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Upgrading Video Card


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Hi, I have a Dell Dimension C521 and I'm looking to upgrade my video card. My current video card is a Geforce 6150 LE at I believe 128mb. I was looking to upgrade it a bit and was looking around and was recommended a Radeon X1600 Pro. My problem is the slim case of course and I heard that the Radeon X1600 Pro fit, however I am unsure whether this is true or not and if it is, whether to get the 256 or 512 because of my power supply only being 280W. If there is another video card that is better or if this is the best one I would appreciate the info.

Thanks for all the help!~
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Actually, that upgrade will not work. As far as I can tell, the Radeon X1600, while a newer card, is still based on AGP technology, and your motherboard does not have an AGP slot. And it isn't a low-profile card, which means it won't physically fit.

I did find the Radeon HD 2600XT card, which is a low-profile PCIx16 card, for between $100 and $150. This card has a VGA, DVI, and HDMI connector, and is capable of outputting 1080p. You can price it at froogle.

Let me know what you think!
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Ah I see, Thank you. I'm glad I posted here first before buying anything. It looks like a decent video card however I just have one question: In the Software/System Requirements it states this: Peripheral / Interface Devices CD-ROM, 300W power supply, Does this mean I hae to have a 300W power supply or will my 280W power supply work?
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Nope, your power supply will work fine. That is just a recommendation, and what really matters is the power going to that particular slot, and it is getting plenty of power to power the card.
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Ok. Thanks for all of the help.
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