is a SFF, I don't even think they make 660 in low-profile version.

Based on Tom's latest "best card for the money" article from January. I'd recommend the Radeon R7 240 instead. Just make sure you pick the low-profile version.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

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January 19, 2014 9:09:38 AM

MC_K7 said:
Alec Mowat said:
I'd look for a bargain on a 660. Your CPU is going to bottleneck you with anything faster.


Did you even take time to read the OP? He said he only got a 275 Watt PSU. He also said his PC is a SFF, I don't even think they make 660 in low-profile version.

Based on Tom's latest "best card for the money" article from January. I'd recommend the Radeon R7 240 instead. Just make sure you pick the low-profile version.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...



Min. Power Supply :
400 W

Even that is pushing it with that power supply.
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January 19, 2014 9:42:32 AM

That R7 240 sounds like a good idea to me, no need for an extra power lead and it's a big improvement over the GT430, just DON'T get a passively cooled version, the limited airflow in a SFF case will cause it to melt.
There's no problem with power, the E6600 only draws this: http://ark.intel.com/products/27250/Intel-Core2-Duo-Pro...(4M-Cache-2_40-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB) (65Watts) and the card can only possibly take 75 Watts, because that is all the PCI-E slot can provide-a total well under the 275 available.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2014 1:59:45 PM

Alec Mowat said:


Min. Power Supply :
400 W

Even that is pushing it with that power supply.


No worries. GPU makers always over-exaggerate power requirements. And Dell computers have a reputation to under-evaluate their PSU so it's probably more powerful than 275 Watt.

If he chooses a video card that doesn't require additional connection from the PSU (like the Radeon R7 240) the card cannot draw more than 75 Watt because that's the maximum the PCI-E slot can feed it. And 75W being the limit, the card will probably draw less than that just to be safe (probably no more than 60W under load and 20W on idle or something like that).

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January 20, 2014 10:41:58 AM

I just looked, is there any R7 240 you can recommend? It has to be single slot and the MSI one I looked at is too tall. Any liks would be awesome. Thanks for the help so far. :)  ;) 
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January 21, 2014 5:20:52 AM

Ok, this helps alot. One more question for now, do you think I could handle an R7 250? I did some maths and the PSU should suffice. Any oppinions?
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January 21, 2014 5:24:11 AM

Your maths is correct, the installed power supply will be plenty-Dell use some good quality units and regularly underrate their output.
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January 21, 2014 5:58:19 AM

Based solely on my knowlegde of graphics cards from both manufacturers, I would get an Amd Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 I know they make those in LP designs or if you want a more recent one the Amd R7 250 1GB GDDR5 get GDDR5 don't get GDDR3. The best card i know of from our green buddies over at Nvidia would be the Nvdia Geforce GT 640. If you see a GT 640 with GDDR5 than that is an ok deal the GT 640 GDDR5 is also known as GT 640 Rev. 2. So the best card in terms of performance would be HD 7750 GDDR5 not GDDR3 then comes R7 250 then GT 640 I think im not too sure if anyone wants to correct me on that feel free im always willing to listen.
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January 21, 2014 7:30:06 AM

@hs99802: I know the 7750 is a better card. But I took for granted it's an old PC with an old CPU and he uses mostly for 2D apps and old games sometimes. I also took for granted he didn't want to spend too much on a card. I checked on Newegg.com and the cheapest 7750 low-profile I could find is 139$. He got that Asus R7 240 low-profile for 69$. So we're talking twice the price.


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January 21, 2014 2:41:26 PM

@MC_K7 oh ok i understand. Was just making suggestions.
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