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#1 NormanXuminZhu

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 08:42 PM

I'm using an ATI Radeon HD 2400, which I found to my disappointment, couldn't run even the games with the least graphics requirements.

So I'm thinking of upgrading my video card, but I don't know what is compatible with my computer. I don't want to buy a video card only to find out it doesn't work with my computer.

I'm not sure what system specs you need to know for this, so just ask me and I'll see if I can find out.
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 09:34 PM

what computer do you have? model number?
Centurion 5 Case~GA-P35-DS3L Rev2.0~E6550~EVGA 8800GS~3GB GSkill~Cooler Master 650 PRO~Seagate 320GB SATA II~ 2 ASUS 20X Burners~Sound Blaster Audigy SE~ZeroTherm CF900~Acer 22" P221W

#3 NormanXuminZhu

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 11:50 PM

Ummm... I'll just put up the system information on dxdiag here.
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 530
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel® Core™2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 1068MB used, 5255MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 12:01 AM

Can you link your exact computer off dell website?

Im sure you probably have PCIx16 so you will want a PCIx16 g-card.


Here are some cards too look at.
8800GT, 9600gt, ATI 3850, ATI 3870

Edited by Lucky23, 16 May 2008 - 12:02 AM.

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 12:19 AM

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/con...CWDE3&s=dhs

I had chosen this one. I'm not sure if this matters, but I didn't choose the default parts.

Edit: Oh and something I've been wondering about for a while. Do the numbers next to a video card mean anything? I see these minimum requirements on games, etc, so is it like the bigger the number, the better the video card?

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 11:16 AM

Edit: Oh and something I've been wondering about for a while. Do the numbers next to a video card mean anything? I see these minimum requirements on games, etc, so is it like the bigger the number, the better the video card?



Currently right now its not necessarily better but a newer release. For nividia they have had the Geforce 2 series (and previous card before this) all the way up to the 9xxxx series which is current right now. But for example an 8800GT is better then the 9600GT even though the 9600GT is a newly released card. Its just depends on what your looking at but the cards listed above are something you should look at and see if there in you price range or if you want something better then those we will post some more models

Edited by Lucky23, 16 May 2008 - 11:18 AM.

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 12:39 PM

So for the minimum system requirements on games and stuff, when they ask for a certain video card, does that mean using that video card or a newer one will suffice?
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Posted 17 May 2008 - 08:18 PM

The minimum requirements for the graphics power a game will need is usually very underrated. They pretty much go by what the bare minimum to open the game up. I've played many games on computers that met the minimum requirements, and the game was either too laggy or just wouldn't work. what games are you trying to run? If your palying the latest and greatest games, I would go with the Nvidia Geforce 8800GT. At around only 170$ now, it is a steal. It can play most any modern game on high settings pretty smoothly. The one thing you may need to watch out for when buying a graphics card is the size. I just googled image the inside of an Inspiron 530 http://www.trustedreviews.com/images/artic...04-IMG7893s.jpg . It looks like you may want to watch out for very long graphics cards.
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