Dell optiplex 745 graphics card

Hello,
I have a pentium d 3.2ghz, 2gb ddr2(maybe upgrading to 4gb) and i have a intel gma 3000 i think and i was wondering howi could play left for dead 2 and other games i looked on canyourunit.com however everything is good accept my graphics card. I am 17 years old currently with no job yet. my budget is about 30-70$ and is there any suggestions i have a dell optiplex 745....its the big one the one that looks liek a normal pc. Thank you:)
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  1. i would get MSI R6570

    you upgrade options are limited by your power supply (around 240 watt)

    if you have already upgraded the psu to at least 400 watt

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670

    here is a review http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6570-radeon-hd-6670-turks,2925.html
  2. swords1921 said:
    Hello,
    I have a pentium d 3.2ghz, 2gb ddr2(maybe upgrading to 4gb) and i have a intel gma 3000 i think and i was wondering howi could play left for dead 2 and other games i looked on canyourunit.com however everything is good accept my graphics card. I am 17 years old currently with no job yet. my budget is about 30-70$ and is there any suggestions i have a dell optiplex 745....its the big one the one that looks liek a normal pc. Thank you:)


    Sound like you have mini tower - is your PC looks like the one on the left?



    You can place full size video card. Your power supply is 305 watt and it is a bit underrated, so it would easily support Sapphire 7750 any of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=sapphire+7750&x=0&y=0

    This card actually requires only 55 watt to run, so don't pay attention to 400 watt requirement - it was reported running nice on Dell 220 watt PSU!

    I understand you have a budget problem, but it worth squeezing out, you would able to play even Far Cry 3 and maybe even Crysis with this.
    A bit cheaper and weaker option is 6670 any of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=50001315&IsNodeId=1&Description=6670&name=ASUS&Order=BESTMATCH

    This is the best options you have with very limited budget.
  3. which one would be the best? like to run left for dead 2 or like counter strike or something good
  4. Sapphire 7750, hands down. I think 2 GB would be a bit better choice, I really don't see much difference.
  5. will the Sapphire 7750 support my pc?
  6. I have an emergency update coming soon, I hope tomorrow, only single slot card can fit, NO DUAL SLOT for Optiplex GX620, 745 and 755, I am collecting proof right now, will post as soon as I can.
  7. UPDATE

    Unfortunately no card that is more than 7.5 inches long or 2 slots wide will PHYSICALLY FIT inside the case - it was found that only single bracket video card can fit due to BTX MOBO, where card internals facing upward towards PC internals, not ATX, where dual card design is blocking another PCI slot by facing downward.

    If you prefer the card with beefier fan, then the length of the card must not exceed 7.5 inches, otherwise only "skinny" single bracket, single slot cards can physically fit.

    Pictures below will prove my point.

    View shows no room for dual bracket



    Single bracket only, or you have to cut dual bracket in half



    Here you can clearly see only single place for the bracket



    Visual explanation



    7.5 inches explained, also shown "obstacles"



    This is the picture of actual "skinny" single slot video card (not sure which model)- perfect, "glove" fit.



    So, I found 2 GDDR5 7750 cards (GDDR5 is better than GDDR3, even if GDD3 offers 2 GB RAM), which confirmed in reviews to fit Optiplex gx620, 745 and 755 cases (the difference between those models are different processors).

    Skinny, flimsier in terms of construction, completely single slot XFX 7750 http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX775AZNP4-FX-775A-ZNP4/dp/B007Z3T5JC

    A bit beefier cooler, not as skinny, more durable in construction PowerColor AX7750 http://www.amazon.com/PowerColor-AX7750-1GBD5-DH-Video-Graphics/dp/B00775OC28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362783129&sr=8-1&keywords=AX7750+1GBD5-DH

    I cannot say which one of those 2 is better, both are good and got less bad reviews related to structural build.
    I saw recent recommendation regarding drivers "Changing to the just-released AMD catalyst 13.2 BETA driver improved performance noticeably in just about every game" posted 03/05/2013.

    If you had previously NVIDIA card or NVIDIA chip - drivers have to be completely uninstalled prior to installing ATI card.

    This is it.
  8. swords1921 said:
    Hello,
    I have a pentium d 3.2ghz, 2gb ddr2(maybe upgrading to 4gb) and i have a intel gma 3000 i think and i was wondering howi could play left for dead 2 and other games i looked on canyourunit.com however everything is good accept my graphics card. I am 17 years old currently with no job yet. my budget is about 30-70$ and is there any suggestions i have a dell optiplex 745....its the big one the one that looks liek a normal pc. Thank you:)


    I have a dell optiplex 745 with and hd radeon 3000 series video card not sure which exact one it is but I can play black ops 2 on medium. The only thing about the optiplex 745 is the case all I did was cut off a piece of the plastic and the video card fits fine I also just bought a 500w thermal take. The power supply dosent fit in the case but who cares it powers the motherboard. If the card you want does not fit you could always buy a new shell and put your optiplex components in their. But just buy a video card and throw it in their pretty much all ati radeons are backwards comparable so it may be pci 3.0 but it will fit in pci 1 I've had geforce Titan in my optiplex before and it worked great.
  9. How about using a pcie riser with ribbon cable and positioning the card else where?

    Ian
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