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Best low profile PCIe card for under $100

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May 31, 2011 1:50:16 PM

I recently purchased a Dell Optiplex 380 and just need a fairly basic card to run some games on medium-ish settings. I don't have my exact specs at the moment, but my monitor display is 1600x900 and I believe it said it had a slot for LP PCIe 2.0 and x16. I'll update with more specs later if necessary.

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a c 266 U Graphics card
June 1, 2011 1:43:37 AM

Assuming you meant the E5800, the closest I get at it looks like your PC with a HD5670 added would need 214W; that's without any capacitor aging. If you got the 80+ version of the PSU, it's probably good for that, but I wouldn't trust the standard one, at least not for long.
A GT430 shaves 5 watts off that, and a HD5570 uses 10W less. Either of those would be marginally safer.

Edit: As much as I hate this expression, "OMG!" I just priced this thing on Dell's site. If you paid $700+ for this, you got rooked.
June 1, 2011 2:00:19 AM

Ya I was a little worried about the PSU, but I read mixed reviews on how much room I have to give in terms of watts.

And nope, $330 a couple months ago
June 2, 2011 4:02:21 PM

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a c 266 U Graphics card
June 2, 2011 9:47:21 PM

Thanks. What did you decide?
June 3, 2011 3:56:06 PM

Went with the HD5570. I was a little concerned with the size of the 5670 (along with my PSU) and didn't think the performance difference would matter too much for my purposes (although the 5670 actually had a larger rebate yesterday and cost $3 less). I'll update later how it works out, thanks again everyone for the advice.
a c 332 U Graphics card
June 3, 2011 5:40:06 PM

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