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Best graphic card for dell optiplex 745 (desktop form)

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June 2, 2013 6:04:00 PM

I need help finding a graphics card for my computer, I've been stressing out about it and can never find one that seems right. Like stated, I have a dell Optiplex 745 desktop form factor running on windows 7 professional 64-bit with an intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.40GHz, 4 gb of ram, and directX 11 version. The power is at 280W (I know very low) but thinking of connecting another power source that is 400W so i can run better graphic cards (prefer, if possible, to stay in the 280W power range just in case it doesn't work out well). I'm only going to do some mild gaming and have the graphics at low or medium so it doesn't have to be all-out for the graphic card. Need any more info, just ask.
a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2013 3:09:03 PM

If you can afford this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this is the best card which can fit easy into your case. Do not spend more money on power supply upgrade, this card reported working on 165 watt HP, so you will be fine.

Better consider upgrading your processor since Pentium D would hold you back.
If you are ready to spend a bit more you can go up to ntel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz BX80562Q6700 or settle down on Q6600 is most common and cheapest one.

Anything else I can help you with?
June 5, 2013 6:19:01 PM

Kisianik said:
If you can afford this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this is the best card which can fit easy into your case. Do not spend more money on power supply upgrade, this card reported working on 165 watt HP, so you will be fine.

Better consider upgrading your processor since Pentium D would hold you back.
If you are ready to spend a bit more you can go up to ntel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz BX80562Q6700 or settle down on Q6600 is most common and cheapest one.

Anything else I can help you with?


Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate it. I really don't like buying things from other websites other than amazon (cuz i can use gift cards instead of putting a credit card out of paranoia ) so is this pretty much the same card that can fit in my optiplex?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B5V614/ref=ox_sc_a...
or is it this?
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Profile-PCI-Express-Grap...
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2013 9:34:48 PM

No problem, I have myself enough of Amazon credit to get cheapest Dell PC for basically free. Not that I wanted...

Second link is the correct one - Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB DDR5 Micro HDMI/DVI-I/Mini DP Low Profile PCI-Express Graphics Card 11202-10-20G

Would you consider processor upgrade?
Q6600 http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Q6600-2-4Ghz-Fsb1066Mhz-Lga...
If yes, you might have to upgrade CPU cooler as well. Again, your processor is very weak, even by yesterday standards.

If you like this post, please pick it up as solution to make this thread solved, so others can check it and use it as guidance.

Anything else I can help you with?
June 6, 2013 9:32:10 AM

This is all helping. I didn't think my processor was that bad, but what do I know, you're the more experienced tech person. I will upgrade it, but isn't the quad a bit too much for this computer? Would a intel core 2 duo 2.66 Ghz be good enough like this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-2-66GHz-1066MHz-L...
And if i get this, would I have to upgrade the cpu cooler too? Could you recommend one if it does?
Also a cooler if I do decide to get the quad processor. (I know I'm asking a lot so please bear with me. I do appreciate the help.)
a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2013 10:24:03 AM

Q6600 is a Quad fro the past, it is not overkill, but more serious help. Duo from you link is much weaker.

If you decide to go this way, I will check for coolers, I am not looking into huge money upgrade, maybe about 20-35 USD for cooler or so, plus Q6600 price.
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2013 10:45:28 PM

Quad Dell cooler versus Dual core cooler.
For any type of Dual core, or Core 2 Duo, single processor, or basically any processor with low to medium TGP (wattage of processor) Dell is using aluminum cooler.
For Quads Dell is using copper cooler. Pentium D, certain models run hot, so you might already have a copper cooler, so you need to check what you have.

Open your side panel, take flash light and point it to your CPU cooler metal heatsink, if it is all white, it is aluminum, if you see yellow parts - it is copper.
Take a look on picture below, it is for Optiplex GX620, Luminum on the left and Copper on the right compare approximately to yours and tell me what you have

June 8, 2013 4:47:54 PM

Kisianik said:
Q6600 is a Quad fro the past, it is not overkill, but more serious help. Duo from you link is much weaker.

If you decide to go this way, I will check for coolers, I am not looking into huge money upgrade, maybe about 20-35 USD for cooler or so, plus Q6600 price.

I think I have aluminium so I'm going to have to get a copper for the quad aren't I? If i stick with the duo, would it work with what I have. I'll show you pictures of what i have for my pc (including a graphic card i stupidly bought in the past that doesn't fit all the way).


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