Upgrade onboard video - PCI only option

Hi all.
I have just been handed a Dell E310. I am trying to get the most I can out of this machine. I have upgraded the Memory to 2Gig. My question is with the video. Would I have any improvements if I upgrade the video with a PCI 256 MB card (I have a spare)?? It currently has onboard graphics - Intel GMA 900 with Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0 and only PCI or PCIe x1 slots. I do not game. I do video and photo editing, and general use.

Thanks,

Jason
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  1. The Graphics card I have available to use as the upgrade is the Diamond Stealth 9250, an ATI card.

    Jason
  2. Not sure how much of an improvement it'd be. The 9250 is nearly a decade old, not only perform horribly, it also only support directx8. It's basically useless.

    Even if you don't play games, consider something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131082
  3. any of the modern low-end radeon cards should do nicely. most of them can also decode HD video if you ever plan on watching HD movies on your computer.
  4. I recently put a PCI GeForce 6200 256 /64 into a Dell 310 who's integrated video had puked out. While it did work they saw no improvement between it and the old integrated video while playing games like World of Warcraft (nearly the same fps at same settings in same areas). At least it worked, but no improvement. For reference check out this hierarchy chart
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Best-Graphics-Card,2011-6.html
  5. I have the same crappy E310 right now, and the best card that you can use is this.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161079

    Surprisngly, the Dell has a pci express....x1 slot
  6. achewygumball said:
    I have the same crappy E310 right now, and the best card that you can use is this.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161079

    Surprisngly, the Dell has a pci express....x1 slot


    That may be a bit more powerful, but it's an earlier generation that runs on specialized processors instead of unified stream processors (tends to run poorer on new applications), support up to dx9 instead of dx10, and most importantly, cost over twice as much.
  7. Putting the card in won't hurt.
    If nothing else, it will free up a small amount of RAM.

    But don't expect to play modern games.
  8. Thanks everyone. I think I'll leave the card out unless I have problems, then I'll buy a better card. I don't play games so I should be ok. I didn't know that card was a decade old.

    Jason
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