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Can I install an nvidia 9600GT on a Dell Dimension 5100c?

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April 2, 2013 4:06:13 PM

Hi guys, my uncle has offered his old pc to me.
The current pc I'm using is weaker in every term besides HDD and GPU.
So If I were to salvage my HDD and GPU, could I install them?
a b Î Nvidia
April 2, 2013 4:11:18 PM

Without knowing anything about the PC (motherboard and power supply) or the graphics card (AGP, PCI, PCI-E)), it's impossible to say.

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April 2, 2013 4:13:02 PM

Wolfshadw said:
Without knowing anything about the PC (motherboard and power supply) or the graphics card (AGP, PCI, PCI-E)), it's impossible to say.

-Wolf sends


Sorry I accidently published the thread without finishing it.
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a b Î Nvidia
April 2, 2013 4:28:11 PM

Actually, thanks to an old friend reminding me, I think NVidia stopped making AGP cards with the 7xxx series cards. That means it's a PCI-E card. Since the Dell 5100C has a PCI-Ex16 slot, the graphics card will physically fit into the slot.

The problem is going to be the 275 watt power supply it has. That may not be enough to power the card and would need to be replaced (if possible). I seem to recall that some older Dell systems used proprietary power supplies/motherboards so you couldn't just drop in a new power supply. Not sure if that is applicable to your system, though.

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April 2, 2013 4:50:38 PM

Wolfshadw said:
Actually, thanks to an old friend reminding me, I think NVidia stopped making AGP cards with the 7xxx series cards. That means it's a PCI-E card. Since the Dell 5100C has a PCI-Ex16 slot, the graphics card will physically fit into the slot.

The problem is going to be the 275 watt power supply it has. That may not be enough to power the card and would need to be replaced (if possible). I seem to recall that some older Dell systems used proprietary power supplies/motherboards so you couldn't just drop in a new power supply. Not sure if that is applicable to your system, though.

-Wolf sends


So to put it bluntly, it probably isn't a good idea?
If so, the motherboard I'm using now is a Geforce 6100SMv1.0, would i be able to use parts from my uncles computer, or am I out of luck?
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a b Î Nvidia
April 2, 2013 5:05:43 PM

I wouldn't say you're out of luck. Just that there's more to it than just plug and play. Google the model number of the motherboard + power supply replacement and see if anyone else has had success replacing the power supply.

Also, it's not going to hurt anything to install the card with it's current power supply just to see if it works.

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April 2, 2013 5:09:45 PM

Wolfshadw said:
I wouldn't say you're out of luck. Just that there's more to it than just plug and play. Google the model number of the motherboard + power supply replacement and see if anyone else has had success replacing the power supply.

Also, it's not going to hurt anything to install the card with it's current power supply just to see if it works.

-Wolf sends


Alright, I might have more questions in the future, but for now thanks!
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