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My step bro has one of the slim dells and the graphics card he has is pitiful. I was wondering what is the strongest graphics card that I can fit in the case?
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You will have to account for the power supply as well. How much wattage does it produce?
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What games does he play, and what size monitor does he use?

If your going with an entry level discrete gpu a psu may not be needed, however for a more powerful card, it will be needed.
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not sure what slots he has inside the dell but a GTS 450 is a low profile double slot graphics card that performs fairly well but requires a 6pin power connection

otherwide a ati 5670 doesnt require and extra power connecter (as far as im aware)
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Pretty much your down to three options

GTS450 , HD6570, and GT520
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Well considering that its a Dell. I would pl;ay it safe as we are unsure of what the actual spec are right now and get a Palit GTS450 Low Profile. Its a good combo of Processing power, Price, Size, and won't stress your PSU. Hopefully.
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Alright thanks guys. Now that I have my options I will do the research on the PC itself.
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Well considering that its a Dell. I would pl;ay it safe as we are unsure of what the actual spec are right now and get a Palit GTS450 Low Profile. Its a good combo of Processing power, Price, Size, and won't stress your PSU. Hopefully.
I agree, the GTS450 is the best he can get.

However, im afraid that he will most certainly need a psu upgrade to utilize that specific GPU. The power consumption for the GTS450 is around 121 watts by itself. Most prebuilt pc's, come with subpar PSU's that are cheaply made and are barely capable of running the system as its designed. Adding 121 watts to the system load will most certainly be asking for trouble.

Im guessing that he will most likely have a 200-300w psu in his Dell desktop.
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WOW STOP!! dont get the GTS 450.. its rare that dell come with any spare power connections! he would be better off getting something that only uses the power from the PCI slot. (hard to find a power supply as that will be low profile aswell)
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Yeah TFX form factor PSU's barely get above 350w. In fact there's only one TFX12V form factor PSU on newegg right now that is 350w, it would be hard to handle a GPU with that much power draw on a slimline PSU. I have the same problems with upgrading right now, which is why I'm saving to build a whole new rig.

Anyways, my recommendation is what I was considering earlier before I used my money to buy my monitor The Radeon HD 5670 is a cheap upgrade, but its the one card I know will fit in the case, and shouldn't draw to much extra power. Probably a lot better cards out there for slim line cases depending on your budget, but this is still just something to consider.

What's his CPU power/cores? If it wasn't built to long ago, it shouldn't have problems with bottle necking anything but it'd be nice to know.
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