Recently got a Dell Optiplex 740mt to replace our decade old Compaq dinosaur PC. Would like to get a vid card as the wife and I both play games albeit nothing new. She loves Zoo tycoon 2 and I enjoy a few racing games, Lego Batman/Indy Jones/Star wars & GTA VC & SA. Was thinking about EVGA GT 620 1GB model 01G-P3-2625-KR or EVGA GT 610 1GB 01G-P3-2615-KR.
The only other upgrades I plan on is 4gb RAM, 500gb hd & 80mm fan for the rear of the case for some extra cooling. Would prefer the 620 but kind of worried about pushing the PSU.
Here is a compare of the GT620 (which as noted in the review above is a renamed GT520) vs. the HD6670 http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-entry-level-gra...=on&prod=on The GT620/GT520 does not hit workable frame rates in most games. The HD6670 does. The HD7750 is much better than either but getting to get serious money >$100 in low profile.
EDIT: I can't get the link above to stick in the right video cards automatically. Instead you'll need to click the boxes labeled HD6650 (but it says HD6670 in text) and GT520 (which is the same as the 620 as noted above) to get he compare. but you get eh point. IF you want to game then spend a few extra $$ to get a card that will run games for you. The 620/610 won't run anything except flash games.
Thanks for he info . After doing some more research I dropped the 610 & 620 cards off the list. Why does Nvidia even bother selling those paper weights as graphics cards. I've been looking at GT630's & 640's as I'd rather stick with Nvidia but I'll keep that Radeon on the list till I hit the buy button within the next two weeks.
I have the mini tower not the SFF versions so width isn't an issue, height of the card is though but as long as it's not too much taller than the bracket it will fit in the case without cutting the fan shroud.
Unfortunately this purchase will have to wait a bit longer as I had a car issue pop up that I had to dip into the pc upgrade fund for lol. when life gives you a lemon sometimes all you can do is laugh.