What Video Card can I use?

Hey Everyone, I just aquired this desktop - Dell Optiplex 760 with these specs:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 64-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.80GHz 35 °C
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 398MHz (6-6-6-18)
Dell Inc. 0G214D (CPU)
VX1935wm-3 @ 1440x900
Acer AL2017 A @ 1400x1050
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM) (XFX Pine Group)
Hard Drives
156GB Seagate ST3160815AS ATA Device (Unknown Interface) 37 °C
Optical Drives
High Definition Audio Device

I currently have a 600 watt PSU that I installed myself and is working wonderfully.

Like the title says I want to upgrade my Video card to something like an ATI radeon 5770 1 gb vram. The problem I see is that the PCI-E slot is the top one not allowing for a two slot holding card (for fan width/ thickness) ALSO the current CPU cooler is GINORMOUS and I think it would get in the way too. What is my easiest fix to this and still get a good card for 150$?

Thank you!
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  1. What is in the other slot that is blocking a double-wide card?
    Also, here's a decent single-slot card:
  2. Can you take some pictures?
    We need more info about that "blockade" thing...
  3. These are the pictures of my case, let me know what you think.

    I know the pictures aren't great (took with phone at work)

    I did also run across this card, and in the comments someone mentioned it works with my model desktop so it might be the way to go:

  4. With that kind of board, your graphic card would be facing up instead down...
    So, maybe you'll have problem with big card, but i'm not sure about this.

    You can get HD5570 (low profile) card or HD5670 (single slot version) just like jryan388 mentioned above...
  5. what do you mean by low profile for the HD5770 (are you referring to the card i linked?)
  6. No, your link is HD5770 (normal version), it takes 2 slot.
    HD5570 is a low profile card, it only take 1 slot instead of 2 like normal cards does.
  7. wa1 said:
    No, your link is HD5770 (normal version), it takes 2 slot.
    HD5570 is a low profile card, it only take 1 slot instead of 2 like normal cards does.

    I'm pretty sure the card I linked is single slot:
    PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card


    if you read the comments for the card someone even says it fits for Dell Optiplex 760
  8. That card is most certainly not single-slot... Look at the pictures... If it was single slot, looking at it from the output side, the cooler would not stick out above the metal pci cover thingy.
  9. well i believe that the card will fit with a large fan, as long as it doesn't physically need two metal PCI-E slots on the back end for video output. referring to my last picture, it looks as though there is plenty of space for it.
  10. XFX just released a SINGLE SLOT ATI 5770 a couple days back. :)


    Good luck finding it for purchase right now. I can't find it. They apparently have TWO models of this card. One with Display Port outputs, and one with DVI output. You probably want the DVI output.

    Model: HD-577X-ZMF3
  11. That is a classic BTX case and board. You can fit a card that has a dual slot cooler but not one that has a dual slot bracket. The bracket is the problem. The cmos battery won't be an issue since the card will sit higher so there wont be any contact if you do purchase a card that has such a cooler.
  12. Oh wait, here's the XFX single slot 5770:

    Tiger Direct - XFX ATI 5770 Single Slot $179
  13. infernox_01 said:

    Google can't find that one online for me. :( Only a couple of overseas websites.
  14. it will probably get here in a few weeks, just go for the xfx 1 then i guess.
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