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Upgrade Dell E510 Video Card For Games, Need Recommendations


I play Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield 2, currently. I would like to max out the graphics as much as possible. I would love to be able to smooth out the edges on the graphics and improve texture details. I am trying to hold off on replacing my machine for one more year (it is 4yrs old now).

My current setup:
Dell Dimension E510
Windows XP
Intel Pentium D 2.8ghz
3.25 Gig RAM DDR2
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

I would like to spend less than $100 on the video upgrade. I would be willing to spend up to $200, if it will blow my mind. My concern is that without replacing the machine, it won't be worth forking out even $70 for a new video card. I read that the Radeon HD 4670 is a good candidate. Will there even be a noticeable difference if I upgrade my video card?

Thanks for your expertise.

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    Yes, a 4670 will be a very nice improvement over a 8600GT and also shouldn't add too much stress on your PSU/cooling. What is your PSU, by the way?
  2. That chart is very useful. Thank you.
  3. Yep, it doesn't give #'s, but as long as you move 2~3 levels up, you should see a good improvement
  4. I wold recommend you the 9800gt, it can be found very cheap and will give you a very good improvement over your 8600gt
  5. A 9800GT is an excellent choice as well. However, note that there are two versions: an Eco that doesn't need a PCI-E 6 in power and the standard one that does. What your PSU is/has might help determine which if you want a 9800GT.
  6. It appears to be a 305W PSU.
  7. A 9800GT (normal) is about 80-120W maximum, while a 4670 is only 50-65W. As that Dell is a good PSU, either would probably work, however the 4670 would be much less strain on the PSU and heat.
  8. Best answer selected by TBirdOnline.
  9. FYI. I ended up NVidia GT 240. It works well.
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