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"low-profile" graphics cards

Hello,

I am looking upgrade my video card on my dell 4600c series desktop (intel chip set).  one thing thats diffrent about this system from the "norm" is its "low profile" case aka its purdy small.  what im worried about is getting a card that physically does not fit into the machine, i check the dell site and found an article that says the card must be "low profile".  unfortunatly i dont see any indicators on weather a card is "low profile" or not on any of the sites that are selling them (looking at www.tigerdirect.com atm).  is there some way to tell?

thanks

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NavicertsAuthor Commented:
i can also just cut to the chase here...

will it fit?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1240195&Tab=11&NoMapp=0



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CallandorCommented:
Nope, that's a full height card.  Take a look at these: http://www.directron.com/lowprofile.html
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MrBillisMeCommented:
Just for reference................here's a link to card you have...
http://docs.us.dell.com/support/edocs/video/MRMGA5/en/spec.htm

Notice that the actual card is about half the height of the mounting bracket. You need to limit your choices to that type of "low profile" card. There are a lot of them out there that will fall into this category.
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NavicertsAuthor Commented:
trying to find one that compares to the link i posted above, having a hard time so far.
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NavicertsAuthor Commented:
>> Just for reference................here's a link to card you have...
>> http://docs.us.dell.com/support/edocs/video/MRMGA5/en/spec.htm


actually i have the version that came with this...   Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller (Springdale G)
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CallandorCommented:
If you have the money to spend for a 6600GT video card, maybe you should spring for a new case that supports full height cards.
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NavicertsAuthor Commented:
then i wouldnt be able to afford the 6600GT anymore! aside from that the transplant itself im sure would offer new hinders that i cant comprehend right now :(
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CallandorCommented:
You whole problem stems from buying a Dell proprietary system and wanting to upgrade - they never mention how many other things you need to change (motherboard, power supply, case), and now you are a prisoner of Dell.  If you were happy with the standard Dell configuration, you would never have known what you were missing.
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NavicertsAuthor Commented:
i ended up going with this...


- Specifications -

Chipset/Core Speed: ATI Radeon 9600SE/325MHz
Memory/Effective Speed: 128MB DDR/400MHz
BUS: AGP 4X/8X
Ports: VGA Out(15 Pin D-Sub) + TV Out (S-Video) + DVI
Support 3D API: DirectX 9, OpenGL 1.5
Max Resolution@32bit Color: 2048X1536
OEM (See pics for details)

surprised it does not mention that it is a half size in the discription, ill have to return it if it isnt but you can see in the pic it sure looks like one, and i read some reviews it fits, time will tell...

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-102-475&depa=0



thanks for all the help

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CallandorCommented:
It looks like a low profile card to me, too.
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