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3.16Ghz Vostro 220s graphic card dilemma

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December 2, 2009 3:58:04 AM

DELL vostro 220s
Intel 2 core E8500 1333Mhz front bus 3.16Ghz
250W
4GB ram
PCIex16 PCI slots r available
can any one give me some good options for video card of abotu 512MB (with DVI-D output ) or more ?
PS - i don t know much about grahic card Power rating read about ugarding PSU but m a little bit confused

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a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2009 7:44:36 AM

^ Why do you need a graphics card for ?
Are you looking for gaming or just a graphics upgrade...
If you want for gaming, then you would also have to upgrade your PSU as 250W PSU might not be able to handle most of the graphics cards out there(Though might suffice for HD 4670/ 9600 Low power version)...but still they will only allow you to play at low settings in the recent games...

But if you just want a graphics update, then get HD 4350 or at the max 4550...
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a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2009 2:53:13 PM

Well I have 2 vostro 200 and 1 vostro 220 The max you can put in there without upping the power supply is a 9600GT. I put a 450 watt in one of the 200's and it has my old 8800gtx in it not sure how long that will last but been running for a year like that. So you don't have to get expensive power supply spend 40 to 60 bucks get a 400 to 550 power supply (Check the amps on 12 volt rail) and then you can just pick what you can afford and just for refrence the 450 power supply is running a e4600 overclocked to 3.2 (Pad mod 800 fsb to 1066 fsb) 4 gigs ddr2 800, 2 160 gig hard drives in raid 0 (bios mod turns on raid Love the vostro 200) and the 8800GTX. make sure you get at least a decent power supply. That will bite you if you try to get the raidmax or some crap like that.

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December 3, 2009 7:41:40 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Why do you need a graphics card for ?
Are you looking for gaming or just a graphics upgrade...
If you want for gaming, then you would also have to upgrade your PSU as 250W PSU might not be able to handle most of the graphics cards out there(Though might suffice for HD 4670/ 9600 Low power version)...but still they will only allow you to play at low settings in the recent games...

But if you just want a graphics update, then get HD 4350 or at the max 4550...





thnx for the advice. U said RADEON HD 4550 max (300W) what about NVIDIA 9600GT (also 300W)
as i said my system hav 250W PSU so what wud be the safest bet in order to not to fry my PC.
i wud use it as a graphics update (got LCD 22" 1920*1080) nd may be some gamin (not those latest high spec games) {like burnout paradise or may GTA} what do u suggest ?
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2009 8:26:55 AM

^ I suggested the 4550 if you just want to upgrade your graphics but not mainly for gaming...
If you plan on gaming, then get the HD 4670/ 9600(Again, get the low powered version, which doesnt require any separate power connectors)...
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December 5, 2009 3:50:39 AM

1 more question again (cant find low powered HD 4670 but found HD 4650 low profile (http://kakaku.com/item/K0000021672/) ) . my PSU is 16A @ 12V and also the max output power is 250W. now with these constrains which one should i go for HD 4650 (on the link) ?
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a b U Graphics card
December 7, 2009 2:41:06 AM

The HD 4670 is a low power one...I was saying about the 9600...as that one comes in 2 flavours - Low Powered and the other with a 6 PIN power connector...

If your PC(PSU) is not that old, then go ahead and buy the HD 4670 as it would be able to run on that PSU...But if your PSU is old, then get the HD 4650...
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December 15, 2009 11:36:08 PM

got HD 4650 1GB . no problem till now. was going to buy 4670 but unable to find it here in japan (Low Profile version). ny way tnx for the advice .
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