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What card can I upgrade to from an 8600GT given my system?

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April 27, 2009 12:40:57 AM

Hi, I have an 8600 GT and would like to upgrade the video card but do not know which one to go with given my sistem components.

I have a DELL XPS 410 intel core 2 cpu 2.40 GHz 4GB RAM with a 32 bit operating system.
a c 1363 U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 12:53:34 AM

If you have the 375 watt psu you could upgrade to gts 250
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a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 4:06:57 AM

What do you plan on using it for and what is your budget?
And if it's gaming what games do you have in mind?
April 27, 2009 5:18:45 AM

+1, the power supply...........how many amps are on the 12V rail/s? And is your CPU a quad or a dual.
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 5:54:09 AM

Also what size/res screen are you running ?
A HD4670 would run well on a 19" screen and the soon to be released HD4470 would be good for upwards of that say 22-24", but you would stary considering a bigger card at 24".
Both of those cards should run ok on your PSU.
Dell PSU's are pretty solid.

Mactronix
April 27, 2009 7:47:22 AM

Yeah Dell PSUs are good, a 4670 is a good choice tho ^ +1, but with a bigger screen comes faster video card.
April 27, 2009 7:54:26 AM

mactronix said:
Also what size/res screen are you running ?
A HD4670 would run well on a 19" screen and the soon to be released HD4470 would be good for upwards of that say 22-24", but you would stary considering a bigger card at 24".
Both of those cards should run ok on your PSU.
Dell PSU's are pretty solid.

Mactronix

Now i do understand the standard and that most users will likely have the standard res when it comes to there " size but there are exceptions and explaining the difference between 1280x1024/1440x900 or 1680x1050/1600x1200 can mean the difference between buying the entirely wrong card...

For example....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 8:38:59 AM

rewindlabs said:
Now i do understand the standard and that most users will likely have the standard res when it comes to there " size but there are exceptions and explaining the difference between 1280x1024/1440x900 or 1680x1050/1600x1200 can mean the difference between buying the entirely wrong card...

For example....

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



Thats why i asked for Size and Res :kaola: 
I only included the cards/ sizes to try and save time and not post three times to get to the same answer.

Mactronix
a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 8:46:34 AM

matching that video card to a screen res is total bs - ever heard of future proofing? current games may "run" on that video card at x res but the next gen will not - get the best card for your budget
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 9:50:15 AM

Different people have different ideas about how to buy Hardware and each to his own.
Ask anyone you like, better yet put up a poll on this forum regarding if future proofing is relevant or not and i would think the vast majority would say that Future proofing itself is B/S.
As i said each to their own but i would much rather try and match a GPU to an OP's Power supply and Screen size/res than tell them to buy a card that will be overkill now because it may still be able to play games OK in a year or two.

Mactronix
April 27, 2009 11:20:56 AM

Yea, 4670 is a good choice. From the 2.4 GHz and the 4GB RAM, I'm guessing its a Quad. Not sure. If its a quad, I don't think there'll be enough power left for anything more.
April 28, 2009 5:12:39 AM

Should be a quad, Dell XPS computers are for "gaming". Even though quads are not utilized that well right now.
April 28, 2009 5:30:38 AM

mactronix said:
Different people have different ideas about how to buy Hardware and each to his own.
Ask anyone you like, better yet put up a poll on this forum regarding if future proofing is relevant or not and i would think the vast majority would say that Future proofing itself is B/S.
As i said each to their own but i would much rather try and match a GPU to an OP's Power supply and Screen size/res than tell them to buy a card that will be overkill now because it may still be able to play games OK in a year or two.

Mactronix


Yeah agreed....albeit i do have a somewhat form of future proofing in place on my setup...i choose my 260 because it does great at 16xx/xxxx and that is what i will mostly play on right now with all settings maxed...now i still have a very very nice 1280x1024 monitor and 1366x768 wide screen tv to switch over to in case im not able to max settings out...but then again who really needs all of those settings maxed?
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