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I need opinions on how to upgrade my very low PC


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#1 PleasehelpmeInew

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Posted 25 December 2015 - 09:01 AM

Hello all I have no idea what i'm doing. I can just about make my way around a PC but I was wondering how I could upgrade my PC mainly display

adaptor because everything I've tried going on for kids says outdated.

 

 

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CPU: Intel ® Core ™2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93GHz

Memory: 4096 MB DDR3 SDRAM 1065

Disk: 250GB

Display Adaptor: Intel ® Q45/Q43 Express Chipset (1.70 GB)

MotherBoard: Dell INC 03NVJ6

 

 

No hate as I said I'm new and just want everything to be working on christmas :)

 

Merry Christmas  :santa:



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 10:10 AM

What PSU? That came with Dell machine? Almost anything is better than that integrated graphics and because that machine is very old, I suggest to check used parts. Radeon 5450 comes to mind.



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 10:11 AM

Your Dell OptiPlex 780 SFF (small format factor) has restricted physical space (so low profile graphics cards only) & a very low rated power supply (so low performance graphics cards only) . So you cannot greatly improve on it's integrated graphics, & the CPU is now outdated (I know as all mine are of a similar era) & is fine for web browsing, e-mails, word processing & the like, but not much use for games . I think if you want significantly better graphics performance you're going to need to upgrade the entire PC as not much "upgrading" can be done to a SFF Dell machine.



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 10:19 AM

Ahh thanks people I didn't think I would have any chance and going on it today it wouldn't run anything. Somone suggested upgrading to a GT 630 would that work?


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 10:36 AM

Ahh thanks people I didn't think I would have any chance and going on it today it wouldn't run anything. Somone suggested upgrading to a GT 630 would that work?

 

Maybe, what is that PSU exactly?



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 10:40 AM

A GT630 might work, but from what I read it can use up to 65W of power & supposedly requires a minimum 300W power supply. I believe your machine probably has only a 235W power supply, so even if the GT630 did work for a time it could well kill the power supply quickly. As far as I am aware there are no uprated power supplies for SFF Dell machines.



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 10:45 AM

Radeon 5450 takes about 30 watts so that might fit. It seems 5450 is even still available as new.



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 10:53 AM

- or HD6450 - slightly better performance, but higher price & about the same power requirement (I have one running in an OptiPlex 755 SFF).



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 11:12 AM

Yeah you're right it is 235w would this work 

XFX HD-545X-ZCH2 Graphics Card (ATI Radeon HD 5450 1 GB PCI-E GDDR3 Memory DVI HDMI 1 GPU)

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Posted 25 December 2015 - 11:29 AM

Impossible to guarantee 100% but probably yes. Also check that you have free PCI Express slot available.


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 11:30 AM

I think that card would be OK, except that it does not appear to ship with the low profile end brackets you need for a SFF Dell machine.

 

This card for example has them http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11166-02-20R-5450-DDR3-Graphics/dp/B0036DD4CO/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1451060700&sr=1-2&keywords=HD5450



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 11:37 AM

I would go for that one above but has 400w



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 12:30 PM

The 400 watts is not correct for that card - either for the power consumption of the card itself or for the required PSU power rating. The HD5450 is pretty much the lowest power requirement card you will find anywhere. If an HD540 has too high a power requirement for your PC then you cannot put a graphics card in that PC. If you look at the Amazon listing for the XFX card you originally mentioned you will find that says "450W" which is even more ludicrous.

 

I would happily put the Sapphire card in an OptiPlex 680 SFF - as I say I have an HD6450 in an OptiPlex 755 SFF. It has a slightly higher rated PSU than yours at 275 Watt. The Amazon listing for a Sapphire HD6450 also says "400W".

 

Have a look here for some information about power consumption:-

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_6450_Passive/25.html



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 01:09 PM

I think Im going to go for the card you recommended I think



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 02:24 PM

Wait, does my build have PCIE






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