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What Video Card do I need?


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#1 trogers2

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 01:31 PM

I have a old Dell GX280 Small Form Factor desktop, I know nothing about this sort of thing, there are a lot of video card on the market i'm just worried i'll pick one that "won't work" for this model. Could you guys help me out? Thanks in advance guys

I'm also looking for a good gaming video card, nothing amazing something that can handle most games should be cool enough.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 01:32 PM

whats your motherboard, processor and RAM?

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 01:45 PM

whats your motherboard, processor and RAM?



RAM DDR2, Processor Intel Inside (Pentium), Motherboard not sure, dell (Model: 0H8367) Is all I know.

Thanks for your help, fallendream it's greatly appropriated. :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 01:52 PM

i ran a few searches and couldnt find anything, im very sorry.

how much RAM do you have?
whats your processor speed (in GHZ or MHZ)
and ill do a more refined search.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:04 PM

i ran a few searches and couldnt find anything, im very sorry.

how much RAM do you have?
whats your processor speed (in GHZ or MHZ)
and ill do a more refined search.

Joe.



It's cool, no worries fallen. At least you tried so thank you for that. I have 1GB RAM, 2 512MB slots. CPU speed, 3.40MHZ.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:05 PM

Found a forum here, someone is trying to add a video card on the same model as me. I'm not sure if it'll help (I don't understand these things anyway lol).

http://www.avforums.com/forums/graphics-ca...-gx280-sff.html

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:11 PM

according to the forum you found this seemed to work well;
'...So I had to find a graphics card that outputted video and sound over HDMI/DVI. I chose the Sapphire Radeon HD2400 Pro (HDMI version), 30.00 from e-buyer delivered next day...'

but it depends on your usage.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:14 PM

according to the forum you found this seemed to work well;
'...So I had to find a graphics card that outputted video and sound over HDMI/DVI. I chose the Sapphire Radeon HD2400 Pro (HDMI version), 30.00 from e-buyer delivered next day...'

but it depends on your usage.



Great! Thanks fallen, I'll take a look. Thanks for your help! :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:16 PM

according to the forum you found this seemed to work well;
'...So I had to find a graphics card that outputted video and sound over HDMI/DVI. I chose the Sapphire Radeon HD2400 Pro (HDMI version), 30.00 from e-buyer delivered next day...'

but it depends on your usage.



Great! Thanks fallen, I'll take a look. Thanks for your help! :thumbsup:


heres a bit of info i found fairly easily. http://www.afterdawn.com/hardware/product_...6mb__pcie_hdmi_

it seems decent enough but im no expert.

Joe.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:21 PM

Found a forum here, someone is trying to add a video card on the same model as me. I'm not sure if it'll help (I don't understand these things anyway lol).

http://www.avforums.com/forums/graphics-ca...-gx280-sff.html


Did some research on Ebay, would you say this card would work?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ATI-RADEON-X1550-PCI...=item414c27a0fa

Looking for something cheap, "buy now" would be better then bidding. My old PC had a video card which made a hell of a lot of noise! Sounded like a car engine. Will this model make terrible noises?

EDIT: I checked your above post, seems awesome. I tried to find that model on Ebay and couldn't find it, is there a shorter name of the model people use? If not i'll have to look in stores, either way is cool.

EDIT: I tried the name under the title in bold to the link you gave above (ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro / PCIe 16x ) and got a few good pages. Not sure if this is the same model though. (I'm so bad at this lol)

Edited by trogers2, 21 January 2010 - 02:28 PM.


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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:25 PM

The processor and memory will bottleneck anything that may fit. Besides my sons computer with TWO HD2900XT barely runs Bioshock at reasonable frame rates. Do your self a favor if your looking for something to play games like COD, Oblivion, or anything like that save you money and go for a whole new computer. You will be sorely dissapointed with the performance you will get out of the cards that will fit in that PC.
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:27 PM

the one i suggested;
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-HD24...1992&sr=8-1

about 25 dollars used from amazon.

Joe.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:35 PM

Double post, sorry.

Edited by trogers2, 21 January 2010 - 02:38 PM.


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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:37 PM

The processor and memory will bottleneck anything that may fit. Besides my sons computer with TWO HD2900XT barely runs Bioshock at reasonable frame rates. Do your self a favor if your looking for something to play games like COD, Oblivion, or anything like that save you money and go for a whole new computer. You will be sorely dissapointed with the performance you will get out of the cards that will fit in that PC.


It's cool, didn't plan on playing anything to that scale anyway. Thanks for the info, Balt.


the one i suggested;
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-HD24...1992&sr=8-1

about 25 dollars used from amazon.

Joe.



I'll check it out, awesome thanks fallen. My parents don't use Amazon, they use Ebay which might make things problematic for them (no account set up there) They are also paying for this, I'll look into getting the Amazon version though.




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