I recently purchased a new Video card to put into my Dell Power Edge 400SC PC. I should have checked the compatibility of this system with the card as the card doesn't fit. the card I bought was a NVidia Ge Force 8600GTS. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130394
it also came with a Sata cable connector. I think the power supply minimum for this card is 350W and my system is only 250 Watts. Below is some information on my Dell P.Edge 400SC. Could someone fill me in on some basics with Video card compatibilty and tell me some cards that may work with my system. It's an old computer, therefore not looking to spend much. Thanks.
What video card does the 400SC come with?
An ATI Rage XL 8MB PCI card, shown here.
Does the 400SC have an AGP slot?
Of course! (The AGP slot is, however, not supported by Dell.) Picture here and diagram here. The AGP socket is keyed for universal 0.8v AGP cards that comply with the AGP 3.0 specification or 1.5v AGP cards that comply with the AGP 2.0 specification. The AGP connector supports 8x, 4x AGP 3.0 add-in cards operating at 0.8v, or AGP 2.0 add-in cards operating at 1.5V. There is no support for AGP 2x operation or legacy 3.3V AGP cards.
Does the 400SC support 8x AGP cards?
Yes. I've personally tested 2 8x AGP cards in the 400SC. The Intel 875P (Canterwood) chipset specifically touts 8x AGP as a feature. There have also been numerous other reports that it works.