Question Looking for suggestions on what possible GPUs I can upgrade a workstation to be at least on par with a GTX 670.

Cyber_Akuma

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I have a Dell Optiplex T3610. It has a proprietary PSU, so I am stuck with that PSU, but it can deliver 685 Watts. The issue though is that the PSU only has a single 8-pin connector for GPU power, shown (unplugged) here:

View: https://i.imgur.com/TbxbeFk.jpg


And the system came with a cable that converts that into two 6-pin connections shown here:

View: https://i.imgur.com/6zn45cK.jpg


From what I understand, this means my options for a GPU are limited to ones that either use motherboard power, a single 6 pin, two 6 pins, or a single 8 pin. And that trying to use a 6+8 pin or 8+8 pin GPU can risk overloading the port or even causing a fire.

So that's already my first limit, no GPUS with 6+8 or 8+8 pin power requirements. My second is budget, GPU prices seem to have gone up. November of last year I was easily able to get a GTX 770 for about $50, now though those seem to be $75 minimum. (You would think with the RTX 3000 series prices of GPUS hitting 8-9 years old would go DOWN...), even a GTX 670 is not that cheap right now. So on top of needing a GPU that fits with the power port requirements, I am also trying to find one that is around $50-70.

Can anyone recommend any GPUs that are about on par with a GTX 670 or better for that price range and with power ports my PSU supports?

Currently the system has a Quadro K4000 in it, not a horrible card, but not exactly ideal for gaming either.
 

okjak808

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I don’t think there’s a card that’s at the price range you’re looking for, that’s if you want a gt 1030 which is only good for light games. A GTX 1050 would do you good for now since you’re asking for a card that’s on par with the 670 or better. Although the 1050 is about 10 percent faster i think, but at least for most 1050’s you don’t need a power connector for it since it’s a 75 watt card so only getting it’s power source from the motherboard PCIE (that’s if your motherboard PCIE slot can draw out that much wattage.)

yes 2 years ago it was so easy to find cards like a 770 for 70 dollars online or eBay, I remember buying a 770 for 80 bucks (just plus shipping). Now days it’s about a little over a hundred, same goes for the 900 series card, a 980 would cost 140 bucks then but now it’s rising up this is maybe because many people now days are online shopping because if the coronavirus.

If you want a better card I suggest a 1650, or a 1060 but you need to spend a little more for that.

a 1050 on eBay lowest price right now can be at 80 dollars at least, I remember buying an OEM dell 1050 last year for 70 bucks, but now the prices for it is also rising.
 

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