Best compatible video card for my system?

Hi,

I am thinking about updating my ATI radeon x300 series video card to a better gaming card. I want to stick with ATI brand because i dont want to worry about switching from ATI to Nividia which has caused problems for me in the passed. I am just looking for a great gaming card for my system, and if you could give me some suggestions it would be great. :)

My Computer:

Dell Dimension 9100
Intel Pentium D 2.80 GHz
4 GB RAM
64 bit vista OS
500 watt Antec Earthwatts PSU
ATI radeon x300 series video card
Everything else that i havent said is Stock, so if you'd like to know heres the link for the Dimension 9100: http://compreviews.about.com/od/perfdesk/gr/Dimension9100.htm
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  1. thanks, any other cards that run great and dont crash in my system?
  2. i will not prefer 4830 instead try for HD 4850 or HD 4770 both are better then HD 4830
  3. You don't want to go any higher than a 4850. Don't even consider a 4830, it is far too expensive compared to a 4850 now a days (unless you find a really good deal, price/perforamnce nothing really beats a 4850 these days). As far as prices and some links go...

    Consider these, in order of most powerful to least:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102820

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102838
  4. yea ok thankyou, just want to make sure i get a card that works in my system
  5. The 4850 will work just fine and definitely should be your choice.
  6. yeah that seems good but my case is horrible for air movement and has 1 fan. If the card generates a lot of heat it will shut down my computer. Does the 4850 do that?
  7. I think the HD4850 is too much: Too much heat and too much cash and with a hot processor like the Pentium D in there, I think a HD4850 is just asking for thermal problems.
    Look to the HD4670 or 4650 linked to by Deadalus685 or this if your case is slimline:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102829
  8. cool thanks :D
  9. Sena101 said:
    yeah that seems good but my case is horrible for air movement and has 1 fan. If the card generates a lot of heat it will shut down my computer. Does the 4850 do that?

    Your case should have 2 fans, 1 upper 120mm and 1 lower 92mm both intakes.
    Taking care of the extra heat generated by a video card is actually pretty simple, add an exhaust fan, or two, to the case back.
  10. delluser1 said:
    Your case should have 2 fans, 1 upper 120mm and 1 lower 92mm both intakes.
    Taking care of the extra heat generated by a video card is actually pretty simple, add an exhaust fan, or two, to the case back.

    yea i cant add any internal fans its already cramp enough... the pentium D is hot processor and my last card keep overheating the inside of the computer.
  11. Sena101 said:
    yea i cant add any internal fans its already cramp enough..

    There's plenty of room for fans
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/175571-28-dell-what-power-supply-wattage-system
  12. To be honest a 4670 would be a MASSIVE upgrade from your current gpu. As for heat issues this one will exhaust all the hot air out the back of the case.

    512mb HIS IceQ Radeon HD 4670 Turbo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161252
  13. edeawillrule said:
    To be honest a 4670 would be a MASSIVE upgrade from your current gpu. As for heat issues this one will exhaust all the hot air out the back of the case.

    512mb HIS IceQ Radeon HD 4670 Turbo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161252


    thanks!
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