I have a Dell Dimension 8400 desktop with the following specs.
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.20GHz w/hyperthreading
4gb DDR2 PC2-5300 DDR2-667
Ultra 550W ATX Power supply
ATI Radeon X1900 512MB PCI-X video card
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS
My computer is very well kept so I would rather not buy a new one at the moment. I was wondring if I could futher upgrade my video card to get the best possible performance with what i currently have? If yes, is there a specific card you can recommend? I would perfer nvidia but will consider ATI. I would like to spend somewhere around $200. Thanks for any suggestions!
The GTS 450 is very reasonably priced and probably what you guys were thinking of. I really like the GTX 560 but realize it might be too much for my cpu. The GTX 560 specs say it's PCI express 2.0 but maintains backwards compatibilty with existing PCI motherboards. Money is not an issue. My power supply can more then handle both.
My thinking is get the 560. I can always use the card later when I get a better system. On the other hand, I probably won't get another computer anytime soon so what would be the point as technology is always advancing and I would want something better.
Get the 450 or 560? Which will work best with windows 7 64 bit?
Second, will the 450 be a big improvement over my radeon X1900XT?
So what exactly happens when your processor can't handle your video card? Is your video card only able to put out what your processor allows it to? If yes, would the only negative here be spending the unnesessary cash on the GTS 450?
I ask because the 450 is only a $100 video card. All the other cards I've seen below the 450 look really cheap in comparison to what I already have. My X1900XT is way beefier looking and takes up 2 slots. I don't mind spending the extra $30/$40 if there really are no negatives.
Thanks for all your replies. Im definitely not looking to replace the mobo or cpu. I know I'm very limited as to what I can do to this computer. This computer has been very good to me and I just wanted to give it a little more life. I will be getting a custom build in the future and plan on spending a good buck on it!
I've been looking at the specs of all the cards suggested. The specs for my current card are as follows.
Thanks for all your replies guys. I ended up purchasing a Evga GT 430. It was only $57 after rebates. Haven't overclocked it yet and it already improved my windows graphics and gaming graphics score by .6, my ram score also went up. I can really see the difference! I'm still amazed as to the size of it, it's less then half the size of my older card and it out performs it!