OK. So, it sounds like any recent card can give me the double monitor output. I can choose either PCIe x16 2.0 and 2.1
The card has to be slim/low profile to fit.
PROBLEM: the problem is with the low profile bracket. Most cards have DVI, VGA and HDMI output. But that is on a normal bracket. The low profile bracket only allows the HDMI and the DVI. So, here is a dilemma if my monitors only accept DVI and FGA connections.
Is there a way around the problem above? If not, it seems that I need to stick with a card that has a Y DVI or VGA cable. Do all recent cards support this kind of cable?
on my HD 5670
it is low profile
it has HDMI,DVI and VGA
what happens is that it will have a second PCI bracket
that holds the VGA which is on an extended cable
I needed all my PCI slots
so I just unscrewed the VGA from the bracket
and let is stick out from the slot
if you are not using the PCI slot next to the video card then you would just use
the VGA PCI blank in that slot
different card makers use different plugs on their cards so be careful
also be careful with PCIe 2.1 since they dont always work in PCIe 1.0 slots
the ATI HD 5xxx series is usually 2.1
even if the box says 2.0 I believe all of the HD 5xxx are still 2.1
if you dont want to take a chance
then a HD 4xxx would be your best bet since they are 2.0
perfectly fine as long as you are not gaming
The HD 4650 is a good card in that series and cheap
the HD 4670 would give a little more performance
the HD 4350 (edit) is the cheapest
any would be good choices
for the money I would pick the HD 4650 myself (actually I did- I own one and now is in wife's computer)
great little multimedia card
low power draw
Well. I bought an ASUS HD 5450 from Newegg that wrongly listed it as a 2.0 card, though it is a 2.1.
I installed and and the screen blinks. Installing the drivers did not solve my problem. I contacted Dell and they told me I possibly have a DOA card.
I do not have any other PCI exp to test on my system and no other optiplex 755 to test if that is my slot that is damaged.
I upgraded the bios without any success. I knew this would happen because the problem with stripes running through the screen happened as soon as I start the PC. The problem exists also if I access the bios.
The Dell tech guy told me that this card should be compatible with all PCI exp -16x.
There is a deal on this card MSI N520GT-MD1GD3/LP GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card. However I am running XP pro 32 bit.