We are having crash problems when playing games on line. I am wanting to try upgrading the graphic card. running GeForce GT 220 on Dell XPS 435/t9000 desktop right now. PSU 475 w. operating system is upgraded 7 from vista when purchased. What's a good card that will fit this system. Can upgrade PSU if needed.
what's the draw back to a card without a fan? What power supply can my computer handle if I upgrade that also - would fit be an issue? I'd like to get some good performance without upgrading anything other than the card and power supply - is that possible with current processor, ram, motherboard. Budget could be doubled if necessary
You don't have to limit yourself to a 55 watt card, or upgrade the psu when it is capable of handling higher power models
The system was sold with a 4870 or GTX260
A 7770, 7850 or even a 660Ti would work fine without a psu upgrade
All the cards will without any problems will handle two monitors. As for draw backs of having a card without fan: You need to clean the dust out of it every 2 months, or it will start overheating. And yes, it's possible to upgrade more.
To be honest, it all depends on your budget, and if you don't want to spend that much - the first card recommended will work without any problems as well! Though, of course, HD 7870 will play games on higher settings/with more frames per second . It's twice as fast.
The system has a 475 watt / 32 amp Flextronics built psu with dual pcie connectors ( obviously not the same quality as the Flextronics built Corsair AX1200 )
Is upgrading to a low end CWT built Corsair 500 watt / 34 amp unit really worth it ?