Best Graphics Card for Dell Optiplex 745

I'm trying to figure out what is the best Graphics Card for my CPU, I have the Tower model

I was hoping to be able to play BF 3 and Skyrim on at least Med. Settings
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  1. Can you tell us which version it is?

    http://www.dell.com/us/dfb/p/optiplex-745/pd

    Their are different Tower Models.

    Depending on which one you have(PSU limitations) I'd say the best card you can get is the 6670/5670.I would say you should upgrade the power supply but i'm not sure they make any that will fit those type of towers.
  2. purple stank said:
    Can you tell us which version it is?

    http://www.dell.com/us/dfb/p/optiplex-745/pd

    Their are different Tower Models.

    Depending on which one you have(PSU limitations) I'd say the best card you can get is the 6670/5670.I would say you should upgrade the power supply but i'm not sure they make any that will fit those type of towers.



    I have the biggest one which I believe is the Mini-Tower
  3. The biggest one on that page? You mean the Mid-Tower Desktop? The one that looks like a normal PC?

    EDIT: Oh I see,if you look at the miscellaneous tab it shows pictures of each PC.They call it a Mini-Tower but it's actually a Mid-Tower.

    If thats the PC you have then you have a lot more upgrade paths than the others.What is your budget for the new graphics card?
  4. I'm having a hard time trying to find the specifications of your certain computer.Can you list the full system specs?

    Right-click on My Computer and select Properties.Take a screen shot of that and post it please.
  5. specs are here
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/op745/en/UG_en/mt_spec.htm#wp1133451
    Dell 305w PSU = to about a 380w-400w max aftermarket PSU

    I would stick with the HD 6670/5670 myself
    possibly a HD 5750 though it is pushing it

    the PSU can be replaced with a standard ATX
  6. I was suggesting the 6670 based on the PSU but now that I know what processor it is i'm going to suggest you stay with the 6670.Anything higher than the 6670 will be bottlenecked.

    I'm not sure how high of settings you will be able to play BF3 on but I would think you could get close to medium depending what resoultion your monitor is.
  7. I have a HD 5670 in my Dell Optiplex 745 Slim Desktop
    I also have a OCd E4500 @ 2.93ghz/1066fsb
    http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/341123-intel-bsel-vid-mod-guide.html
    it is possible to overclock some C2Ds in that tower (E4xxx)

    I play
    Crysisi Warhead at 1920x1080 Gamer setting
    Crysis 2 at 1920x1080 DX9 Hardcore setting
    Witcher 2 1920x1080 high setting
    Metro 2033 1920x1080 high DX11
    BioShock 2 at high 1920x1080
    Far Cry 2 at high 1920x1080
    Left 4 Dead 2 high 1920x1080
    all of these at no AA

    I have a Youtube account and have been meaning to post a video of the tower
    playing Crysis 2 at hardcore 1920x1080
    if you are interested I will send you link

    look at more info-member configuration to see my Dell

    the HD 5670 is OCd to 850core/1050mem
  8. You must be in the 30's tho.I can't stand FPS thats below 60.
  9. I havent run a FPS meter but the games look and play good
    no lag or skips
    and gameplay is smooth
    different people have different standards I guess
    I wear glasses so my vision isnt that great so AA doesnt mean much
    to me
    but I dont like games lagging or skipping
    so I do like them higher than 30 FPS generally
    (Warhead is actually ok at lower FPS-game is different than other games)
    so that is how I judge them
    I cant play Crysis Warhead at 1920x1080 enthusiast for example
    because the game will momentarily freeze sometimes
    but at 1920 x 1080 gamer or 1680x1050 enthusiast it is fine

    like I said everybody visions and standards are different :)
  10. Yes they are.
  11. BTW this is link to my YT video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxf0Xz0s0RQ
    that is my 745 with a HD 4650 1gb DDR2 playing Warhead at 1920x1080
    the game looked better than in the video
    I am still working out bugs recording
    I used Taksi for that one
    My new one I am going to to use Windows Media Encoder x64 for screen capture
    plus a different format
    so hopefully look better and have sound

    also this is my daughter Molly Mystic on Youtube
    and she also has another video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZUOWUpe144
    Next American Idol superstar :)
  12. Thank you guys for all the help, any other upgrades I should start to pursue?
  13. I woud suggest saving big time for a whole new PC.Perhaps you could build it yourself this time.A new CPU,Mobo and RAM would do you good,your PC is long overdue for an overhaul anyway and it would get you closer to playing BF3 maxed out and smooth.
  14. purple stank said:
    I woud suggest saving big time for a whole new PC.Perhaps you could build it yourself this time.A new CPU,Mobo and RAM would do you good,your PC is long overdue for an overhaul anyway and it would get you closer to playing BF3 maxed out and smooth.



