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Which graphics card to upgrade to?

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September 5, 2010 6:35:57 PM

Hello,

Bought a dell a while back and looking to upgrade the graphics card so I can keep up to speed with new games.

My specs:
Windows Vista
Intel quad-core Q6600 2.4 GHz
ATI Radeon 2600 XT
I got like a 60Hz monitor about 17" i think... flat screen!
4GB of RAM

Hope that's all you need. What would be a good graphics card to get as I think my current craphics card is well behind the times. 50 - 100 dollars or euros... it's all the same!

Peace out!

Ron

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September 5, 2010 6:53:43 PM

112 x 864 resolution,

Around 100 euros/dollars actually is more the price range. Don't know how to find out my power supply!

Also, if i bought one, would it be easy enough to install? I've replaced a disk drive once before and that wasn't too difficult.
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September 5, 2010 6:57:51 PM

the DELL quads come with 350w PSU. Your monitor resolution is fairly easy to drive.

check out the ATI 5670 or Nvidia GT240 DDR5 card. both will handle modern games just fine at that resolution and are within your budget. The ATI is the slightly better card of the two.
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September 5, 2010 6:59:05 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. Is it easy to physically install new graphics cards in a Dell?
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September 5, 2010 7:02:09 PM

just looking on eBay there and there seems to be ones called Sapphire Radeon (512 MB) 5670 and also Asus ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB .... and .......... XFX ATI Radeon HD 5670 1024MB

is there a particular model or something... are all these the same?
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September 5, 2010 7:18:16 PM

its pretty easy. uninstall any previous drivers of past video cards
install the ATI 5670, see video
install new driver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9x097QRXeA

it makes little difference of what card you choose (512mb or 1GB) just make sure the RAM is DDR5. The card itself is not fast enough to effectively use 1GB of RAM. Single slot cards like the one linked tend to fit easier in a DELL.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...
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September 5, 2010 8:06:37 PM

Get a 4870 1G, although is DX-10 but is much more faster than 5670 or 5770 cards :) 
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