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Willy Jonasty Mar 10, 2006, 12:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok, my friend has a really nice Dell computer. It is an intel 3.4 ghz, gig of ram...the works. He has an x300 video card and wants to upgrade, spending between 100 and 150 dollars. The power supply he has is a 350 watt Dell power supply, that he does not want to change out.

Could I get some suggestions on a good card for him? PCI-Express x16.

ATI/Nvidia....doesnt matter which one

Thanks,
-Will


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Supreet Virdi Mar 10, 2006, 01:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Need suggestion on Dell vid-card upgrade
Hey Willy :)


Ask him to get Nvidia 7600GT, its a nice card, little expensive (around $200), but its worth it. If he don't want to spend more cash, then I think X1600XT would be great.

User.exe Mar 10, 2006, 01:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Might need to get a a new psu that supports the bigger pci-e cards with the 6pin power connector, unless his already has one?? And get either of the cards Supreet mentioned, 6600GT's are pretty cheap now too (less than $130) but the 7600 is the best bang for the buck on a budget, OR the X1600XT ;)

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Shadow_Ops_Airman1 Mar 10, 2006, 02:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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bigger PSU is a must with any Dell Machine. You also need to get an adapter for it to run on Dell motherboard properly.

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SuPeR Xp Mar 10, 2006, 03:04pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I would recommend the X1800 GTO for $199. That is a killer of a card big time ;) w/ R520 core.

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Adam Kolak Mar 10, 2006, 07:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Need suggestion on Dell vid-card upgrade
Dell uses standard ATX mobos and PSUs. Is his system a Dimension 8400 by any chance?

Also Dell PSUs are under rated, his system probally says 305W PSU on the PSU, if its a 8400, and that shoudl be powerful enough to power todays midrange video cards. I wouldnt worry about PSU, i think it should be fine.

As for card: X800GTO ($149), 6800GS ($169), or 7600GT ($199) if he can stretch for it.

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Willy Jonasty Mar 11, 2006, 01:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok guys, thanks for your help...I am gonna send my friend this link and I will let you know what he gets...

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.:Mindful:. Mar 11, 2006, 02:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Need suggestion on Dell vid-card upgrade
Yes, the 7600GT is a great idea, but it requires a 400 watt PSU. And Dells are notorious for pathetic power-supplies.

He can get a ThermalTake Dual Rail 12v 500 watt PSU for only $80. But he can also get a ThermalTake Dual Rail 12v 420 PSU for $58. He can buy cheaper than that too, but that will mean he will have to constantly be upgrading his PSU as he continues upgrading his parts.

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Miles



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