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Dell Optiplex 960, low profile video card selection help

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October 1, 2011 1:14:18 PM

Hello,
I'd like to add a low profile video card to my desktop size 960 w/E8600 CPU, 8Gb ram, DVD & 320Gb HD. The PS is rated @ 255w. Both PCI & PCIe x16 slots are available. Price isn't an issue. I just don't know what my power consumption limit should be and then what cards are good within that power limit. I don't mind shopping ebay for older models. I've seen suggestions for an HD 4350 based card. Can I do better?
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October 1, 2011 1:23:30 PM

What do you use it for?
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October 1, 2011 3:41:42 PM

mostly business use
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October 1, 2011 3:47:32 PM

The best you can do on low profile card is a 6750. But you are not going to game on it so it will be overkill. May be a 5450, but you still have to change the PSU.
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October 1, 2011 4:29:21 PM

Thanks Pyree,
I'm a real estate broker.
I want to run a second monitor.
I think my most demanding need is editing short home video tours.
I'd rather not change the PSU.

What would be below the 5450 that would not tax my PSU then?
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October 1, 2011 4:52:58 PM

http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

I played around with it and I think the 5450 may actually work without psu change. But of course I don't know exactly how many device you have on your computer so I only put in the really standard component. You should try it.

Second opinion on wether 5450 works with 255w psu?
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October 3, 2011 11:35:56 PM

Thanks for the link, it's very helpful. I'd agree, this card should work with my current PSU.
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October 14, 2011 1:04:52 AM

Best answer selected by robbiesd.
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