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Is this Video Card compatable with my PC?


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#1 muellera

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:18 AM

Hi, I have a Dell Optiplex 780 and I need to upgrade my video card. I'm debating between

1. EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 01G-P3-1556-KR Video Card

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2. MSI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC Video Card

Are either of these cards compatible with my PC?

Also I need this card to hook up dual monitors, both monitors only have VGA connectors, how well do the VGA to DVI adapters work?

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 11:21 AM

You might want to do a Google.
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/optiplex-780/pd?refid=optiplex-780&ST=dell%20optiplex%20780&dgc=ST&cid=57660&lid=1474364&acd=s1PSVP4LK,10255323475,901qz26673
From what I can see there they have options of video cards ect. You will need a lot more power supply. If you Google those video cards and check the specs you will see the amount of power supply min. recommended. I always install more than minimum by at least 100 w. Also check the amps to make sure the power supply has enough. Before throwing money and parts at a computer I always do the Google thing on the specs of the computer and the new things I want.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 11:40 AM

of the different cases ,which size case to you have ! alo what is the exact model number ,should on the back of tower i think
as for the dvi adapters they should work just fine .

just an opinion ,they should be compatible,except for the sli feature maybe . but seem a bit overkill for a cheap Dell business tower

Edited by caperjac, 07 June 2011 - 11:49 AM.

My answers are my opinion only,usually


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Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:05 PM

Things to consider:

Power supply as mentioned above.

Which Optiplex 780 do you have? The full width minitower case? The 1/2 height small form factor case? The mini me case?

The full width case gives you more options as it can use a full width card. The problem you run into on any mini tower, even a full width one, is the depth from the backplane (where the screw attaches the videocard bracket to the case) to the front of the slot, and whatever is in the way (hard drives, brackets, cooling fans, SATA connectors, etc). The length of the videocard is listed: (EVGA Height: 4.38", Length: 8.25" ) Only way to find out is to pop the side of the case off and break out a ruler.

As long as you have enough clearance, the correct power supply (with enough wattage and the required connectors), the correct slot PCIE 16X (which the 2 larger 780s have), you should be good to go. If you have the half height case, you are restricted to 1/2 height cards which severely limits choices.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 04:07 PM

I'm not sure what my power supply is. I have the largest tower version of Optiplex 780s. I need the card for brain imaging (MRI, fMRI, DTI) in a research setting. I found the following:

EVGA 01G-P3-1441-KR GeForce GT 440 1024MB (Fermi) DUAL DVI PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card

I talked to a Dell representative and they said this card would be good for my computer.

What are your thoughts on this card? Thanks!

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:04 PM

That card should be fine for the task your gonna use it for.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 03:05 PM

i'm glad someone started this topic because i need some help too. i've recently acquired an optiplex 780 mini-tower, which is the biggest one where you can fit full width cards. i just purchased a corsair 650w with sli powersupply to replace the one in the dell and it is currently running a quad q9650 cpu. i want to spend about $300 on the graphic card but i don't know what to get or if my computer is able to handle SLI/crossfire and stuff like that. there is this big black cover over the heatsink on the optiplex 780 which i plan on taking off which will probably allow a bigger card. but what i'm curious about is if the computer itself can handle SLI and stuff and what would be a recommended $300 graphic card. i only strictly plan on using the machine for gaming (mw3, bf3, diablo 3) If anybody has any tips/recommendations i highly appreciate it and thanks for reading.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 03:24 PM

I ended up going with the GT 440 1024 MB (<$100) and saved some money . I have it connected to two monitors (both with DVI to VGA converters) both with 1280 x 1024 resolution; it's been working great so far. Granted I'm primarily using it with Microsoft office suite, SPSS, and some standard functional magnetic resonance imaging software so far.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 04:58 PM

i'm glad someone started this topic because i need some help too. i've recently acquired an optiplex 780 mini-tower, which is the biggest one where you can fit full width cards. i just purchased a corsair 650w with sli powersupply to replace the one in the dell and it is currently running a quad q9650 cpu. i want to spend about $300 on the graphic card but i don't know what to get or if my computer is able to handle SLI/crossfire and stuff like that. there is this big black cover over the heatsink on the optiplex 780 which i plan on taking off which will probably allow a bigger card. but what i'm curious about is if the computer itself can handle SLI and stuff and what would be a recommended $300 graphic card. i only strictly plan on using the machine for gaming (mw3, bf3, diablo 3) If anybody has any tips/recommendations i highly appreciate it and thanks for reading.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161381

I wouldn't do SLI/Crossfire in that case because of insufficient airflow and you need a bigger power supply. I run 2 Asus 6950 in Crossfire and it uses a 750W to power it up.

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