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Optiplex 760 upgrade suggestions?

I have an Optiplex 760 mini tower hanging around, and I am looking to game well at a low to medium budget. I was thinking about grabbing a GTX 1050 ti (single fan) at 130-ish bucks. From my amateur measurements I'm on the edge about whether it'll fit. Any direct input or suggestions on other similarly powerful GPUs? Thanks!
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  1. It should fit in the tower version, and maybe even be able to get enough power, but the OEM motherboard is an issue with newer cards. Is the BIOS UEFI or the older type?
  2. hang-the-9 said:
    It should fit in the tower version, and maybe even be able to get enough power, but the OEM motherboard is an issue with newer cards. Is the BIOS UEFI or the older type?


    I'm not entirely sure, but this is the refurbished version from 2005, so most likely the older version. (Just to clarify, you are talking about the Mini Tower, correct?) What would be the problem with older motherboards? If it helps, it does have a slot for GPU-bound RAM. (VRAM?) All of that said, thank you!
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    Some of the new Nvidia cards can have trouble working with motherboards that have the older legacy bios instead of the UEFI bios. I would contact whoever makes the card(EVGA, MSI, etc) and ask them if that particular model works with a legacy bios.

    As long as that computer is the mini tower form factor, not desktop/small form factor/ultra small form factor, you can use a full height card and the power supply should be strong enough.
  4. There were 2 MB in those. One accepts 4 core CPU up to 95W, and the other 65W dual cores. If the GPU bracket is 2 slots wide you can cut it in 1/2 . make sure air can turn left to get out the back vent, some cards need the plastic cover trimmed, and run an expansion slot exhaust fan to get GPU temps down. D9729 is a bolt in heatpipe cooler. You will need an aftermarket PSU, or Dell 375W from T3400 to get 6 pin GPU connector. GTX750 saves PSU cost. But yes get your UEFI ducks in a row first. If your stuck with 2 core E7500 can be pinmodded to 333fsb for a nice boost.
  5. I was just looking at the 2 core 760 motherboard the other day and there was an Optiplex 780 board next to it. They appeared to have identical front I/O and rear I/O pinout/layouts. The 780 board supports up to Q9650 or equal Xeon, and 16GB DDR3. 0C27VV is the part#. The cheaper DDR3 memory will probably save enough to pay for the MB.
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