when i switched over to macs, 5 or 6 years ago, i stopped paying attention to the relentless march of pc hardware, especially video cards. however, i am still the person people talk to when they want to buy new computers. which is fine, i just tell people to go to discountpc.net for their new computer. i got my parent's new computer from them.... and i have bought computers from them for other people, and it has worked out well. $30 bucks for shipping, and for the price of the operating system, you get a relatively new computer plus the operating system.
so, when my brother, GA666, needed a new computer, cheaply, to replace the one that is currently giving him some minor problems, i got him a Dell Optiplex GX620 P4HT 2.8GHz (tower case). upgrade the RAM to 2GB and it's a pretty nice computer for the money. his editing of the TM videos should go much faster on this computer.
however, it has onboard video, and we need to get a video card for this Dell, and neither of us know anything about the current state of video cards. also, if you open up the case and look inside, there is not a lot of room for a video card. it has a PCIe slot for a video card, but i can not tell what type/version of PCIe it is, and my efforts to research this have been totally unsuccessful, and i think it is partially due to the fact that i have no idea what i am looking for... and i don't even know if the current PCIe video cards will even fit in the slot, and given the space constraints inside of the case....
it's like... my bro would need a small, low profile, fanless, PCIe graphics card that is basically a current card, that would fit in that slot, but i have no idea what that slot is and whether or not a current card would even work in that slot. and my attempts to look through the specs and reviews for video cards at different sites, page after page, has numbed my mushy apple brain, so i am hoping that some one can help us with this. lol =][= arghhh.
anyway, thanks for reading.
i work with computers so i might be able to help you guys out
i've worked with similar models like the optiplex you have, they are mostly the same inside,it should be fine running TM and servers if you'd want to know that
now you say that you have a PCIe slot in the computer but you say this later on:
but i have no idea what that slot is and whether or not a current card would even work in that slot.
now if it is indeed a PCIe slot you should be able to add a decent 1st version compatible PCIe card from office depot or some place as long as you read the specifications of that card.
but if your not sure, that slot could be an agp card slot and you'll need to buy the correct agp card such as 8x or 4x e.t.c.
my question is have you read the Manuel of that dell optiplex? if so what does it say for all the technical info?
as the dell Manuel should explain how to open the computer, what slot it is and some photos could give me an idea of how much space you have to add a video card.