Upgrade SFF Dell OptiPlex 7020 Graphics Card

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Hi,

I'm trying to upgrade the graphics card on my son's PC which I only purchased for him last year.

The stumbling block I have is the PC is compact (SFF) so I'm really limited to graphics card that are small enough to fit.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what graphics card or does anyone see any problems with me taking the motherboard etc out of the SFF case and buying a new gaming case, giving me more options on the graphics card.

Current Spec
Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz
Clock Speed : 3.6Ghz
Display Adapters Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600

Thanks in advance.
 
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What's the Power supply on it and what kind of games does he want to play?

It's also a mixed bagged. Depending what kind of games he plays there may be a card without having to transfer everything over to another case, but if he wants to play some more demanding games it may be worth moving to a big sized box. That way you can get a good card, but may also have to get a better power supply.
 
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Thanks for the message, he plays 4nite, Rublux and M1necraft, I bought him Hogwarts Legacy for Christmas but it won't play which is why I'm looking to upgrade his card.

As for the power supply its a Dell Model HU255ES-01 - Max Power Output 255w

Happy to upgrade PSU as well if needed.
 
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COLGeek

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Dells are notoriously proprietary so moving to a stand case may not be feasible. Definitely not without adapting connectors.

Please post a link if the exact version of your Dell. A low profile GPU may be your only choice.
 
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See below info

General Information
Service Tag : 9CNTS62
Express Service Code : 20356655834
Computer Model : OptiPlex 7020
BIOS Vendor : Dell Inc.
BIOS Version : A05
BIOS Date : 5/6/2015
Processor
Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz
Clock Speed : 3.6Ghz
L2 Cache Size : 1024
Memory
Available Memory : 70.84%
Page File Size : 17,313.7MB
Available Page File : 99.61%
Virtual Memory : 17,313.7MB
Available Virtual Memory : 73.21%
DIMM3 : 8,192.0MB
DIMM1 : 2,048.0MB
DIMM4 : 2,048.0MB
DIMM2 : 4,096.0MB
Network controller
Adapter Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
Storage
Drive : E:
Storage : 5
Drive Size :
Total Available Space :
Used Space :
Hardware
Disk Drives ST500LT012-1DG142
Display Adapters Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600
Keyboards, Mice & Pointing Devices USB Input Device
HID-compliant mouse
Monitors Dell P2214H(Analog)
Sound Devices Realtek High Definition Audio
USB Audio Device
USB Controllers Intel(R) USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller - 1.0 (Microsoft)
Intel(R) 8 Series/C220 Series USB EHCI #2 - 8C2D
Intel(R) 8 Series/C220 Series USB EHCI #1 - 8C26
 

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I would also get a better power supply. Being a 3050, 255w might not be powerful enough. Might need a 450w, but not sure what that 3050 needs for power. My old one I had before in my acer. I had a 500w, but I think 450w was recommended at the time I got it.

Hope this all helps @d1ckeyg
 
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The GPU recommended only calls for 300w PSUs. It also doesn't require an external power connection. The current Dell PSU should be good enough.

A more capable unit is better, but not absolutely necessary in this case.
 
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