    Sadly I won't be able to buy a new CPU, anything I could do to this unit so that it isn't choppy and slow?
  15. okay read this again
    http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/341123-intel-bsel-vid-mod-guide.html

    easier than it looks

    the HD 6670 is your best choice
  16. O.C.ing is a good idea but then that would mean you have to buy an aftermarket cooler.
  17. not with that Opitplex 745
    the HSF that Dell used was designed to handle Pentium D and keep it cool
    it works great with the cooler running C2Ds
    it actually has a copper heatsink with dual heatpipes going to an aluminum
    heatsink
    only thing is that the CPU HSF is the only fan intake on case
    so I removed the internal speaker in front of case and replaced with about
    a 60 mm fan intake
    also has 80mm exhaust fan I added

    remember by doing the BSEL pin mod on a Core2Duo
    it gains about 800mhz in clockspeed by having the FSB
    "bootstrapped" to the next higher one 800>1066mhz

    only works on 800mhz FSB Core2Duos on the 745 board
    takes ten minutes to draw the copper trace jumper on CPU pads
    then about an hour to let the conductive ink dry
    really easier than you would think
    jumped my E4500 2.2ghz 800mhz FSB to 2.93ghz 1066mhz
    prime95 tested for two hours and been running 24.7
  18. Case fans in those Micro-Towers are horrible.Barely move any air.
  19. very true
    stock the cooling is only good for offices with good AC LOL
    also without a hot GPU in it

    I actually took a PCI slot fan with a 4 pin molex and removed the blank
    face plate where the floppy drive was
    and then fit the PCI slot cooler in that space with a vented cover plate
    as an intake
    it also sucks the heat off of the VelociRaptor (with IcePak heatsink casing)
    and then exhausts out the rear
    then I have a 80mm I screwed on the back of the case exhausting off of the
    ventilated IO panel
    plus the small ball bearing high CFM intake in the front grill

    you got to remember this was a Pentium D tower with
    2gb ddr2-533,no video card and a crappy 80gb HD

    now it has
    4gb Gskill DDR2-800 CL5
    E4500 @ 2.93ghz
    HD 5670 low profile
    VelociRaptor HD
    Asus Xonar DG sound card
    ATI Theater Pro 550 tv capture card

    not your grandma's Dell LOL

    really it is just a temp tower until I do a custom build
    I am buying parts with moving to a new build in mind
    I just ordered a Asus 24x DVDrw DL drive
    and I have the Raptor and Barracuda
    and the HD 5670,sound card and tv tuner for new build

    probably will be an AMD build since budget is tight
    thinking X 3 Rana 455
    under 100 bucks and will be nice having the extra core

    OP sorry for hijacking :)
    wont do it again
  20. I suggest saving the extra money for a Phenom ii x3 instead.The unlocked multiplier is a great thing.And since you have to upgrade your mobo anyway I suggest finding one that has Core Unlocker with it.An extra $30 in your pocket if you can unlock the 4th core.
  21. purple stank said:
    I suggest saving the extra money for a Phenom ii x3 instead.The unlocked multiplier is a great thing.And since you have to upgrade your mobo anyway I suggest finding one that has Core Unlocker with it.An extra $30 in your pocket if you can unlock the 4th core.



    How about If I were to save up and buy this Rig?

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=745525&csid=ITD&recordsPerPage=10&body=REVIEWS#tabs

    or something under 600$ similar


    EDIT : Also sorry If I have become a hassle, I'm a super CPU noob :(
  22. That reply was actually meant twards king smp.

