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Upgrade graphics on Dell XPS 420

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February 27, 2010 12:27:39 AM

I have a Dell XPS 420 that is about 2 yrs old. I have a Radeon HD 2600XT video card
and I want to upgrade it to play some of the better games coming out.

I am pretty sure I have a 375W PSU and I think my video card slot is a PCI express x16

I saw this on NewEgg for around $100 :
Recertified: BFG Tech BFGR88640GTSOCE GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Do you think this will work?
Can I use some of the better gaming card even though i dont have PCIe2.0 ?
Can anyone give me a recommendation that doesnt involve me swapping my PSU.

Thanks for any help.

Dell XPS420
ServiceTag GRRK3F1
Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor
Model Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz
Hard Drive
Drive Size Free Space Utilized
C: 283.04 Gb 114.47 Gb 60 %

Video Adapters
Model Memory
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 Mb
Memory
Total 4096 Mb
Available 53 %
Slot Size Speed Type
Slot 1 2048 Mb 800 Mhz undefined
Slot 2 2048 Mb 800 Mhz undefined
Slot 3 Empty
Slot 4 Empty

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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 2:37:45 AM

U know, 8xxx Series gfx cards are old generation gfx cards,So u can get the New

EVGA GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 -- 100$--
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

Palit GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 --100$-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would like to recomend u the 9800gt because it has a 256bit memory,Which will perform better than 128bit card when AA and ASF is turned on,

When coming to GT 240,U will not need to replace ur PSu or dont need a pci-e connector,And consumes less power than 9800gt


Which is ur monitor and wat abt the resolution?

EDIT: ur mobo has a PCI-E 2.0 Interface!
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a c 236 U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 2:42:49 AM

Aneesh@4GHz said:
U know, 8xxx Series gfx cards are old generation gfx cards,So u can get the New

EVGA GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 -- 100$--
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

Palit GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 --100$-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I recomend u the 9800gt because it has a 256bit memory,Which will perform betterthan 128bit card when AA and ASF is turned on,Did ur psu hold this?

When coming to GT 240,U will not need to replace ur PSu or dont need a pci-e connector,And consumes less power than 9800gt


Which is ur monitor and wat abt the resolution?


1) what language are you trying to communicate in?
2) so a 4770 or 5770 will not perform as well as the 9800GT because they are 128bit cards?
3) the GT240 performs at 9600GT levels, if fact the 9600GT beats it some games.

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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 2:55:49 AM

I dont say that hd 4770 or 5770 will not perform as 9800gt as they are 128 bit card,He needs a card which is only 100$(there is a 100$ 4770,cyclone or something....)
and a 5770 requires a good psu too

"the GT240 performs at 9600GT levels, if fact the 9600GT beats it some games"Because the 9600gt has a 256bit memory inferface!Thats wat i say!!!!!


"what language are you trying to communicate in?"

Sorry for mym very bad english,I am from india,Kerala(Gods own country)So....

OK,I agree with u take a look at the hd 4850 or 4770 !
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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 3:01:08 AM

I dont say that hd 4770 or 5770 will not perform as 9800gt as they are 128 bit card,He needs a card which is only 100$(there is a 100$ 4770,cyclone or something....)
and a 5770 requires a good psu too

"the GT240 performs at 9600GT levels, if fact the 9600GT beats it some games"Because the 9600gt has a 256bit memory inferface!Thats wat i say!!!!!


"what language are you trying to communicate in?"

Sorry for mym very bad english,I am from india,Kerala(Gods own country)So....

OK,I agree with u take a look at the hd 4850 or 4770 !
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a c 236 U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 3:17:45 AM

no offense but the spelling is "you" and "your" not "u" and "ur"

otherwise reading the above posts is like getting computer tech advice from my girlfriend in text messages
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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 4:12:51 AM

I would also suggest you a HD4850 or HD4770 at that price point.

Nice upgrade over your current card.
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February 27, 2010 4:29:25 AM

Thanks for your help. I dodged a bullet because i was ready to buy that 8800GTS.
The 4850 looks like a better card for the same money. I just wasnt sure it would work because I dont have that PCIe 2.0 slot and wasn't sure about my PSU.

Thanks again for all your help.
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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 5:10:07 AM

PCIE x16 won't bottleneck the card.
Go for it!! :) 
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September 30, 2010 10:17:44 AM

I'm a total novice and have the same setup as this thread with the Dell 420.

However I'm trying to run Flight sim FSX Acceleration with the graphics turned up to max with a budget of £200. Would the suggested cards do this or would I have to go higher still? Any suggestions welcomed

Chris
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a c 273 U Graphics card
September 30, 2010 10:20:13 AM

I suggest you start your own thread as this one is 7 months old and belonged to someone else and you are hijacking it.
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