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What's Compatible with my Computer? Help please.

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December 16, 2010 5:18:09 AM

Hi, Christmas is around the corner and I was offered the purchase of a new graphics card as a present. However, I don't know what cards are compatible with my computer.

My current specs are:
GRAPHICS CARD: RADEON X300/X550 Series (0x5B60)
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 560, 3600 MHz (18 x 200)
MOTHERBOARD: Dell Dimension 8400
MOTHERBOARD CHIPSET: Intel Alderwood i925x

Also if anyone could provide information on whether or not I am able to upgrade to a dual core processor with my current motherboard that would be great.
Thank you so much everyone! Most appreciated!
-Cole

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December 16, 2010 6:45:34 AM

What is your PSU? If it is not higher than 300W/350W the best choices are the ATI HD 5670 or GT 240. Even if you had a 1000W PSU your CPU would bottleneck your system.

Your motherboard does not support any dual core CPUs, so you should consider a new PC (build it by yourself, of course, because the PCs in stores are more expensive and weaker than the ones you build) IF you want a better CPU. If not, just buy the 5670 or 240 and you'll be fine :) 
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December 16, 2010 11:47:54 AM

Your motherboard is pci-e 1.0, therefore any newer card will only run at the most, half of its throughput.

The only place you could find a dual core processor for that mobo is on ebay or a store that sells used stuff.

You could get s775 motherboard and a dual core cpu for less than $100 though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The dual core wolfdale celeron would be 3x as fast as the cpu you have now and it's highly overclockable and much more efficient and runs cooler.
Easily 3.0ghz on stock fan, 3.5 or more with aftermarket fan.
If your on an extreme budget, this is the way to go, however, keep in mind that s775 has long been obsolete as well.

I would suggest if you can afford it, looking at putting together a newer system.
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a b V Motherboard
December 16, 2010 2:04:42 PM

Sorry to be rude, but any modern card will be held back by your Pent.4 cpu.
Really, buying new card for this old machine is wasting money, you'll better save your money to BUILD a whole new system.
I'm sorry, but that's a fact.
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