Help Me Choose: Video card

The graphics solution in your PC transforms video data from your system into the image you see on the monitor. The quality of the images you will see on your OptiPlex systems largely depends on the combination of graphics solution and the monitor you choose. 
Integrated GraphicsIntegrated video cards are built in to the system motherboard and use the system’s processor (CPU) and memory to create graphics. Integrated video cards are fine for applications such as word processing and email, and for the internet, but not great for gaming or other graphic-intensive applications.
Discrete GraphicsDiscrete graphics utilize a graphics processing unit (GPU) that is separate (or discrete) from the system’s processor, as well as a dedicated graphics memory. The discrete graphics processor plugs into the system using the PCIe connector. Because this solution does not burden the CPU and system memory, the overall system performance may be significantly better with separate graphics when you run applications that use complex images.
Dual Discrete Graphics Options Optional dual discrete graphics configurations on select OptiPlex allow two graphics cards to work together to use up to six monitors (MT chassis only) to help expand available desktop space.
The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.
you want ... Choose ... Such as ...
Graphics solution designed for advanced photo and video editing, graphic design and financial modelingA high-end discrete graphics solutionNVIDIA® GTX 745
A graphics solution designed for viewing 3D images, using multiple applications with graphics processing, applications with larger objects to use dedicated memory, video editing, gamingA performance discrete graphics solutionAMD Radeon™ R7 A360, AMD Radeon™ R7 350X, AMD Radeon™ R7 450
A graphics solution designed for improved graphics performance graphics for use with 2D or 3D applications or multipleEntry discrete graphicsAMD Radeon™ R5 340X, AMD Radeon™ R5 430
A graphics solution designed for basic internet, email, word processing and light graphics applicationsIntegrated graphicsIntel® HD 4600, Intel® HD Graphics 610/ 630 / 510/ 530

Monitor Setup

Monitor setup for all graphics cards

The following guide will help you determine the video adapter(s) required to properly support your monitor setup. Please note that additional adapters may be required for multimonitor setup, which can be selected in the adapter section during system customization.

Monitor setup for all graphics

Step 1 — Check your monitor(s):
The first step in determining if you require an additional video adapter(s) is to check your monitors for the type of connections: DisplayPort, DVI or VGA.
DVI has several options: dual link (DL) or single link (SL), all digital (DVI-D) or supports analog (DVI-I)
ConnectorVGADVIDisplayPort or DPHDMI
NameVGADVIDisplayPort or DPHDMI
CommonalityCommon on older
monitors Being phased out on
new monitors
CommonCommon on all new
Not as common on
monitors for
commercial use
Quality GoodBetterBestBest
resolution of the
2048 x 15361920 x 1200 SL
2560 x 1600 DL
4096x2048HDMI 1.4 4096x2048

Step 2 — Check your graphics card(s):
The second step is to determine the type of connectors of your graphics card. The "Compare side by side" tab below would help you determine the standard outputs available.
NameDVIDisplayPort or DP

Step 3 — Determine what video adapter(s) you need:
Using the below table, line up your monitor input with your graphics card output. This will help you decide on the type of video adapter or cable you will require to connect your monitor. Additional adapters can be selected in the adapter section during system customization.
Monitor InputGraphics card outputGraphics card output
VGAVGADVI -> VGA adapterDP -> VGA adapter
DVIDVINo adapter neededDP -> DVI adapter (typically to SL DVI)
DPDPUse monitor DVI connectorNo adapter needed