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Graphic card upgrade for Dell Vostro 230 Slim Tower?

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a b U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 8:39:34 PM

Hi guys,
I'm planning on buying a dell vostro 230 slim tower desktop, mainly for using solidworks, autocad, and matlab because of the huge screen it comes with. I'm wondering if the generic graphic card it comes with will be enough, so I might have to upgrade it later on. How exactly do you pick out video cards? Could you guys give me some recommendations (under $100)?
a c 1410 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 9:13:53 PM

Having a slim tower limits your options to low profile cards. The second limitation is the size of the power supply is only 250 watts. http://www.dell.com/us/en/business/desktops/vostro-230s...
Dell has an option of selecting a GT220 card which is about as much as the PSU can handle. The only other card I could recommend is HD5570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which is low power and profile and a little bit better performance wise.
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