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.
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
60gb Seagate HD
2 x 512 DDR PC 2700
SB Audigy 2 ZS 5.1
GeForce FX 5900 128mb
Allied 500w PSU
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.
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.