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Graphics card upgrade Dimension 4600

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April 23, 2012 1:24:40 PM

Hello,
I have a Dell Dimension 4600 with 128MB DDR NVidia GeForce FX 5200 graphics card. I'd like to upgrade so the more video intensive games can be played (Mine Craft, WoW, etc) What card am I looking for to accomplish this?
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April 23, 2012 1:27:25 PM

What is your budget? What are other specs of your computer? Computer model doesn't really give anything up.

Is it this one? http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4600/e...

If so, you purchased FX 5200 separately. Did you change anything else?
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May 3, 2012 12:26:46 PM

Sunius said:
What is your budget? What are other specs of your computer? Computer model doesn't really give anything up.

Is it this one? http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4600/e...

If so, you purchased FX 5200 separately. Did you change anything else?


I apologize for not responding sooner. I missed your response somehow.


I customized one Dell had online. This is what is listed on my invoice:

Dimension 4600 Pentium 4 processor at 3.2GHz w/HT technology and 1MB cache
512 MB DDR SDRAM at 400MHz (I've upgraded this to 2 GB)
128 MB NVidia GeForce FX 5200 graphics card
160GB SATA Harddrive (7200RPM)
Intel Pro 100M Integrated PCI NIC card

I'm not looking to put a lot of money into it because of its age and it won't be used as a major gaming machine. I basically just want to be able to play Mine Craft and such w/o errors and lags if it's possible on this machine.
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May 3, 2012 12:26:54 PM

Sunius said:
What is your budget? What are other specs of your computer? Computer model doesn't really give anything up.

Is it this one? http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4600/e...

If so, you purchased FX 5200 separately. Did you change anything else?


I apologize for not responding sooner. I missed your response somehow.


I customized one Dell had online. This is what is listed on my invoice:

Dimension 4600 Pentium 4 processor at 3.2GHz w/HT technology and 1MB cache
512 MB DDR SDRAM at 400MHz (I've upgraded this to 2 GB)
128 MB NVidia GeForce FX 5200 graphics card
160GB SATA Harddrive (7200RPM)
Intel Pro 100M Integrated PCI NIC card

I'm not looking to put a lot of money into it because of its age and it won't be used as a major gaming machine. I basically just want to be able to play Mine Craft and such w/o errors and lags if it's possible on this machine.
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May 3, 2012 12:46:35 PM

hd 6570,gt 430 or hd 6670 at max will be good for your system.:) 
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May 3, 2012 12:50:33 PM

sunnk said:
hd 6570,gt 430 or hd 6670 at max will be good for your system.:) 


Thanks!
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May 3, 2012 12:51:18 PM

your welcome.:) 
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May 3, 2012 12:51:54 PM

what is the model of your psu?
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May 3, 2012 1:00:32 PM

sunnk said:
what is the model of your psu?


Good question. Where do I look for the answer :) 

I'm fairly tech savvy as far as trouble shooting is concerened but this is my first attempt at build/rebuild beyond RAM upgrade. I learn as I go.
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May 3, 2012 1:10:14 PM

power supply looks like this.



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May 3, 2012 1:13:31 PM

power supply is the most important part of your system it supply power to major parts of the pc it is the part where you plug your power connector of pc.open your case and look at the power supply which looks like what i have given above there will be one lable there will be written its model and with how many watts and how many amps on 12v rail.:) 
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May 3, 2012 1:25:19 PM

sunnk said:
power supply is the most important part of your system it supply power to major parts of the pc it is the part where you plug your power connector of pc.open your case and look at the power supply which looks like what i have given above there will be one lable there will be written its model and with how many watts and how many amps on 12v rail.:) 


This is everything on the label:

Dell model# NPS250KB F

Input 100-120V~/9.0A
200-240V~/4.5A

Output +5V/22.0A
250W Max +12V/16.0A
+5VSB/2.0A

Max combined power on +5V and 3.3V Output
IS 170W
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May 3, 2012 1:32:24 PM

yes it will work it has 16 amps on 12v so you are good to go good luck have a nice day.:) 
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May 3, 2012 1:35:16 PM

sunnk said:
yes it will work it has 16 amps on 12v so you are good to go good luck have a nice day.:) 


Thanks. Appreciate your help and your patience.
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May 3, 2012 2:40:15 PM

Do you have the right slot for those cards? The Dimension 4600 is quite old, and might have an AGP slot instead of a PCI-e x16.
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May 3, 2012 3:58:57 PM

Deemo13 said:
Do you have the right slot for those cards? The Dimension 4600 is quite old, and might have an AGP slot instead of a PCI-e x16.


You are correct. The connectors on the original card match the pics of AGP cards rather than PCI.

Thanks.
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