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Upgrading Graphics Card

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#1 Hawke22


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Posted 28 March 2006 - 07:34 PM

I have a Dell Dimension 2400 PC with a 0G1548 A00 motherboard. What type of graphics card (PCI or AGP) can I use? And is the 4x/8x going to be a selection issue? I don't need a mega-powerhouse card, I just want something that will run the few games I do play on here, as well as occasional internet video, better.

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 09:12 PM

Unfortunately, like most commercially built relatively inexpensive computers you are very limited on expansion capability.

To start with, you have at the most a 250 watt power supply (if a P4), and no AGP slot.

Technical Specifications
Dell™ Dimension™ 2400 Series

Microprocessor type

Intel Pentium 4 that runs at 2.2 or 2.4 GHz internally and 400 MHz externally, or 2.266, 2.4, 2.53, 2.66, 2.8, or 3.06 GHz internally and 533 MHz externally.

Intel Celeron that runs at 2.0, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, or 2.7 GHz internally and 400 MHz externally.

L1 cache
8 KB first-level (Pentium 4 and Celeron).

L2 cache
256- or 512-KB (displayed in the system setup program) pipelined-burst, eight-way set associative, write-back SRAM (Pentium 4);

128-KB SRAM that resides in the processor's core.
The L2 cache runs at the processor's internal clock speed (Celeron).

System Information

System chip set
Intel 845GV

DMA channels

Interrupt levels
24 APIC mode

System BIOS chip
4 MB (512 KB)

System clock
400- or 533-MHz data rate

Expansion Bus
Bus types

Bus speed
PCI: 33 MHz

PCI connectors

PCI connector size
120 pins

PCI connector data width
32 bits


Memory connectors

Memory capacities
128-, 256-, or 512-MB

Minimum memory
128 MB shared DDR SDRAM

NOTE: Between 32 and 64 MB of system memory may be allocated to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.

Maximum memory
1 GB

Memory type
PC2100 (266-MHz) or PC2700 (333-MHz) DDR SDRAM (non-ECC)

Externally accessible
two 5.25-inch bays
one 3.5-inch bay

Internally accessible
one bay for 1-inch–high IDE hard drive

Ports and Connectors
Externally accessible:
Serial 9-pin connector; 16550C-compatible
Parallel 25-hole connector (bidirectional)

15-hole connector

6-pin mini-DIN connector

6-pin mini-DIN connector
two front-panel and four back-panel USB 2.0–compliant connectors

RJ-45 connector

three back miniature connectors for line-in, line-out, and microphone

one front miniature connector for line-out

Internally accessible:
Primary IDE channel
40-pin connector on PCI local bus

Secondary IDE channel
40-pin connector on PCI local bus

Floppy drive (optional)
34-pin connector

Video controller
integrated Intel 3D Extreme Graphics

Audio controller
integrated audio

Network controller
integrated 10/100 Ethernet

Controls and Lights
Power control
push button
Front-panel power light
solid green for power-on state; blinking green for standby state
Hard-drive access light

DC power supply:
Wattage 200 W or 250 W

Heat dissipation
682 or 853 BTU (fully-loaded computer without monitor)

Voltage (see your Owner's Manual for important voltage setting information) 100 to 120 V at 60 Hz; 200 to 240 V at 50 Hz

Backup battery
3-V CR2032 coin cell

Heat will also be a big factor:


10º to 35ºC (50º to 95ºF)
NOTE: At 35°C (95°F), the maximum operating altitude is 914 m (3000 ft).

I don't know if you can install a power supply with more capability because of not only space limitation but additional heat generated, and if you could you might still have a heat problem adding a PCI Video card even if there is a place to power it.

System Board Components

Under "Upgrading My System" the only thing that seems to be offered by Dell for graphics for the 2400 is software - no hardware upgrade.

Personally, I don't think I would try it.

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 07:51 PM

Thank you Enthusiast. Looks like I didn't dig deep enough on the Dell site, I didn't find any worthwhile info when I checked. I guess I'll just have to settle for what I"ve got for now.

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 08:41 PM

You will be able to install a PCI card, make sure to change the video from AGP to PCI in the BIOS after installing the PCI card or it may not be reconized.


Edited by acklan, 30 March 2006 - 08:59 AM.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 08:50 AM

There you go! Just do that.

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