Obtained an optiplex 360 mini tower(The one that can support a full size card) as a gift around xmas, I overclocked my laptop(M51sn-c1) into an early grave after four years and someone decided an old office computer would be a good gift, the upside to my lappy dying is that I've begun to learn all I can about assembling computers and how to get the most for my money, trouble is I don't know enough to really say if this computer can be made to support modern games such as battlefield 3 without simply replacing the whole thing, which right now isn't feasible.
Long story short, killed lappy, obtained optiplex360MT, want to know if it's possible to invest 200-250$ to play modern games at reasonable resolutions(1280x800/1012x768/lower) and non-ridiculous settings.
As it stands it has what I'm assuming is the e7500 clocked at 2.9GHZ
could also be the slightly slower variant, but I know for certain it was just short of 3 GHZ.
The default power supply 255? watts
no video card
Default HDD 80-160GB
From what I've read and learned so far, I'm most likely going to need to replace the power supply, the RAM and especially the video card, kinda want another HDD, but for 200-250$ I can live without.
The cards I've been prospecting under the ATI brand are the 7750/7770,
as well as forum posts claiming the older gen cards 6850/6870 would be better for similar price, I've read quite a bit about nvidia but I can't seem to figure out which would be better, recommended through the net are GTX 560 SE/650 TI, dunno if I missed any that were more or less expensive or better performers.
Even if the card is a little too long, I'm not against trimming the plastic heatsink cover's corner, should be fine, only trouble are the transistors that are right above the slot as well as the fact that the slot is 1.0/1.1 PCIe.
Could not get definitive answers about if that slot was limited in how much wattage it allowed.
Thanks for any help and your time, if it cannot be done I can always just wait until I can attempt to assemble one myself, this one is difficult thanks to the motherboard/cpu/power supply/lack of information.