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April 17, 2010 2:03:06 PM

i bought a quad core from dell and they gave me a graphics card that isn't worthy of the system. currently it takes almost 3 seconds to go full screen with my media center. i would like a great bang-for- my-buck graphics card that unleashes more of my system's potential. hopefully, i can find a decent one on ebay. all reccomendations are appreciated! thanks for your time!

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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 2:07:42 PM

we need to know the following

what Dell did you buy
what is your monitor's native resolution,or at least its screen size
do you plan to watch video, play old games, the latest games, etc.,
and your budget
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April 17, 2010 2:52:32 PM

ct1615 said:
we need to know the following

what Dell did you buy
what is your monitor's native resolution,or at least its screen size
do you plan to watch video, play old games, the latest games, etc.,
and your budget



my monitor is a dell E207WFP. it's the 20"er.

the cpu is the i7-920 processor.

i don't do anything special in particular with my computer. i would simply prefer that it didn't cough whenever i go to full screen with my media center. and to bring up my overall computer rating. i want something snappier.

as for my budget, things are pretty tight here. i'm a single man with a single income trying to pay off a huge hospital bill. i had a surgery with no insurance. but i am fine. just poor.
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April 17, 2010 3:08:16 PM

my friend, i am running a 4350 on it. perhaps not the one you offered me to see. is there a difference that you know of? meaning is there a more retarded version of the 4350 installed in my computer? best guess?
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April 17, 2010 3:18:57 PM

128 bit sounds much better than my 64! thanks for your time today, veteran! much appreciated!
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April 17, 2010 4:16:49 PM

Lol are you a Gamer!
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April 17, 2010 4:21:08 PM

no. i just like high-performance!
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April 17, 2010 4:26:17 PM

ok then HD5770 is what you need
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a c 1362 U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 4:28:30 PM

king game said:
ok then HD5770 is what you need

That would call for a PSU upgrade!
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April 17, 2010 4:29:12 PM

thanks, king! i'll get one soon as i'm able!
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April 17, 2010 4:30:24 PM

ok rolli. that's a bit over my head. define psu upgrade please.
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April 17, 2010 4:32:14 PM

nvm. i googled it. my power supply boasts 475 watts.
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a c 1362 U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 4:36:06 PM

The power supply that comes with the DEll is sized to the components it ships with. It is not big enough to support graphics card in the upper midrange to high range for gaming. It will though support cards like HD5570 and HD5670 that are lower end gaming cards with excellent video playback and HD decoding since they are very power efficient.
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April 17, 2010 4:37:16 PM

a certified 500W Huntkey or coolermaster would be perfect with no pc probs!
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a c 1362 U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 4:38:27 PM

Googlybear said:
nvm. i googled it. my power supply boasts 475 watts.

If it is 475watt it will support 5770 which is a great gaming card.
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April 17, 2010 4:49:59 PM

according to these guys the card sucks down 211 watts under heavy load. surely i have enough power, don't i?
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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 4:57:57 PM

That power # is for the whole system , friend :) 

Dell's psu's are of good quality.

Here is a interesting review of a cooler master 400 watt psu. Cooler master uses different makers for its psu's. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/975 The 400 watt tested in that article gets the job done and is sold for 25.00 :)  . My point is Dell gives a decent psu to avoid dealing with warranty costs. Its a good business decision.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 5:34:49 PM

why would you waste money on a 5770 if you don't game? the 5570 linked is more then enough for you and will be an upgrade over your current 4350.
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April 17, 2010 5:47:11 PM

thank you all. i believe i have enough to go on. i appreciate your expertise! i'll most likely go with the 5570. it seems it should just snap in for an easy upgrade. and i think my power supply will be sufficient for the task. if i am wrong with that, let me know. otherwise, good day all!
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a c 1362 U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 5:53:24 PM

You are good to go! The HD5570 is a solid choice based on your use.
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