Dell Optiplex 760 SFF gaming.(Graphics Card)

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  1. tanner314

    tanner314 Master Guru

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    I want to buy a Dell optiplex 760 SFF for a couple of reasons
    -It has 4 DDR2 ram slots(unlike USFF)
    -Small and lighter, it can fit on desks
    -It supports Core 2 Duo/Quad
    -Alot better than my Dimension 2350 which I want to replace
    There is one problem, the right graphics card.

    Here are the Specs:
    2.79ghz processor Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB RAM
    160gb HD

    I am also a little concerned especially about the PSU which is only 235 watts

    I don't want a card that will require more power, preferably not exceeding 75 watts.
    The cards I have researched are these:
    Radeon HD 6670
    Geforce 9800 XT
    will these cards work
    I am trying not to spend over 65USD
    Trying to run games like Crisis or Empire total war
    Thanks
     
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  2. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    Sorry bud, but ive worked with a lot of Optiplexs that were work related. there was one i recall in particular. it was a optiplex 780 had an intel E8400 c2d and a 250watt psu, i put i a 9500gt in that thing for someone who needed to do something that require a discrete gpu and that thing would shutdown when doing something intensive. take the card out and it was fine.

    which means, if you want a discrete gpu, you would need to buy a new power supply. and with 65$ you dont have any options.. just save up for something better. atleast 150$

    assuming you meant 9800 GT, both of those cards require a minimum power supply of 400 watts, not sure about the amperage but all dell psus are weak on that area too.
     
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  3. tanner314

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    Ok I see the PSU would not be high enough meaning I need more power, but I am not at all good with the PSU stuff, I will have to research something. I don't think the video card will require 400W, what about the SAPPHIRE HD 6670 or ATI Radeon Sapphire HD4650 LOW-PROFILE which requires only 220W

    Or even better only drawing 105W max:
    http://www.gpureview.com/GeForce-9800-GT-card-575.html
    Also I didn't mean $65 but not $150 either more like $100

    I might be able to find a Geforce 9800 GT on ebay, but what about a PicoPSU?
     
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  4. styka

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    He didnt meant the card needs 400w. Its the whole system, you would always want to leave some headroom for your psu, i dont think those psu that come with the prebuilt is quality, you can always use them and it runs, but you wont know for how long or even start at all.
     

  5. tanner314

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    The whole system would be 235W with the cards up to 400W haha man!
    I am sure a decent card can be used. I want to stay out of the 4xxx or 5xxx range for Graphics cards. Any options, it most certainly will beat my Mobile Intel 4 for my laptop or My Geforce 6200 128TC/256MB for my Dimension 2350.
    Any suggestions for some moderate cards?
    What about a Radeon HD 2600 XT/PRO
     
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  6. Agent-A01

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    whatever card you get will require a power supply upgrade. the dell power supply is maxed out already. with a card, the 2600XT uses 60 watts, you will probably experience freezes, low performance, and random shutdowns.
     
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    Please look at my new thread. The one I want is an HP7800
     
  8. worley001

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    I have the optiplex 760 USFF any chance of a nice graphics card to run a few older games (Mechwarrior) the unit was free so I am happy to spend some money on it, also some help with a sound card
     
  9. sykozis

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    You'll need a new power supply, but being that it's an SFF case, you'll have a hard time finding a PSU larger than 350watt....if you can find one at all.
     
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    350w would be fine, at the moment I'm using 220w. do you know any suppliers?
     

  11. l0ngst4r

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    Hello there,

    I have the similar idea in mind, a powerful low profile graphics card would just be the thing in these small form factor pcs, the processor is certainly powerful enough for even serious gaming, can have up to 8/16 gigabyte RAM also almost all of them support ssd for system drive..
    Unfortunately (?!) I was lucky enough to find a spec sheet for one of them stating that the pci express 16x slot - in which you can install a graphics card - only gives a maximum of 25 watt power. The normal amount of power is 75/150 watt for these slots, so these pci express slots must have been modified as I think the ~250 watt power supply in these machines won't be powerful enough to power a decent graphics card anyway. Also if a 250 watt power supply operates with about 80% efficiency, that means the available power is 200 watt. The system takes about 85-90 watt at the most (based on the tests you can google up) so in theory you should be able to use a card like the radeon 5770 or even a geforce GTX650 TI, but the slot itself only can supply 25 watt, so the only cards it gives headroom for something like radeon 5450 or nvidia GT610 (even the GT620 draws 50 watt). I think this is the reason why AGENT-A01 experienced instability with even a relatively low power 9500gt, that card draws about 20-something minimum and 40 maximum. Also I'm not sure if you can use a new card in a core 2 era sff machine, not really sure about pci-express 2.1 and 3.0 backward compatibility.

    Alas I'm afraid these ssf pcs simply not for any gaming, which is a big miss from Dell and HP in my opinion.
     
  12. Khaotico

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    I have the same problem, I solved with a HD 6570 pasive low profile. For Starcraft 2 in a 24" is very good. I try to put a GT240 pasive but don´t enter is so big, but therocally is vaild in Watts consumption.
    I´m very happy with the HD6570, the optiplex 760 is a very very low noise and consumption, there I have a DirectX11 with very decent graphics in mid range of course.
    Starcraft with graphical detail mid-high and texture in ultra in 1280x800 works fine, in 40-50 fps. I play in a 16:10 24" panel. I recomend at this time HD6570, is a small lowprofile and powerfull, any noise and low Watts for the optiplex 760.
     

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