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Dell 8400 graphics card upgrade


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#1 Trigger101

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 11:54 PM

Hi,
I have a Dell Deminsion 8400 i want to upgrade the graphics card on it and am wondering what the best card out there to get for it. I have Windows Xp 32bit and just upgraded the RAM to the Max. And so all i need now is a new graphics card and I want to get the best card that i can get for this machine. Any suggestions???? I have heard that there are cards out there that can support directx 9 as well as 10. Thanks

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:59 AM

this is probably pushing it with that power supply, as would most modern video cards. an ATI 1650 would probably be better if you could get your hands on it

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102819

minimum power supply requirements is 300 watt-however, it really is pushing it you may want to consider a power supply upgrade as well, or first if budget doesnt allow as your computer only has a 350 watt PSU. I would recomend a good 450-550 watt PSU made by a trusted manufacturer, like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817171028 would work well with that graphics card, if you want a more potent card, you will most likely need a more potent PSU.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 07:08 AM

So if i were to get any 4550 it would work? My main concern is that on my motherboard it has PCI express but Im wondering if it is just pci-express or pci-express 2.0 or does that not make a difference..? Plus im also concerned about wether or not the drivers will work with windows xp 32-bit. I suppose if it has directx 10 capabilities then it will also be compatible with directx 9?

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:12 AM

Don't worry about the slot. It will work fine in a PCI-E 16X 1.0 slot. That card doesn't require enough bandwidth for a 1.0 slot to adversely effect it. Ditto on drivers. Not a problem. It will run DX 9 fine.

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