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Normal Video Card In Half-height Case?


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#1 GreenKnight37

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 02:03 AM

Hey all,

Is it possible to put a regular video card into a slim tower? My folks just got a new Dell Inspiron 531 and its a slim tower design. I opted to purchase the extra RAM/video card upgrades from NewEgg for them, but once everything arrived and got out of the box, it hit me that they went for a smaller form factor.

I've not worked with the half-height video cards before and they seem a bit underpowered. I'd still like to put in a 512Mb card that will definitely boost Vista and leave them with a good system for many years.

Is there some way I can get a normal sized video card into the tower? I've search the net and I'm only seeing two real options: a PCIe riser card or a PCIe extender cable. A 90 degree riser card would get the video card into a verticle spot and help out, but I'd have to open up the computer and see how much extension I'm actually getting and if there is room... The PCIe extender cable seems a better option, as I could put the card into a vertical position and make it fit, but I dont know how the performance would be if using a small extension cable.

Any thoughts or advice in this situation?

I can buy a smaller half-height card if needed, but I can get a larger and better card for an equivalent price. I'd rather shell out an extra $20 bucks or so to get some connector piece and put the better graphics card inside.

Thanks for any help!

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 11:38 AM

I've seen a few of these type Dell's and have to say that there's not much room for expansion within the case - I'd go with the best 1/2 height card you can get for your money.
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