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dsj7419
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Trying to upgrade video card for an Optiplex 7010

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Hi all,

I've searched the forums, and have found some answers, but most are about a year old. I have an Optiplex 7010 with the following setup:

I realize to upgrade my graphics card, I will need to upgrade my powersupply, and i'm fine with that. What i'm really struggling with is what the motherboard specs on this computer are. I'd love to know what my PCI-E bandwiths are on it (IE 1 PCI-E X16 1 PCI-E X4?)  

Also, i'd like to get the best graphics card I can get for what will fit (for adobe work). I measured the space, and wow its not much.. most graphics cards are over 10" long, and the space it seems to me is only a bout 7.5" before I run into the housing for the hard drives. I supposed I could cut out the housing and make space, but love to hear what others are using.

Also, I noticed there are only two PCI-E ports, but the 2nd one is most likely useless due to how close its pushed down to the bottom of the case so i'm stuck with a 1 GPU option.

Keeping all that in mind, and without cutting into the hard drive cages, let me know if this would work:

GPU: MSI N760 ITX gfx card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127772

PowerSupply: EVGA 600w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438014

Don't get me wrong, i'd like a GPU more powerful than that (i'm pushing 2 1920X1080 monitors), but I just do not see how I can get anything else larger in there...

The power supply ok? It work for that?

Thanks for all the help and advice you have!

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dsj7419
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RE: Trying to upgrade video card for an Optiplex 7010

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Also, I have the 7010 MT (the "larger" of the group)

Thanks!

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Kelbear1
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RE: Trying to upgrade video card for an Optiplex 7010

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The power supply looks good.  It is only 5.9" long which is what you want for your custom snap in mount that you have on this system.  The MSI card is very short so it looks like a good fit too.  Your system has a PCIe X16 2.0 slot for the video card.  The lower PCI X16 slot is wired to X4 speeds.  With only a 250 watt power supply, this system is just meant for smaller video cards if running two.  The GTX 760 is a powerful video card.  I see no need to put a higher-end video card that costs $500 or more in a Dell system.  For this, do a custom build with a nice gaming case for much better air flow and cooling.  

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dsj7419
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RE: Trying to upgrade video card for an Optiplex 7010

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Thanks.. that's what I figures. I'm not doing any gaming on it or anything so this should suffice along with another 8 gig of ram from Dell. I mostly just wanted a second opinion. I appreciate it.

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wihjen
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RE: Trying to upgrade video card for an Optiplex 7010

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I just created a account yesterday. I'm new. Were you able to get the gtx 760 to work?

I also have a gtx 760 that i want to use on this PC

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