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Will a NVidia GT 730 fit in a Dell Optiplex 745?

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July 5, 2014 2:12:19 AM

Recently my friend's laptop broke down and he gave me $100 while he was on a holiday to upgrade the GPU on his old Dell Optiplex 745 Desktop form-factor for him. The specs for this system can be found here (He has the Core 2 Duo version):

http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/optix/en/...

From what I understand, the PCIe 2.0 x16 164 pin slot can only supply 65 watts. The GT 730 was just recently released and the GDDR5 version (specs here: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...) has a wattage of 38W.

His system does have the riser option however I am not sure if the card will fit in the case (desktop form-factor) and if the low-profile slot will be too small for the card. He will be using it for about a month for light gaming till he gets his gaming laptop back. If the card is not compatible for one of the reasons above or another one I haven't realised, would you please be able to offer an alternative.

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July 5, 2014 2:21:44 AM

As long as you have at least 300W power supply it should work.

But Dell won't supply info on how long a gpu you can fit in their cases. You'll have to measure it. Is there a graphics card in there now.

From the spec you can see you have to be able to fit a card that is 6inches long, 3 inches wide and will take up 2 case expansion slots.
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July 5, 2014 2:22:19 AM

The GT 730 is just a rebranded GT 630. There are only 2 sizes for video cards, full size and low profile and if he has the "desktop" size from the picture you posted then you will have to get a low profile card. The GT 630, GT 640, and GTX750 all come in low profile, are all extremely short, and will work fine with just the power form the pci-e slot. The GT 630 is not going to be too great for games though, unless they are ran at a low resolution or a very low setting. You can get a GT 640 for about $80 or a GTX750 for about $110.
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July 5, 2014 2:31:54 AM

If it had a graphics card in it, that would be as powerful as a GT630 anyway.

Even the integrated HD3000 graphics would be near as good.
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