> a GeForce 8400GS with 512MB memory and 32 CUDA cores. Not a screamer gaming card, but appropriate to the B110 and it doesn't take too much power. The B110 power supply is 250W, so the 8400GS at about 30-35 Watts is about right.
As far as I can tell, the onboard graphics system shares the system RAM, and while you're supposed to switch off the onboard audio when adding a sound card, I don't see instructions to change a BIOS setting to disable the onboard video. I recently changed my mother' computer from onboard video to a PCI Express video card and all I did was plug the card into the slot. By the way, changing from onboard video to a dedicated card (GeForce GT 240 PCIe card with 1GB memory) alone in my mother's computer changed the Passmark Performance Test 8 score from 262 to 1394 and the 3D score went up 40X !
While you're at it, you might visit Dell support drivers site and update the BIOS if it hasn't been done in awhile- this is quite easy and it will run better on more modern Windows versions and programs>
> and you just download the *.exe file and run it from the downloads window the same way you install any downloaded program.
If you don't have it, you might also have the maximum RAM memory-2GB- which can be either DDR333 or DDR400.
Good luck! I heartily approve of keeping the older computers going- they're surprisingly useful. I have 5 computers, and the oldest, a 1998 Dell dimension XPS T700R Pentium III 750MHz / 768MB RAM still runs Autocad R14 all day long. Also No 4. is a Dimension 8400 Pentium 4 3.0GHz / 3GB RAM /Quadro FX570 from 2004 that runs AutoCad 2004 on XP 64- bit and Photoshop /Illustrator CS 3, etc just fine !