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Dell E520, looking to upgrade my graphics card

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
February 8, 2008 8:36:58 AM


I currently have A Dell Dimension E520 which has a ATI Radeon X1300 graphics card in and a PSU of just 300W I think. I know the PSU will limit my options of graphic upgrades, but could anyone recommend a better card that would work with my system without changing the PSU?

February 8, 2008 9:00:58 AM

Hmm that's a tough one, what's the amperage on the 12v+ rail?
February 8, 2008 9:07:38 AM

Just had a look.

305 watts with 22 amps on the +12v rails.
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February 8, 2008 9:36:32 AM

That's not too bad at all. You should be able to throw a 2600XT on it which will give you a lot better performance in gaming and will HD video decoding onboard. It also has native HDMI which is a big plus.
February 9, 2008 2:05:45 AM

Get an 3850. I have a E510 and thats want I am going to buy soon.
You will have to use a 4pin to pcie adapter but thats no problem. If you don't have any 4 pins then a 4pin to 2x 4pin y cable will do the trick.
February 9, 2008 2:37:11 AM

Yeah if you can afford the HD 3850 that's the best choice if not, the next best choice would be a 2600XT for around $90 dollars.
November 16, 2009 1:24:52 AM

Since this is an older post, can anyone tell me some of the newer cards that work on this machine? I also have an E520. The Dell rep said I could run a GeFord 9400 GT (PCI-e) with this? (Please bear with me, this is all pretty new for me!)

Thank you.
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November 16, 2009 6:41:50 AM

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