Optiplex SFF(mini tower) graphics card?

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I just ordered a mini tower, saw no upgrade options for a separate video card, so am guessing that this is a no-go?  But wanted to ask "you", just to be sure.

 

All of the current mini-towers have a 180 watt power supply and pci-e 3.0 x2 expansion slots.  For a higher resolution than HD(1920x1080) monitor, I thought that something other than the integrated intel 630 graphics might be needed?

 

The handbook listed a few Radeon models (R5 and R7s) as options but did not state whether one of these could be added without changing the power supply.

 

So, can any video card be added, that would be an improvement over the integrated 630, to a mini tower without having to change out the power supply?

thanks

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elpro999dell
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Can you specify the Optiplex model? 

 

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Thanks for asking!  My goal is simply to use a higher resolution monitor than HD (I don't game or do anything special graphics) but having gotten used to the higher resolution TVs(UHD etc), would like to have it as good with my PC. 

I ordered the 3050 with the I5-7500 processor.  Memory, expect it doesn't matter, but is 8 G Ram, 256 SSD.

 

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elpro999dell
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There is a few carrds that would fit in the confined space of the machine such as GeForce GT 730 or AMD FirePro W4100. Max resolution on it is 4k and since you said "I don't game or do anything special graphics" Should work fine.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-Dell-NVIDIA-GeForce-GT730-2GB-DVI-HDMI-VGA-Graphics-Video-Card-J27R...

 https://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-AMD-Firepro-W4100-2GB-128-Bit-GDDR5-PCI-Express-3-0-x16-Video-XXH7R/18...

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elpro999dell!

Thanks much for your recommendations! 

Doing a bit of checking myself, see that the HDMI port of the current (2015-2018) mini towers use the earlier version 1.4 versus the latest 2.0, and that you really want a HMDI 2.0 for the 4K monitor? (if you don't use the display port?).     So dead end on using the integrated graphics Intel HD630/i5-7500.  Not sure if it would have been better to have the i7, but water under the bridge. 

Could see that the two suggested cards require  less than 50 watts of power.  I could not see on the Dell website how much power the mini tower with the i5-7500 consumes in the mini tower 3050(sure someone at Dell knows?), so expect I will have to measure "it" myself when it comes.  Meanwhile, will skip buying a new monitor, use an old HD. 

 

 

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GIGABYTE GeForce GT 1030 GV-N1030D5-2GL

https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GeForce-GV-N1030D5-2GL-Computer-Graphics/dp/B071DY2VJR/

http://www.gigabyte.us/Graphics-Card/GV-N1030D5-2GL

 Output HDMI-2.0 (Max Resolution: 4096x2160 @60 Hz)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=A3dXPl5xZ8Q


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Just to close this out, the 3050 arrived. Quite pleased with the box. Estimated it pulls 100 watts as configured, and somehow it shipped with a 240 watt power supply! So could add the card, but it does so well with my older HD monitor, save the upgrade for later. Much thanks for your help!
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