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Help with finding a suitable graphics card for a media server

I recieved an older dell server(Dell PowerEdge SC420 Server) from a friend and was looking to turn it into a media server.

I am having an issue with finding a graphics card that will work with my mother board, It has x8, x1 pcie slots as well 3 regular pci slots. My question is can a x16 graphics card be used in a x8 slot? and if so does can anyone recommend me a cheap card that has an hdmi output?

Link to ebay of the motherboard:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-PowerEdge-SC420-Server-Motherboard-RG156-X3468-/160560944767

Thanks in advance!!
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  1. You're going to have to buy a new motherboard (and possibly CPU) if you want to put any of the graphics cards from the past 3-4 years on that computer...
  2. TropicoSuarez said:
    You're going to have to buy a new motherboard (and possibly CPU) if you want to put any of the graphics cards from the past 3-4 years on that computer...


    So theres basically nothing I can do?
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    You can try PCIE x1 card like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500299
    But chances if incompatibility are high. The PC is quite old.
    Theoretically low power 16x PICe card CAN run in x8 slot (some slot are left with "open" slot-end for such purpose). In reality I think the chances here are even lower than the x1 variant.
  4. Nikola Aslanov-1338074 said:
    You can try PCIE x1 card like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500299
    But chances if incompatibility are high. The PC is quite old.
    Theoretically low power 16x PICe card CAN run in x8 slot (some slot are left with "open" slot-end for such purpose). In reality I think the chances here are even lower than the x1 variant.


    ^^^ Good solution
  5. Nikola Aslanov-1338074 said:
    You can try PCIE x1 card like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500299
    But chances if incompatibility are high. The PC is quite old.
    Theoretically low power 16x PICe card CAN run in x8 slot (some slot are left with "open" slot-end for such purpose). In reality I think the chances here are even lower than the x1 variant.


    Im going to give the graphics card you recommended a try, if it doesnt work out ill just return it.. thanks!!
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