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April 8, 2014 3:59:11 PM

I just bought a Dell Inspiron desktop from Costco - i5/4440 processor, 12 gb memory and Intel HD graphics 4400. My old PC (about 5 years old) had an ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics card with 512mb memory. Should/Can I install it in the new computer? Thanks in advance for your help/opinions.

I'm inclined to install the old card because I've been having trouble getting optimal screen resolution from my Samsung 2343BWX LCD monitor. Don't know if that's even a related issue? I know the native resolution is 2048x1152, but when I enter that, the monitor just displays lines.

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April 8, 2014 4:01:11 PM

mnwild said:
I just bought a Dell Inspiron desktop from Costco - i5/4440 processor, 12 gb memory and Intel HD graphics 4400. My old PC (about 5 years old) had an ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics card with 512mb memory. Should/Can I install it in the new computer? Thanks in advance for your help/opinions.


I think you would be better off with the HD4400 Graphics.
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April 8, 2014 4:01:57 PM

mnwild said:
I just bought a Dell Inspiron desktop from Costco - i5/4440 processor, 12 gb memory and Intel HD graphics 4400. My old PC (about 5 years old) had an ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics card with 512mb memory. Should/Can I install it in the new computer? Thanks in advance for your help/opinions.


If you graphics card is compatible with the socket on your current motherboard I would certainly install it. While the GPU is certainly dated a bit, it beats nothing at all!
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April 8, 2014 4:21:43 PM

I have a laptop with an i3 installed with integrated graphics which is less than the HD 4400 and have run Oblivion on it just fine. I believe the HD4400 is a much stronger graphics package than that card. The dedicated memory on that card isn't all that much either.
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April 8, 2014 4:25:55 PM

No I have both and the HD 4400 is light years faster than the 4350.
I don't believe that your monitor issue is related though since that is under the max resolution of 2560x1600. How is the monitor hooked up when you have that issue?

http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=1793&gid2=...
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April 8, 2014 4:27:06 PM

Thank you. I think I have more of a monitor issue than graphics issue. I'll investigate that and leave the graphics alone for now.
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April 8, 2014 4:28:36 PM

I'm not sure what you're asking regarding how it's hooked up. SVGA cable?

I also installed the manufacturer driver versus the generic "non-PNP monitor" driver (or whatever it was...)

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April 8, 2014 4:38:45 PM

mnwild said:
I'm not sure what you're asking regarding how it's hooked up. SVGA cable?



Yes that was what I was asking. VGA is a weird beast. In theory it should support unlimited resolution. In practice however it is severely limited by the DAC bandwidth and connector quality among other things. What I am willing to bet is that Dell used cheaper parts in the VGA connector on your computer which makes the signal drop out on the higher resolutions since it sounds like it works at lower resolutions.

Does your computer have either a DVI or HDMI display port out?

For the Samsung driver I would remove that and make sure your Intel drivers are up to date. The monitor (generic) drivers are not good and generally don't help anything.
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April 8, 2014 4:53:54 PM

Thank you. The computer has HDMI out, but the monitor does not have a HDMI port.

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April 8, 2014 4:56:10 PM

mnwild said:
Thank you. The computer has HDMI out, but the monitor does not have a HDMI port.



DVI is just as good as HDMI, but DVI doesn't carry audio like HDMI. If you have external speakers this isn't a problem anyway.
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April 8, 2014 5:05:36 PM

Thank you all for your help.
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April 8, 2014 5:06:35 PM

mnwild said:
Thank you. The computer has HDMI out, but the monitor does not have a HDMI port.



I would get a HDMI- DVI connector for it and then I would be willing to bet the resolution should work. Like Dustinhunt78 said though you will need external speakers.
Either http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-HDMI-Adapter-Cable-M...
or
http://www.amazon.com/Importer520-Plated-Female-DVI-D-A...

would work just fine.
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April 8, 2014 5:18:17 PM

jshoop said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

just for final clarification on which graphics to choose, intel hd graphics 4000 are above the hd4350


I think the only sure fire way to find out which one is going to work better is to simply try each one and see. Someone above mentioned that the HD4400 is more powerful than your card, but that should be offset at least to some degree by the fact that the card is dedicated specifically to graphics. How much this will help is yet to be determined, thus my suggestion to try both and then decide.
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April 8, 2014 5:31:45 PM

jshoop said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

just for final clarification on which graphics to choose, intel hd graphics 4000 are above the hd4350


The HD 4400 is definitely faster the HD 4000 should also be but not to the same degree. Honestly the AMD 43XX was pretty slow when it came out it was the budget/non-gaming series.
http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=864&gid2=3...
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