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Video Card Suggestions Requested


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#1 Nickat Night

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 10:00 PM

Hello to BC.

I have a Dell Dimension desktop PC running with Windows XP - 3 GHz with 2 Gigs of Ram and a 500W power supply. The power supply states output +12V/22A, My son plays the newest versions of COD amongst others. I suspect the video card we have (NVIDEO 7900) is failing as the screen blinks off/on at an extremely irritating pace.

I checked the monitor and it appears OK. I unplugged it from the PC and it never blinked during the self test. The power supply is 1 month old and the blinking had started prior to that ... but it is getting worse.

Any suggestions for a good video card to purchase would be appreciated. I just want to ensure I get a good card that will work with my PC. Thanks for any help or suggestions.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 11:53 PM

Can you give us the exact model number of the Dimension desktop? the PSU? And a price range to look at?

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 05:45 PM

I have a Dell E520 / XP Home / Version : 5.2.2600 SP 3 Build 2600 / BIOS Version : Dell Inc 2.3.2, 3/30/2007

I don't know what the PSU is or how to find out what mine is, sorry

I am looking for a video card that is less than $200. Thanks

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:14 PM

PSU - Power Suppy Unit

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^ In the second pic (side cover taken off), notice the silver box in the top-right corner? Yep, that's the generic 305W PSU fitted by Dell.

The generic PSU definitely needs to be replaced with a high quality PSU that can power your card with ease and still have a little room to spare.

So let us know how much you are willing to shell out for the GFX + PSU combo...

Edited by ReviverSoft, 13 January 2010 - 07:16 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 06:07 PM

I replaced the Dell-supplied power supply about a month ago.

What I have now is an Antec 500W ATX12V v2.2.

Please let me know if you need additional definition. Thanks

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 12:46 PM

This is the card my son asked me to consider. Is this a good choice ?


BFG NVIDIA GeForce 220 1024MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 10:49 PM

The GeForce 220 is a low-end card that is not as powerful as the Radeon 5670 which is only $100. Below are some suggestions:

SAPPHIRE 100289L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB - This is the low-end of the Radeon 5 series. It is a very nice graphics card for its price point, but don't expect super high frame rates. This card, and all of the Radeon 5 cards, allow for DirectX 11, which is only available on Windows Vista and 7. $114

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB - If you have the money to spend, get this over the HD 5670, the price difference is worth it. This card is roughly the same as the Radeon 4870 but uses less power and is more efficient. It is also roughly equivalent to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 in many games. Due to the newness of this card and the drivers, the benchmarks for this card are often all over the place. One game has this card below the GTX 260 by a wide margin, but once the graphics settings and resolution are turned up, it is equal. $164 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

GIGABYTE GV-N26OC-896I GeForce GTX 260 896MB - This too is a very good card that, on paper, is a little better than a Radeon 5770. Note that this card is 10.5 inches long so measure before buying. $189

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:23 AM

Hey,

Sorry about the delayed response.

Go with DJBPace07's suggestion of the Sapphire HD 5770 card.

Your Antec PSU should be able to handle it.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 03:35 PM

I just wanted to reply that I ordered the Sapphire 5670.

It is working fine and we've had no issues. Thank you

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 08:38 PM

That's a decent card too. congrats!
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 10:12 PM

That's a good card too. It is not a good performer with games, but it should work better than what you had before.

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