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Help choosing the right videocard

By boostedf22
Feb 11, 2009
  1. SO I have a Dell Optiplex GX280. Not to sure on the model number, but its not a full size tower, nor a tiny tower. Kinda in between the two. Stand it or lay it flat.

    I am wanting to get a graphics card for it. I know I will need a slim card, as well as a power supply.(Lost already) I come here for some help. Comp specs as of now are intel 3.0, 2gb ram, 80gb HD, on board graphics chip. I would like to max out what the mother board could support. So a nice card (-$200.00) would be ideal if the option is there.

    http://tomcat.yc.edu/servman/desktops/GX280_UG/sffabout.htm#1051997 --- this is my comp

    Thanks in advance,
    Jay
     
  2. brotheryang17

    brotheryang17 TS Rookie

    are you wanting spend $200 for both video and power supply? also what kind of interface do you have a pcie or apg?
     
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    I recommend this PSU and this card, since I'm not sure a full-length card like the HD 4850 will fit. Check the dimensions on the HD 4850 and see if it can fit. If it can, then this card is what I recommend.
     
  4. boostedf22

    boostedf22 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah 200 for both. I have a PCI-E x16
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  5. boostedf22

    boostedf22 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Whats the difference from the pci-e 2.0 and the pci-e x16 ?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770 --this one is too big. Low profile only. SO the first option is the best choice?
     
  6. boostedf22

    boostedf22 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Heres another one, since I need a power supply that is more rectangle shaped then a square box. I am having a hard time finding the right power supply to fit in the smaller sized case. Is it possible to swap internals to a normal sized tower? If so, would any case work ?
     
  7. brotheryang17

    brotheryang17 TS Rookie

    If thats what you wanted you could swap everything into a regular case but if your not really sure you can do it i would recommend it, a lot of things can go wrong.
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Yep, any mid-tower case will do. The Antec Three Hundred is an excellent mid-tower case that can be had for around $40 or so.
     
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