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Decent Video card for Dell Optiplex GX520


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#1 Kirbyofdeath

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 04:22 PM

Hello. It's me and my dell Optiplex again! This time, I'm thinking about getting a new video card that supports OpenGL, but since my optiplex is a small form factor version, I can't fit my spare video card in it. So can anyone suggest a cheap video card suitable for normal pc gaming, and can still fit in my computer?










 



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Posted 10 October 2014 - 05:32 PM

this is a decent one that fits in a slim profile case without a 6 pin power lead from the power supply.

 

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1159&pid=1658&lid=1


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 11:58 AM

Looks good, but $50+ on eBay? Time to fire up that lawnmower!



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Posted 23 October 2014 - 06:02 PM

Actually, I already have a video card (AMD Radeon HD 5450). It would fit, but to insert it, I'd need to turn the card the other direction, and because the port is so close to the case, I can't fit it because of the card fan, etc. Is there such thing as a PCI slot reverser?

 

Update: I've found some pics.

 

Normal Motherboard

 

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My Motherboard

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Notice there being only one PCI slot.


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 11:50 AM

that doesn't look like the x16 slot that cards use.

 

i have seen the slim pofile cases with the card turned up 90 degrees with an adapter, but can't be certain


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Posted 25 October 2014 - 09:53 AM

Here is some pictures I took. NOTE: I realized that my graphics card is NOT a Radeon HD 5450, but an older graphics card I took out to be replaced by the Radeon HD 5450.

 

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I took a picture of the stickers on the back so you maybe could identify it.

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 12:55 AM

i looked that hp number 589477-001 up and it is a 9500 gs.512mb ddr2 and it looks like a full width card, not a slender one for small form factor config. that opens up alot more options.. are the images bearing likeness to what you have already?

 

ok, the gx520 sports a celeron d, and i would propose the gt 730. they are relatively low budget and energy efficient .:::

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#sort=a8&c=175&i=39&r=1024

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 06:40 AM

The difficulty you're going to run into there is that it is a PCI slot, so, very slow and unlikely to provide much games performance.

 

Also, the card you show is an AGP card, which is why the heatsink/fan etc. is facing the wrong way. Compare the image of the card sitting just above the slot - they don't match.


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 11:52 AM

I see now. The card is a PCI-E  card, and the slot is a old PCI.

 

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This picture shows the some PCI slots. The bottom two are legacy PCI Slots. The upper two are PCI-E.

 

So does that mean there will not be any way for me to use a good gaming graphics card without buying a new motherboard?


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 08:09 PM

Sorry, yes, the card is PCIe - I hadn't registered you were saying you had turned the card completely around facing backwards.

 

If the PCIe x16 slot illustrated above is a Ver 2, the legacy PCI slot will have about 1.5% of the bandwidth, so no card fitted to it will give decent gaming performance.

 

Your system is geared towards business applications, and a modern PCI card could add support for more current features like hardware DirectX acceleration, up-to-date drivers for current Windows or DVI/HDMI connection. High performance won't be a benefit you can gain this way though. Maybe a used PCI card on ebay could be worth the experiment if it's not costing much.


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 10:14 PM

Would it be cheaper (or even possible) to replace the motherboard with a better one? Or should I just buy a newer pc? If I had the money, I would rather build my own, but oh well.



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Posted 27 October 2014 - 10:25 PM

Definitely better to just replace the computer. Dell's proprietary way of doing things makes upgrading a challenge not worth the effort IMO, and SFF just makes it harder...


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