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Video card for Dell Optiplex 960 small form factor with 32 bit Win 7 pro

In the system set-up accessible at boot (not BIOS) there are two choices for video. One is auto, selected at the moment, and I'm currently using the on-board intel gma 4500 graphics with no card installed. The other choice indicates if a card is installed, then it disables the on-board video controller. What setting is better if a install a card? Also, is there any advantage to using the AUTO setting after installing a card? Have power supply limitations and would get a 256 or 512 MB video card. Also, guessing that a card may not improve anything. I don't need to run two monitors at the same time and don't watch movies or play games. Just use the computer at home for surfing the web and once and a while, a YouTube or news video. Guessing some more memory would be free if I added the card. Using a 32 bit OS and can't add any memory. Have 4GB installed.
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    if you are using this PC for surfing web, watching youtube, then you won't need a new/dedicated Gfx card as builtin one does a fine job, my on board GPU is a GMA 950 which is FAR less superior compared to your GMA X4000 and i can still watch video, and play some games.

    also if you installed a new gfx card in your system then the iGPU will automaticly be turned off. so only one GPU will work on the system, only APU's can run 2 GPU's at once.
  2. what does your optiplex look like? does it look like these? if it does, then you can add up to 8gb of ram to these. but you did say you are on a 32 bit OS, so its not like you can use that much ram anyway.

    http://i.dell.com/das/xa.ashx/global-site-design%20WEB/b7ed501a-67c8-c4e2-2b46-303aaefec241/1/OriginalPng?id=Dell/Product_Images/Dell_Client_Products/Desktops/OptiPlex_Desktops/optiplex_960/hero/desktop-optiplex-960-family-front-hero-504x350.png

    however, if you still want a video card, then may i suggest these.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130608

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131338
  3. Thanks again for your reply. I was looking at that nVidia card on NewEgg before I posted my question. The Radeon card requires a 350W power supply and I've got 235Watts. Both seem to need a low profile bracket, whatever that is. I've only had full size desktops before so this smaller stuff is new to me. One person on NewEgg who installed the Radeon card said that it made things worse for them. Maybe their system set-up setting was wrong or maybe a bad card.

    Both also
    computer_nugget2 said:
    what does your optiplex look like? does it look like these? if it does, then you can add up to 8gb of ram to these. but you did say you are on a 32 bit OS, so its not like you can use that much ram anyway.

    http://i.dell.com/das/xa.ashx/global-site-design%20WEB/b7ed501a-67c8-c4e2-2b46-303aaefec241/1/OriginalPng?id=Dell/Product_Images/Dell_Client_Products/Desktops/OptiPlex_Desktops/optiplex_960/hero/desktop-optiplex-960-family-front-hero-504x350.png

    however, if you still want a video card, then may i suggest these.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130608

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131338
  4. Thanks for your reply. I posted some other response in general, but don't see it here. Still curious about the system setting if I ever did install a card. But based on your reply, I'm not going to get one.
    thasan1 said:
    if you are using this PC for surfing web, watching youtube, then you won't need a new/dedicated Gfx card as builtin one does a fine job, my on board GPU is a GMA 950 which is FAR less superior compared to your GMA X4000 and i can still watch video, and play some games.

    also if you installed a new gfx card in your system then the iGPU will automaticly be turned off. so only one GPU will work on the system, only APU's can run 2 GPU's at once.
  5. jacob4567 said:
    In the system set-up accessible at boot (not BIOS) there are two choices for video. One is auto, selected at the moment, and I'm currently using the on-board intel gma 4500 graphics with no card installed. The other choice indicates if a card is installed, then it disables the on-board video controller. What setting is better if a install a card? Also, is there any advantage to using the AUTO setting after installing a card? Have power supply limitations and would get a 256 or 512 MB video card. Also, guessing that a card may not improve anything. I don't need to run two monitors at the same time and don't watch movies or play games. Just use the computer at home for surfing the web and once and a while, a YouTube or news video. Guessing some more memory would be free if I added the card. Using a 32 bit OS and can't add any memory. Have 4GB installed.


    If you put 7 pro 64 bit on it with an install disk, you can use the activation code for your 32bit o/s at no expense. This will allow your pc to use all 4 gig of ram instead of 3.2 ., and allow upgrades, But you probably cant be arsed with the upheaval and i wouldnt blame you.
  6. chriss000 said:
    jacob4567 said:
    In the system set-up accessible at boot (not BIOS) there are two choices for video. One is auto, selected at the moment, and I'm currently using the on-board intel gma 4500 graphics with no card installed. The other choice indicates if a card is installed, then it disables the on-board video controller. What setting is better if a install a card? Also, is there any advantage to using the AUTO setting after installing a card? Have power supply limitations and would get a 256 or 512 MB video card. Also, guessing that a card may not improve anything. I don't need to run two monitors at the same time and don't watch movies or play games. Just use the computer at home for surfing the web and once and a while, a YouTube or news video. Guessing some more memory would be free if I added the card. Using a 32 bit OS and can't add any memory. Have 4GB installed.


    If you put 7 pro 64 bit on it with an install disk, you can use the activation code for your 32bit o/s at no expense. This will allow your pc to use all 4 gig of ram instead of 3.2 ., and allow upgrades, But you probably cant be arsed with the upheaval and i wouldnt blame you.


    I was thinking of that and maybe I'll do it some day in the future. I bought the computer on ebay, which has a win 7 COA on it, but it came without the Win 7 install disk. But I learned that I can purchase an OS re-install disk from Microsoft for maybe $20.
  7. And actually, I'm starting to find this site confusing with all of the options for replies!!!
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