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Best Video Card for Dell XPS 430

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June 20, 2009 4:10:53 PM

My system:

Dell XPS 430
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.5 GHz
6 GB DDDR3 RAM
750 GB HD
DVD Drive
425W Power Supply
ATI Radeon HD 3650 256 MB

I have a spare Nvidia 8600 GT 512 MB and want to improve gaming capabilities.

1. Should I install the Nvidia 8600 GT 512 MB ?

2. What would be a better option considering the 425W PS ?

Budget: $150 - $250
Monitor: 24" HD 1920 X 1200
a c 177 U Graphics card
June 20, 2009 4:18:28 PM

You'll only see a tiny improvement with the 8600 because it has more memory:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-geforce-graphics,r...

They're both in the same tier, about halfway down.

Silly question: Is this for gaming or improved video playback/image manipulation?
June 20, 2009 4:22:24 PM

Gaming.
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a c 177 U Graphics card
June 20, 2009 4:27:48 PM

In that case you might want to consider something with a bit more poke, the 8600 is far from a capable gaming card.
Please give us: Budget and monitor resoloution.
June 20, 2009 4:33:35 PM

Budget: $150 - $250

Monitor: HD 1920 X 1200
June 20, 2009 4:45:30 PM

Thank you !
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