Lamissvoce
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Inspiron 3470, GPU upgrade?

This little computer has potential. It has a integrated Intel UHD GPU; but I was looking for something with better graphics. There is a slot in back for one. But unfortunately, the available graphic cards don't fit the case. Even Dell tech support has made errors in picking a graphic card for it. How do you fit a 5" card in a 3" case?  I just sent back a card they recommended for it. What were they thinking? Anyway, hopefully they'll make something for it or someone can direct me where I can find one.

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Mary G
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Re: Inspiron 3470 SMALL desktop

The slot would be on the motherboard not on the back. The manual below does not say you can add a discrete card. Open the case to see if you have any way to add a low profile card. There are diff sizes of the 3470 but all the mini-small models cannot be upgraded.

https://topics-cdn.dell.com/pdf/inspiron-3470-desktop_service-manual_en-us.pdf

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RoHe
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Re: Inspiron 3470 SMALL desktop

It has a PCI-e x16 slot on the motherboard which should take a video card. But as Mary G said, you will need a low profile (half-height) or a small form factor graphics card.

Not recommending any specific card or seller, but check these for their dimensions to see what size will fit inside your PC.

Ron

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Re: Inspiron 3470 SMALL desktop

 

Dell only tested/validated the OEM Low Profile CGYV9 Nvidia GeForce GT 710 in the Inspiron 3470 PCIe x16 motherboard slot using the 200w PSU (power supply unit). Was that the video card that Dell Technical Support recommended?

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squidwardd
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Re: Inspiron 3470, GPU upgrade?

Another consideration is the PSU right?

Would it be possible to use GT 1030? It has a low graphic card power of 30W (although it recommends 300W PSU)

https://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt-1030/specifications

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speedstep
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Re: Inspiron 3470, GPU upgrade?

GT1030 is fine as long as its the Retail Oem Version with low profile brackets. Secure boot must be off in order to use a non OEM card.

https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/pny-geforce-gt-1030-graphics-card-gf-gt-1030-2-gb-gddr5-pcie-30-x4-l...

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squidwardd
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Re: Inspiron 3470, GPU upgrade?

thanks for the reply!

 

I have 1 HDMI port from my iGPU (Intel UHD Graphics 630). i'm currently connected to 2 Dell monitors, but one have to be connected via VGA because my pc only has 1 HDMI port.

 

if I were to add in GT 1030 into my dell inspiron 3470, will I have 2 HDMI port? 

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RoHe
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Re: Inspiron 3470, GPU upgrade?


@squidwardd wrote:

thanks for the reply!

 I have 1 HDMI port from my iGPU (Intel UHD Graphics 630). i'm currently connected to 2 Dell monitors, but one have to be connected via VGA because my pc only has 1 HDMI port.

 if I were to add in GT 1030 into my dell inspiron 3470, will I have 2 HDMI port? 


Does the video card you want have 2 HDMI ports? You could use the onboard HDMI port and the HDMI on the add-in video card, if the card only has one HDMI, as long as the 1st monitor is connected to the add-in card.

If the video card supports another port that's available on one your monitors (eg, DisplayPort, DVI) you could use that port and the card's HDMI port.

And alternatively, you could buy a USB3>HDMI dongle for the 2nd monitor. Just make sure the dongle supports the optimum ("native") resolution recommended for the 2nd monitor, and supports your version of Windows.

Ron

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squidwardd
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Re: Inspiron 3470, GPU upgrade?

thanks! 

the video card that I'm intending to get (GT 1030) only has one HDMI port. In other words, my first monitor will be attached to my graphic card via HDMI, while my second monitor will be attached to my mobo?

I was thinking of getting a usb3.0 to hdmi dongle too, but it will look awkward as my cpu only has usb3.0 at the front (though the back has 4 x usb2.0)

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RoHe
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Re: Inspiron 3470, GPU upgrade?

Yes, first monitor to HDMI on new add-in video card. Second monitor to the same onboard HDMI port you're using now.

If monitor #2 supports one of the other ports, eg DisplayPort, on the video card, you could connect both to the add-in card, assuming the card supports multiple monitors.

If you're going to install an add-in video card, I don't know why you'd need a USB>video dongle too. Assuming the video card supports at least 2 monitors (one using the HDMI port, and one using another port on the card) you will still be able to use the onboard HDMI so that gives you at least 3 monitors.

A USB3.1 dongle should be backward compatible with USB2, so you could plug it into one of the rear USB2 ports, but it won't have the same performance as when you use a USB3.1 port on the front. Buying a USB3.1 dongle would probably make it a little more "future-proof" even if you connect it to USB2. Just make sure the USB3.1 dongle is backward compatible with USB2. :Wink:

Ron

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