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What Graphics Card To Get?

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#1 Sterling14


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Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:01 PM

My friend has a Dell Dimension E521, with

Processor: AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3600+ (2 CPUs), ~1.9GHz
Memory: 3006MB RAM
Hard Drive: 159 GB Total
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE
Power Supply: 305 Watt Dell power supply

I put more ram in it for him already, but he really needs a new graphics card for games. I'm wondering what would be good for him? I'm having problems deciding because his power supply is only 305 Watts (probably more, Dell underrates all of its power supplies, then again I wonder why... :thumbsup: ). I got an ATI Radeon x1900GT for my new build and I'm loving it! I thought this X1950GT would be great, but I don't know if his power supply is good enough. If its not, he doesn't want to spend the extra money for a good power supply too. So now I'm wondering what about getting an 8600GT? Would one of those work with a 305 watt power supply? What about an x2600XT? Thanks!
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#2 Robert Isbell

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:21 PM

you'll need to replace the PSU with a good 450-500 watt psu and as for graphics card, depends on what he is going to do 99% of the time with the computer.

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:41 PM

Yea anything worth a hoot would need a REALLY good 350 watt power supply most will require bigger.
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