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April 30, 2010 11:53:39 AM

hey guys

i just bought for my kid a used 2005 DELL GX280, with a single P4 3.4GHZ, 4G of ram, and a SATA disk, and it has a PCI express slot. Actually, i got an old 2004 DELL PRECISION 650, it got 2 XEON 3.2 GHZ, 4G of ram, 2 SCSI disk and a Saphyre HD3850 (AGP) card. my questions his, if im buying a good pci express GPU card, will the GX280 will be a better machine for my games??? im playing COD4 and COD4 MW2... please help me...

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April 30, 2010 2:34:14 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

The performance in games depends on the CPU, RAM and GPU. The GX280 is not a very good rig today and IMO installing a new PCI-E GPU will be only a wasted of money.
April 30, 2010 2:45:50 PM

so your telling me that my old precision with agp card will remain best even if i put a good pcix on the gx280... i tought it would be good...

anyone else agree with that???
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July 18, 2010 6:21:47 AM

if the game is multi-threaded then the 650 will run it better and most are not multithreaded so the 280 with a good pci-e card will be better. Look for a nvidia 7600 series since they were low power cunsumption cards and your power supply should be able to handle it.
By the way I have a Precision 450 with the 3.2 dual chips with a 360 watt power supply and I run two dvdrw two ide hd's 1 scsi hd 3 extra fans and an audigy platinum ex so dont listen to the power recommendations the dell precision has a underrated power supply it is actually a 30 amp supply.
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July 18, 2010 7:58:18 AM

wouldn't bother spending the money it any card you would get that's stronger the 3850 would be severly crippled by a p4, most games today are multi-threaded usually only for 2 cores some for more but clock for clock even compared to a core 2 series a p4 is utterly terrible, just stick with your system you've got new, untill you get a better baseline cpu, your kinda stuck
April 27, 2011 3:53:09 PM

king smp said:
if the game is multi-threaded then the 650 will run it better and most are not multithreaded so the 280 with a good pci-e card will be better. Look for a nvidia 7600 series since they were low power cunsumption cards and your power supply should be able to handle it.
By the way I have a Precision 450 with the 3.2 dual chips with a 360 watt power supply and I run two dvdrw two ide hd's 1 scsi hd 3 extra fans and an audigy platinum ex so dont listen to the power recommendations the dell precision has a underrated power supply it is actually a 30 amp supply.
I hope you see this



Whats the best CPU I can get in a Precision 450? I would like to go 64 bit, got some Xeons 3.6 they won't even boot, guess I was too ambitious.

Anyone know what the top 64 CPU for the Dell Precision 450 is?
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