    Actually you could easily build a PC for $600 and it would be 2 times as better as that one.Complete PC's are always overpriced because their built from a vendor.Always build your own even if you don't know.You always save money and you learn also.
  23. If you absoultey don't want to build your own I would say this is the closest to the next best thing.Although I highly reccomend building your own

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229256
  24. personally in your situation I would go for this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229265
    that is a I3-2100 new Sandybridge build at 400+20 shipping
    without a video card
    the power supply from the reviews isnt so hot
    but you can get a good power supply for $50

    the only thing would be installing the powersupply and video card
    but powersupplies are easier than you think to install
    same with video cards
    or if you have a friend who could do it that would be good

    it is just hard to find a premade tower with a decent video card
    and CPU together
    OEMs use lower end cards in their towers generally

    I will keep looking
    and that leaves you with about $150 for a video card
    (gtx 460 1gb 256bit good choice)
  25. purple stank said:
    If you absoultey don't want to build your own I would say this is the closest to the next best thing.Although I highly reccomend building your own

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229256



    I was looking at the same one LOL
    Decent for the money
    but a HD 6670 is by no means a gaming card
    i have the HD 5670-very similar-it can play new games at medium settings
    but within a year or two that card is going to be left behind
    and the OP will be in the same situation

    going for a cheaper tower because it has no video card and buying one separate would
    be better IMHO

    kinda of like ordering a new car without the car stereo-cheaper to get a better one aftermarket
  26. found this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220058
    6 core amd cpu,hd 5750,8gb ram for about $600

    then there is this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227357
    that is 699 with free shipping
    x 4 640 CPU (solid CPU) with a HD 6790 1gb card (best one offered on prebuilts in NE)
    1.5tb hd and 4gb DDR3
    I know that is a little above budget but the card is decent

    Also consider getting a computer shop to build you a tower with your parts
    alot of shops in US will build a tower for about $100-$125
    you would then have about $500 to buy parts which would get you a better
    system than you would get from a OEM factory
  27. Thanks guys, I'm going to consider getting this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229256&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1dgftx1hqwcg1 and just upgrade the card later down the line. I was looking at this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    Do you think Best Buy would build me a tower? I'm not to sure about those CPU shops you see on the Corner around here...
  28. looking at that tower again
    I have to agree that is a GREAT way to go
    especially using that HD6850
  29. The one I posted has a quad core a 3.4.ghz.The 6670 isn't a bad card at all.Of course it's no gaming card but it's better than most of the lower end cards PC manufactures include with their builds.Also with a quad core it should be able to produce pretty good graphics when paired with the 6670.

    BestBuy isn't a great place to get computer stuff and I think they would overcharge for building a PC.Same goes with any PC maker that you ask to make a custom build.

    Their are plenty of tutorials on youtube for noobs building their own PC.
  30. Don't forget about the Open Box and Recertified PC's.

    I bought my PC a year ago as an Open Box.

    Check these out.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220058

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220055

    The i5 model doesn't come with a video card but I think it's well worth it to spend the extra on it.

    Also don't forget if you build your own PC you can bring parts from your old PC onto it.HDD,CD-Drive,etc.Stuff like that makes it even cheaper.
  31. Nice taste purple
    that first link is one of the ones I posted :)
    and has a HD 5750 which is at that price range the best video card you are going to get

    but I like the tower you first picked
    the cyberpower 965? with HD 6670
    then doing the upgrade to card later

    the combination of the 965 with a HD 6670
    is decent

    the OP was only looking for medium settings
    and that card can do medium settings on any game up to 1920x1080
    resolution

    unless of course you have 20/20 vision and need over 60FPS :)
  32. That Cyberpower PC with the 965 and 6670 also has a 600 watt PSU.Although it's probably a junk PSU i'm sure it can still deliver about 500 watts which would be good enough for any single card you wanted to upgrade too.

    I actually wouldn't mind the 6670 at all.It has a lot of improvements over the last gen 5670.And I think it's the only card thatshad something redone to it on the rebranded 6xxx series.
  33. just to show that the Optiplex 745 C2D 2.93 with a HD 5670 will play
    Crysis 2 1920x1080 DX9 Hardcore setting
    take a look at this video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqoFA9Q5zSc&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
  34. Well I would rather say just find your system model and Google it and also write best graphic card
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