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Upgrade from Q45/Q43 graphics to PCI Express Low Profile Card
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Default Upgrade from Q45/Q43 graphics to PCI Express Low Profile Card - 11-30-2012, 16:35 | posts: 91 | Location: UK

I have a very low end setup that I want to upgrade.

Dell OptiPlex 760 (Small Form Factor)

Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz
Memory: 4GB DDR2 RAM
Graphics: Intel(R) Q45/Q43 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
OS: Windows 8 x64

I only want to play GTA San Andreas and a bit of CSS.

So I am looking for a cheap PCI Express graphics card but it must be a low profile card due to the SFF case.

I don't mind second-hand. Which card is the next step-up from my integrated graphics?
   
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Default 11-30-2012, 17:54 | posts: 1,600 | Location: Unknown

Any few generations old card would be better than Intel integrated GFX and should be enough for GTA SA and CSS.

That's GeForce 210, GT 220/240/520/610/620/630, Radeon HD 4550/5450/6450 and so on.

In case you want to play some newer games, there are GT 640, HD 6570, HD 6670, HD 7750 and similar cards with low profile variations.
   
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Default 11-30-2012, 19:51 | posts: 91 | Location: UK

I think I'm going to go with a GT610 1GB for about 30-35.

I won't be playing any other games, this system is just a stop-gap until the Haswell laptops are released next year.

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