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upgrading a dell gx270 graphics card


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ok i have a dell optiplex gx270 and im trying to upgrade its graphics card the thing is i don't know what kind the best is that my system can handle. im trying to play a game called wurm online which requires low system requirements but my computers graphics card is from 2003 which is really old. so just plz tell me what the best one is that ishould buy.

http://support.dell....en/ug/specs.htm my pc specs
and iwould prefer a agp card but any that you find i will take. and i need ram too so plz post some links for me.
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can some1 plz help me out here!?!
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It all depends upon what Direct-X you have. Some cards run on direct-X 8 and some need Direct-X 10. Here's some good ones. I would choose either a 5200, 6200 or a 8400 Nvidia card, simply because i have always had more problems with ATI cards.

http://www.newegg.co... Cards&name=PCI

If you have a AGP slot then these would work.

http://www.newegg.co...512mb&x=13&y=33

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so all of those would work with my computer? it doesn't matter which one i get? because i have a low powers supply unit its 250W

btw my optiplex version gx270 i noticed their were tree mine is the small mini tower computer
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You need to look at the size(length and width) of the cards to make sure they will fit. Open up the computer and measure the space to get a basic idea of the sizes that will fit in there. Personally i would not spend much money on that old of a computer. Upgrading to a windows 7 comp with a i3 CPU will give you a comp that will run just about any game made and you do not have to think about the computer failing.

http://www.pcliquida...e.x=0&image.y=0

For the price of most of the video cards you can buy the whole computer. The power supply is marginal but i ran many comps with FX5200 video cards on 250 watts. I keep some old AGP video cards around to check older comps that come to me for repairs.

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ok but i cannot buy a new computer ok just plz give me a card taht will work. it need to be agp and the only game that it needst or run is a old game called wurm online. so plz just gtell me yes or no will these cards work. and the agp slot is just a white line where i plug the card into the motherboard so im pretty sure any agp card will fit. so plz post card that will work on my computer. the best that will work.
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ok so if no one answers i guess i will just buy one of the cards that you listed at the top and if it does't work oh well that was my last chance.
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so just answer this last question plz

WILL this card work on my optiplex gx270?

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130654 : video card
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Yes, any AGP video card will usually work, and the 6200 is a pretty good card. Make sure you have at least DirectX 9 on your computer. Also check dimensions inside your computer case. The card is: Length=4.25" Height=2.71".

I do not have a similar computer around here, so i cannot measure it to see if the card will fit. Beyond this and you will find a limited number of PCI video cards simply because the PCI slot is obsolete so they don't make the cards anymore. When the stock of new cards start to dwindle they just quit advertising them and auction off the remaining cards to specialty suppliers.

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ok thank you so much i have waited about a year just to find out some information.
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ok im going to ttrust you and buy this... hope it works.
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what do you mean dircectx 9 doesn't the card come with taht? or can i just dwonload it off the internet because im pretty sure i did. and my compuuter has a integrated video card right now so how do i turn that off so they won't be conflicting with each other or whatever. and after i put it in what do i do?
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yes, you can download Direct X from the internet. Most versions are available. Just check your version or there may be DX9 on the drivers CD you get with the video card.

To disable the onboard graphics you go into the BIOS and set it to disable( most newer computers do this automatically when a graphics card is installed), but you need to check the manual for this. If you do not know how to move around and change things in the BIOS i would suggest finding a GEEK friend that can help you.

Once you have disabled the onboard graphics, then save the changes and shut down the computer, ground yourself well( keep touching a bare part of the case often while working on it to get rid of static electricity), open up the computer for access, and install the video card. Put the cover back on and restart the computer. You should get a ugly 640x480 screen, then you install the video drivers from the drivers CD. Read the directions that comes with the video card because they may want you to install the drivers before you install the card.

Once the drivers are installed you set the display properties to where you want. Usually on a 17 inch flat screen 1024x768 up to 1600x1280 range. Just set it to what you like with the icon and text sizes.

You should be good to go after all that.

You need to download the service and users manual so you can read up on what to do.

http://support.dell....70/en/index.htm

or the systems user guide

http://support.dell....en/ug/index.htm

http://support.dell....n/ug/sffagp.htm

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ok how do ifind a geek to help me with the BIOS (aren't you good at this stuff)?
so the card comes with a cd that i just download the drivers off of? or do ihave to go to the cards managacturers website to download them?
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http://support.dell....n/ug/sffagp.htm
ok i read that and it doesn't say anything about having to turn off the current integrated card it says the new card shoudl work through it or somehting. but taht was for DCI.
and i keep reading about that if i install a card i will have to plug the moniter cable into it? was is that all about?
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