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June 23, 2007 3:26:07 PM

im confused on what video card to get, and what will fit my computer. I have a dell with p4 3.0ghz, 512mb ram, 120gb harddrive, a 305W psu, and a FX5200 video card now. I wanted to know what would be the best video card to get for around $100-150. and i would buy a 450 watt psu.

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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2007 3:48:50 PM

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I want to know if i should get a X1950GT, or get a 7600GT ( AGP BUS.)? but i think my psu is only a dell 375W 30amp +12v. im going to make sure in a second. but please help me, i dont know what to do, and i dont know if it will bottleneck, i have a dell, p4 3.0ghz, 512mb ram, 120gb harddrive, 375w psu.


Your 375w, 30a PSU should be fine adding a 7600 series card. My best AGP cards are an x800GTO and a 6600GT. Both run 1440 x 900 on 19" widescreens. The 7600 series should work well on what you have.
June 23, 2007 3:53:27 PM

okay, im thinking i might buy a 450-500 watt psu, and then buy a 7600gt 256mb on newegg for like $119. I just looked in my computer, it has a 305W, so i definetly need to upgrade that. Im really doing this for gaming, because my FX5200 isnt a real good performance card for gaming and fps. I normally play call of duty and call of duty 2, and i get like 70 fps in call of duty 1 on 1024x768 on high settings. On call of duty 2 i get like 30 fps. I wanted to get a card to make it atleast 200-250 on call of duty 1, and atleast 60-80 on call of duty 2
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2007 3:57:31 PM

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okay, im thinking i might buy a 450-500 watt psu, and then buy a 7600gt 256mb on newegg for like $119. I just looked in my computer, it has a 305W, so i definetly need to upgrade that. Im really doing this for gaming, because my FX5200 isnt a real good performance card for gaming and fps. I normally play call of duty and call of duty 2, and i get like 70 fps in call of duty 1 on 1024x768 on high settings. On call of duty 2 i get like 30 fps. I wanted to get a card to make it atleast 200-250 on call of duty 1, and atleast 60-80 on call of duty 2


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okay, im thinking i might buy a 450-500 watt psu, and then buy a 7600gt 256mb on newegg for like $119.


Why don't you buy the card and try it with what you have. The 7600 doesn't use a direct 12v power supply source, it draws power from the MB AGP slot. You better check around, some people have run into problems replacing the PSU's on Dell systems. I've never owned a Dell, so I'm unfamiliar.
a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2007 4:08:16 PM

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how about this 7600GT, its low priced, and has some good reviews..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That is excellent, I might buy one myself! Yeah, that card wouild be a major boost in your gaming experience for sure. And you can probably just install it in your system without changing the PSU. I would say go for it.

BTW. I installed a 7600GT PCIE for a kid months ago. He plays organized gaming competively all the time with it. For him, it was the perfect choice.
a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2007 4:12:24 PM

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how about this 7600GT, its low priced, and has some good reviews..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I noticed that 7600GT has a 4 pin 12v power connector. So, you could run into a PSU problem depending on how much power draw the rest of your system has. You mentioned 512MB RAM and one hard drive? Not excessive power needed for that. I would give it try with what you have.
June 23, 2007 4:14:24 PM

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okay, im thinking i might buy a 450-500 watt psu, and then buy a 7600gt 256mb on newegg for like $119. I just looked in my computer, it has a 305W, so i definetly need to upgrade that. Im really doing this for gaming, because my FX5200 isnt a real good performance card for gaming and fps. I normally play call of duty and call of duty 2, and i get like 70 fps in call of duty 1 on 1024x768 on high settings. On call of duty 2 i get like 30 fps. I wanted to get a card to make it atleast 200-250 on call of duty 1, and atleast 60-80 on call of duty 2


Nooooo. If you're going to buy a new PSU, get the X1950GT. It's the same price as the 7600GT, and it'll kick the living $hit out of it.
June 23, 2007 4:17:21 PM

yeah the 7600GT does kick some ass, my brother has the pcie one and it just screams, sometimes he gets too much fps and looses connection lol. but anyways. Should i risk taking 7600GT and not a new psu, or should i get the psu, and get the X1950GT?
June 23, 2007 4:19:17 PM

If it's not going to break your bank, I'd go for a new PSU and the X1950GT.
June 23, 2007 4:19:41 PM

i think im just going to actually get the 7600GT, so i can save about $100 for my next rig in about 2 years. im going to overhaul it, and get all the bells and whistles later on. but i think i am going to get that 7600GT. it does make a diffrence when u play with a FX5200 128mb card. and u lag alot too when u are in smoke. so ill look forward to that.
June 23, 2007 4:20:30 PM

that and also im in this league for call of duty, called nagl, so i really wanted to get a new card so i can kick it up a notch there.
June 23, 2007 4:22:11 PM

You should take a look at the specs on your 305W PSU to make sure it'll supply the 18amps on the +12V rail you'll need for the 7600GT.
June 23, 2007 4:23:56 PM

im not sure though. people are saying go for the X1950GT, and get the like 450-500W psu, so you dont have to worry about the watts drawn. But this happened on my dads computer when i got a video card for him, he has a 300W psu and i put a card recommended 350W, and it drawn in to much power, and our internet kept loosing connection, so i might actually go for the psu and card.
June 23, 2007 4:26:33 PM

yeah im going to try that out, and see what i can find with the X1950GT, and the psu, can you help me find a psu on newegg?
June 23, 2007 4:28:35 PM

Well, if you open up your case, the specs are listed on the side of your PSU. Take a look at the +12V amperage. If it supplies at least 18amps, your fine for a 7600GT, if not buy a new 450W PSU with 30amps on the +12V rail, and get the X1950GT. It would just suck to buy the 7600GT, only to find out that it doesn't work with your current PSU. Then you're stuck buying a new PSU, and not getting your money's worth out of your GPU.
June 23, 2007 4:36:21 PM

I'd stick with the first one.
June 23, 2007 4:37:56 PM

alright so im most likely going to get the X1950GT, and the FSP 450W psu. so thats pretty good. do u game?
June 23, 2007 4:40:03 PM

Yes, but not too much lately. I've been having over-heating issues. Not a big deal though... I'm just about ready for a new build.
June 23, 2007 5:02:38 PM

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June 24, 2007 8:51:28 PM

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what kind of psu should i get?

What psu do you have now?
Which Dell system do you have?
If you do indeed have a DELL 305w psu the specs on it is 22amps.
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