Optiplex 755 DT Low Profile Graphics Card (Non-Gaming) under $50?

chimomma

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I know there are a lot of posts about graphics cards for the Dell Optiplex 755, but I did not find anything specific to my situation. I have the desktop model so I know I'll need a low profile card. It has a 280W power supply (per the tech guy at the company that built it). Some of the links to the better graphics card choices in other forum posts are no longer available, which leads me to believe that maybe those posts are outdated (or the product was so popular, the mfg can't keep up with demand).

This will be my first hardware install. Your help is very much appreciated!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this weekend

BUDGET RANGE: USD $50 After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
I want to extend desktop on 2 monitors for use with Remote Desktop via VPN

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
onboard Dell Intel Q35 Express Family Chipset
280W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Dell Optiplex 755 Desktop (refurbished, nothing upgraded)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Fry's storefront, newegg.com, amazon.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: if it works, I am up for anything

OVERCLOCKING: I don't know what this means
CROSSFIRE: or this

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (both monitors are older with VGA connections - they are small, square, maybe 20"?)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just need to a setup that will allow me to work from home on 2 screens; no games. The only things I've installed are a wireless internet card & printer/scanner.
 

chimomma

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Thanks for your response. I have a couple of questions about the card in the amazon link:

1) Is this a low profile card? (That is, I didn't see that as part of the description. Unless there is another term that means the same thing??)
2) The specs show a minimum power supply of 500W. Will it overtax my 280W?

Thanks again!