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May 26, 2012 1:08:48 AM

Hello,


I am wondering if someone could point me in the right direction for a Graphics card upgrade.

I am currently using an Intel GMA X3500 which from my experience and the many reviews I've read is the epitome of worthlessness when it comes to gaming.

My System:

Dell Optiplex 755. Model GX755.

OS: Windows XP Pro. 32bit

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo, E6550 2.33GHz

RAM: 4GB DDR2 6400

Current GPU: Intel GMA X3500


I am not intending on doing any hard core gaming on this computer. However, when it comes to games like Minecraft, Lord of The Rings Online or Battlestar Galatica Online I would enjoy a smooth, non laggy or just functioning experience.

I have a price range of $0-$100. I know this is a pretty tight budget but any suggestions would be great.

Thanks.

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a c 181 U Graphics card
May 26, 2012 5:17:30 AM

You will be able to go as high as a 6670 because it is a low profile card. That is if you have a very narrow case where it is 3.5 in wide? But to stay under a $100.00 you might have to get a GT 430.

All the cards are listed for low profile cards except the first link is to all the GT 430's you would have to find the low profile card your self. The last link is the hierarchy of GPUs. Good luck to you and I hope this helped.

GT 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

GT 440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GT 520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

HD 6670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD 6670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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May 26, 2012 8:31:52 PM

Thank you vary much.

I have the wider case of the two models so I don't need a small form factor. However, is there a way I can tell whether or not the Card will fit into the slot for it, or are the graphics slots universal?

I've never played around with graphics before so I'm more or less without a paddle here. Sorry for my complete N00bness.


Thanks again.
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a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2012 2:22:25 AM

If you have the mini tower model, then you have a 305W power supply.
http://www.dell.com/us/dfb/p/optiplex-755/pd
& allow for a full height graphics card.

In this case an AMD 7750 video card will be your maximum usually at $109.99. It is a bit over your $100 budget but it is a good option because it provides the best possible performance without having to upgrade your PSU.

If the $100 barrier is unbreachable, then the 5670 or 6670 is the next best bet, whichever you find cheaper.
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a c 181 U Graphics card
May 29, 2012 3:45:20 AM

leigh15 said:
Thank you vary much.

I have the wider case of the two models so I don't need a small form factor. However, is there a way I can tell whether or not the Card will fit into the slot for it, or are the graphics slots universal?

I've never played around with graphics before so I'm more or less without a paddle here. Sorry for my complete N00bness.


Thanks again.


As long as you don't have a AGP slot and you do have a PCIe x 16 slot then the 3.0, 2.1, and 2.0 and some 1.0 witll run in each slot of the PCIe x 16. I think you are good to go with the PCIe slot.
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May 29, 2012 3:51:11 AM

Thank you to all who have posted. You have all been extremely helpful and I now know and understand what to do.

Thanks Again,
Leigh15
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a c 181 U Graphics card
May 29, 2012 4:16:00 AM

Good luck to you and I hope everything turns out good. Cheers
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