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Need help selecting a graphics card for my Dell 760 Optiplex

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July 1, 2011 3:13:50 PM

Dell 760 Optiplex
E8400 intel dual core(core 2 duo)
processor speed 3.0
FSB 1333
small form factor
4 gigs of ram
Windows 7
expansion slots: 1 low-profile PCIe x16 and 1 low-profile PCI
power supply 235 watts
my budget(hope to stay $100 or less)

full specs for this PC here-----> http://www.dell.com/downloads/...760_Spec_Sheet_en.pdf

Hello. A few years ago I purchased a Radeon HD 4550 graphics card for an old Dell that I have. It has worked great. Here is the product I bought, FYI
http://www.buy.com/pr/product.aspx?sku=209840906

I would like to purchase something similar(but better) for a Dell system that I just purchased(specs above).

Here are the things that I want
- HDMI output
- DVI output
- ability to play high bit rate files(such as blu ray) in picture perfect quality
- ability to do editing on video files recorded in high definition

The power supply for this Dell 760 is weak(235 watts). And it is a small form factor. So I think that I will need something with a low power draw and also something that can fit inside this thing.

I am not looking to push this thing to the limit. I do not play computer games. I have no need for gaming whatsoever. I would like to get something which is approximately 75% of the maximum that this system could handle.

I went to the local electronics store to look at the Radeon cards. I checked out the 5000 series and 6000 series cards. However, they do not list the required system specs. So I do not know which one would be best for me.

Suggestions?

Thanks,

TC
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July 1, 2011 8:41:03 PM

The specs for any video card can be found at the manufacturer's site, and this would include the watts and amps requirements.

I did verify the SFF power supply is 235 watts (I thought that it would be 305 watts). This limits the video card possibilities. You may get away with a 512 MB card that does not require more than 18 A. Heat dissipation in the SFF may also be an issue. No guarantees.
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