XPS 400 Video Card Upgrade

Hey guys, I'm new here. I have a Dell XPS 400 desktop and I was looking into upgrading the video card (Nvidia Geforce 6800) to something like the new 9800 but I read somewhere that it might not work because of the computers age/power supply (375 watts) any other opinions ? thanks alot!!!
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  1. The 9800/9800GT will work fine with the stock PSU (375w), dont worry about it....

    If you decide to get anything higher EX: 9800GTX, then you will need to upgrade the PSU....
  2. your Dell 375w PSU will outperform a lot of 500w no-name PSU. The 9800GT will run on your system with no issues, in fact you can step up to the ATI 4770, 4850 (same price as the 9800GT) or GTS 250 (my personal choice).
  3. thanks alot guys! im not that familar with video cards but i play alot of games that require a really good graphics card and i heard that the 9800 was really good. so the ati 4850 is better then the nvidia 9800gt?
  4. OvrClkr said:
    If you decide to get anything higher EX: 9800GTX, then you will need to upgrade the PSU....


    Way back when, Dell offered the 7900GTX as an option. That power supply peaks at far above 375w.
  5. phil113 said:
    thanks alot guys! im not that familar with video cards but i play alot of games that require a really good graphics card and i heard that the 9800 was really good. so the ati 4850 is better then the nvidia 9800gt?


    correct and often cheaper (depending on your video card market)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125238
  6. thanks alot i really appreciate it and also thanks for the link to newegg
  7. one last thing though, will this be a huge boost from the nvidia 6800 in terms of playing the games on a higher setting?
  8. by the way the card is compatible if im using windows XP right?
  9. phil113 said:
    one last thing though, will this be a huge boost from the nvidia 6800 in terms of playing the games on a higher setting?


    I have a similiar system. I am currently running the Geforce 9800 GT on my XPS 430 with a 375W PSU and have had no issues. The card is wicked for the price. I mainly play WoW and run the resolution at 1600 x 900 with all the visuals at their highest and my FPS are steadily between 35 - 60.

    I also play Crysis (which is beautiful) and a few other 1st Person Shooters and love the graphics!!

    You can't go wrong with the 9800 GT, but as ct1615 mentioned, you could also run the GTX 250, which would give you an increase of nearly 30% from the 9800.

    Good luck with your choice and "Game On"!! :)

    Chris
  10. I have a question pertaining to this ...
    I am also looking... and know nothing about video cards so what does the 2.0 mean in the description -- NVidia GEForce 9800 GT 2.0 x 16?
    Someone in another area mentioned that one might need 2 slots? I only have one the size for the video card.
    My computer shows that I currently have an ATI Radeon X300/X550/X1050 which Vista Ultimate is rating extremely slow!
    Thanks,
  11. SpecialHugs said:
    I have a question pertaining to this ...
    I am also looking... and know nothing about video cards so what does the 2.0 mean in the description -- NVidia GEForce 9800 GT 2.0 x 16?
    Someone in another area mentioned that one might need 2 slots? I only have one the size for the video card.
    My computer shows that I currently have an ATI Radeon X300/X550/X1050 which Vista Ultimate is rating extremely slow!
    Thanks,


    i think what that statement mean is that card is compatible with pci-e version 2 and you need pci-e with x16 lane (version 1.x or 2.0) to fit the card.

    next time you should start your own thread. its better that way :)
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