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#1 SETech

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 11:44 AM

How's it going, for those who read my post. I currently have a Dell XPS 210. Everything is stocked:
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Processor running at 2.16GHz
500 GB Hard Drive
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I'm looking to add a Video Card to this particular PC due to the fact that I can't run games with Pixel Shader. Because the card that is stocked in this PC doesn't have Pixel Shader. So I'm looking for a good graphics card that has Pixel Shader that fits in my PC, it's a PCI Express X16 slot. Of course its a slim case, so not all graphics card fit in there, so if someone could recommend something I would appriciate it. I would perfer NVIDIA over ATI, but I'm open to any advise.

Thank you.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:13 PM

Best I could find on short notice:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814187061

Other cheaper ones are available but this was the only one I could find with 265 bit memory. Even then, actually fitting it in the case can still be iffy as some thin cases have a lot of stuff mounted near/by the PCI/PCI express slots.

Edited by dpunisher, 11 March 2009 - 12:15 PM.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:33 PM

" I would perfer NVIDIA over ATI, but I'm open to any advise."

I don't use nvidia cards but I can offer some advice if you do go with ATI .

The "pixel shader" problem is a lot of the newer games require "Pixel shader 3 [or 3.0] .

In the ATI cards any one from the X1300 series up will have pixel shader 3 .
Avoid the X1800 & X1900 cards as they require a LOT of power to run & the stock Dell power supply probably won't be sufficient.

For a "low budget" upgrade a X1300 Pro or X1300 XT can be found in the "low profile" option .
Look for at least 256MB of memory & at least a 128 bit memory interface.

I have put X1300 Pro's in several computers.
While not the "fastest" video card they will play most games quite well .

Of course if you have the $ to spend get the best you can afford !

Here is a list that may be of some help as to what is "fast"

http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/?tag=rmp_vds

Avoid the video cards that require a 4 or 6 pin power supply connection.
["Big" connectors like a IDE hard drive ]

Some have a small 4 pin power connection that is the same as a floppy drive [the ATI X1300 series has it] most power supplies will power those with no problem.
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 02:55 PM

Can we get some measurements?

Centimeters and inches please

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:43 PM

Maybe look at gettin a new case with the card....
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 09:14 PM

Maybe look at gettin a new case with the card....


Hard to do with those. The power supplies are unto themselves(older Dells used modified 1U rackmount PSUs), the CD drive is out of a laptop, motherboard is nonstandard. Just not one of those easily upgradeable systems some of us spoil ourselves with.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 10:38 PM

Yea difficult.

Well the measurments go as
Tall: 12.5 in
Deep: 14.5 in
Thick: 3.7 in

Theres not alot of choices out there. I mean my power supply is only 275 watt, and I would perfer to have a card that has Dirext X 10.

Edited by SETech, 11 March 2009 - 11:09 PM.





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