What are the Dell XPS400 video card choices??

Hello, first poster here.

I have a question about upgrading my XPS400. Right now I'm running a Pentium D 3ghz, 2gig ram, and a Radeon x600. I really want to scrap that card for a new one.

There are a couple of problems though. The Dell XPS seems to come with very few options on upgrading the card. First...it seems to only have 1 PCI16 slot. Second...it has a 375w PSU...

Now the 1 slot is pretty limiting. The PSU is annoying, but I have heard that it is very underrated and runs some power hungry cards. Basically my question is, what chioces for gaming video cards do I have with this machine as is? Basically, I need some good options for what I can run on this thing.
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  1. X1650XT
    94$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102068

    7600GT
    80$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062

    7300GT
    60$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130026

    X1650PRO GDDR3
    85$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814241052

    Those mid-range to low end cards should do you fine and not emty your wallent each less than 100$ 375W should do for most of those cards 7600GT would be the best buy here but might strech your PSU the X1650XT would be the best because its suppose to be less power hungry
  2. get a thermaltake 250W PCIE external psu and an 8800gts, lol,or pretty much a thermaltake 250w external pcie psu and any graphics card.
  3. You can run any sigle-slot card you want, even a 8800GTX if you wish with the stock psu:

    http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=games_buy&message.id=1916&query.id=45074#M1916
  4. Wow...I didn't think I could run an 8800 on this thing. Is that for real?? It seems really crazy with such a low PSU.

    Also to specify better...I am looking for something in the $100-200 range that can last me for a while until I feel like upgrading to DX10 down the road (im not particularly in a rush to do that yet).

    In this case, would something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102070 be a good buy? Or is there a better suggestion for that range?

    Also thanks for all responses so far. =)
  5. Yes it's for real. I have a E521 with a 305w psu @ 22amps and run a 8600GT o'c. I could run a 8600GTS or even a 7900 series with an additional connection to the psu on mine.
  6. Quote:
    Wow...I didn't think I could run an 8800 on this thing. Is that for real?? It seems really crazy with such a low PSU.

    Also to specify better...I am looking for something in the $100-200 range that can last me for a while until I feel like upgrading to DX10 down the road (im not particularly in a rush to do that yet).

    In this case, would something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102070 be a good buy? Or is there a better suggestion for that range?

    Also thanks for all responses so far. =)

    That card needs 30amps on the 12v rails.To be sure check the label on your psu for the total 12v wattage and then divide by 12 =amps
  7. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102067

    X1950XT for 160$ thats 10$ cheaper than X1950PRO you listed and 2x better.
  8. Quote:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102067

    X1950XT for 160$ thats 10$ cheaper than X1950PRO you listed and 2x better.


    I agree. Hope DreamMaster reads this since he's the one that posted it.
  9. Quote:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102067

    X1950XT for 160$ thats 10$ cheaper than X1950PRO you listed and 2x better.


    Nice. I'm willing to pick this up but I was concerned about them running on the equipment I have. But if you guys say that any card basically works then I'll take your word.

    At this point I might say heck with it and buy an 8800 lol. I honestly thought those would be too much. But for this price on dx9 cards I think I'll be fine switching to dx10 someday down the road.

    I do have a question though...how loud are some of these cards? One of the benefits of the pro (so ive heard) is the quietness. The XT is better but I heard its amazingly loud. Any truth to these?
  10. 8800's require alot of power and considering that you have windows XP a 8800 wont do you any good in DX10 seeing as you dont have DX10. Stick with that X1950XT great card for one hell of a price.
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