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Dell Inspiron 620 - graphics card options for upgrade in late 2016

There are some old posts out there that consider the options for GPU upgrades on a Dell Inspiron 620 (Tower not slimline) given it's minimally spec'd PSU.

There seems to be a number of relatively recent NVidia cards marketed as low power, that rely solely on the PCI slot and do not have the extra 6 pin power source. Subject to size/space in the PC, and dual slow (one for venting) and the layout of the Inspiron internally, has anyone any experience successfully working with more recent cards, such as the low power GTX 750, 950 and even 1050.

My instinct says that there must be a problem, but if there is I'd like to understand exactly what. If it is worth a shot, I'd take a gamble as I've other machines that I know could handle one. Finally, if anyone is aware of more recent lower power Radeon graphic cards, I'd be happy to take advice on those.

For completeness, the current spec of the Inspiron is i5-2400, with 8GB memory, standard disk HD and that's about all.

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RE: Dell Inspiron 620 - graphics card options for upgrade in late 2016

If you want to upgrade, get a Radeon 7750 Video card.

Any higher cards cannot be more than 8 inches Long or they will not physically fit.

Please refer to the table below for the maximum specification for Inspiron 620:

Features
Inspiron™ 620
Processors
Intel® Core™i3
Intel® Core™i5
Intel® Celeron
Intel® Dual Core
Chipset
H61 - DX11
Memory
1333 MHz DDR3 non- ECC memory only
(2 x DIMM Slot)
Memory min/max
1GB - 8GB
Video
UMA: Intel® HD Graphics
Discrete: AMD Radeon HD 6450
AMD Radeon HD 6670
NVIDIA Geforce G420
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Ubuntu
These specifications are tested and shipped from the factory.


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RE: Dell Inspiron 620 - graphics card options for upgrade in late 2016

The 950 is a higher power version of the 750 which uses PCI-E 6 pin connector.  Same thing with 1050TI

The GIGABYTE Windforce RX460 that DOES NOT use aux power is fine.  GV-RX460WF2OC-2GD  7.52" x 4.37"

https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Radeon-Windforce-Graphics-GV-RX460WF2OC-2GD/dp/B01K1JV83C



Fits and works in smaller dells.

620S cant use any of these cards.  Only the Tower with 305W power supply.

 



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RE: Dell Inspiron 620 - graphics card options for upgrade in late 2016

What about "Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 OC 2GB" - it's says 191mm which is under 8", PCIe power only and I believe 75w - it quotes PSU 300W? Seems to be too good to be true hence I expecting to be told it's not possible!

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RE: Dell Inspiron 620 - graphics card options for upgrade in late 2016

Just to add - the RX460 looks a serious contender - thanks for that.

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RE: Dell Inspiron 620 - graphics card options for upgrade in late 2016

Rumor on the street is that this isn't working with older Dell's FYI (i.e. Inspiron 620)  and it's a BIOS issue of something

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RE: Dell Inspiron 620 - graphics card options for upgrade in late 2016

Nvidia based cards work fine.  Many Radeon cards require UEFI bios to work.   Short cards aka GTX 1050 TI Mini work fine.

https://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-GeForce-DisplayPort-128-bit-ZT-P10510A-10L/dp/B01MCU1ERO

 



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RE: Dell Inspiron 620 - graphics card options for upgrade in late 2016

In the end I went for an EVGA NVidia Geforce GTX 1050Ti 4GB (04G-P4-6251-KR). It installed trouble free, runs silently and has completely transformed the gaming experience for my children. I got it trouble  free from ebuyer (UK). http://www.ebuyer.com/762056-evga-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1050ti-gaming-4gb-gddr5-graphics-card-04g-p4-62...

It was 20% less at the time, so I'm happy with the deal. I would recommend this card.

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RE: Dell Inspiron 620 - graphics card options for upgrade in late 2016

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your results. There are lots of threads with recommendations, but not so many with actual statistics (like the i5 2500, e.g.)

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