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Graphics for an old workstation, Dell Precision 670

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 5, 2009 12:18:25 AM


I would like to upgrade graphics card of an old workstation, dell precision 670. This is a spare computer in my office and I would like to use it for some gaming and CUDA GPGPU programming.

It has;
Dual 3.00 Ghz Xeon processors on 800 Mhz FSB (with hyperthreading)
2GB 400 Mhz DDR SDRAM (might be DDR2, I don't know)
650W power supply (4x free SATA connectors and 2x free molex)
1 PCI express x16 slot (probably not PCIe 2.0)
and adequate space and air cooling in the case

I was thinking of getting either a nvidia GTX260 or GTX285 but I am not sure if these cards work with this PC. I know these cards are far too fast for this computer but this is just temporary. I will buy a new PC after a few months and use this card in it. I just want to know if I have enough power connections and if the PCIe 1.x version is compatible with the newest cards.

Thanks in advance

P.S. I know there is a similar thread but I couldn't find my answer in that thread.
March 5, 2009 2:57:24 AM

ShadowFlash said:
An easy way to go, it can migrate to a newer system, and is only around $80 on-line.

Thank you for your advice but I don't really want to spend much for this computer and I am not sure if I can find that PSU in japan, anyway.

I was hoping to use my current PSU with some converters. BTW it says my motherboard supplies 150W through PCIe, I think that's a lot of power. just how much more power do these graphics cards need?