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Help with a Dell Optiplex gx620 midtower

By stackz510
Nov 4, 2009
  1. Hi, I am new here as this will be my first post, i was looking around and didnt find much about the optiplex i have.

    well anyways, its a dell optiplex gx620 with a pentium 4 2.8ghz 64 bit with Hyper Threading technology, and it has 1gb of DDR2 ram

    other than that everything is onboard, sound,video, etc..

    I was wondering what kind of video card I can get for it.... im not sure what kind of slots im assumin they are pci-express but i wouldnt know how to tell you as im not all too computer savvy when it comes to parts.. I do realize that the video would have to be one of those low profile ones, anybody recommend me a good one? I want to use it for pretty much overall use a little bit of gaming( cant wait for diablo 3) and multimedia, any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.

    -Thank you,
    Jesus.
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  3. stackz510

    stackz510 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    At the moment I am not at home, so I couldn't check for you, but im assumin they would be pci slots,
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    well the specs on your machine say it has a PCI Express slot available. so any PCIE card that you choose will work. pcie v 1.0 or v 2.0
     
  5. stackz510

    stackz510 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you very much for that. now my question is, what kind of card would you recommend me? and are most cards available with the low profile or shorter bracket? because as i stated its not as wide as a regular desktop tower.
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    unfortunately, many of those slimline cases from dell are limited to half PCB cards, if that is the case with yours, you could go with something like this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131119
    but do not expect stellar performance from a card like this, or any half PCB cards out there. you can take some measurements and see if you can squeeze a full height PCB in there.
     
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Just to straighten out the terminology (as I know it), what you have is a small form factor (SFF) PC rather than a mid-tower and the graphics cards, as you pointed out, have to be low profile or low profile ready. Low profile ready just means the card also comes with an optional low profile bracket that you install if needed.

    Here are some low profile cards to choose from: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...380048 1069633099 1419530408&name=Low Profile

    Here are some low profile ready cards to choose from: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... 1069633099 1419531894&name=Low Profile Ready
     
  8. stackz510

    stackz510 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    wow, that is awesome, im eye'ing that sapphire radeon 4650 with 512mb, and so far reviews are positive. Thank you very much, Im glad I joined this site.
     
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Don't forget to consider the power requirements of the higher end cards. Make sure your power supply is up to it.
     
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