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DELL computers and RADEON cards


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tennisboy

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i heard a rumor that radeon video cards are unable to work in dell computers, or even fit in the motherboard. Is this true? I ask this because I want to upgrade from the nvidia ge force fx 5500 to a Ati radeon x850.
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I have never had a problem with replacing Dell video cards. Just make sure you purchase the correct card (pci or agp) for your board. :tazz:
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did u replace it with a nvidia card or radeon card?

my dell dimension 4550 2.4 ghz has a 250 watt power supply, 768mb ram, windows home xp sp2

i play lots of FPS games such as counter-strike i need something that will give me at least 80+ fps. Money is not an issue, what is a good video card?
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Does you board have AGP or PCI-E? Most of the higher end cards recommend at least a power supply of 350 watts, and then you will have to increase the airflow and cooling inside of your case.

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Here are the recommended specs for the ATI Radeon x850 AGP....

300-Watt Power Supply or higher recommended
Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon or higher CPU
One available AGP 8X slot
One power extension cable
128MB system memory
CD-ROM drive
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how can i find out if its AGP or PCI-E? O man mines only 250 watts... is there a good card out there thats good for my computer?
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Im not sure but try right-click on your desktop and properties then settings and then it should say what video card you currently HAVE!
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Get cpu-z it will tell you what you have in your computer.
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Click START, type in Dxdiag, Click OK.
Click the "Display" tab and post whatever you see in the "Device" box area to this thread.

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Your power supply is okay. Dell computers have an average power supply of 250W. They are capable of peak 365. I had this problem too. I contacted Dell in an email, and they said as long as your video card is the only thing that needs that much power, the PSU will be fine. And I have proof! I have had my 300watt AGP video card in my Dell cpu for a month and no problems! Please PM me if you don't believe me and want to see a copy of the email from the Dell technician.

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What about case cooling, did you have to install any additional fans or other cooling units?

I'm wondering if I can do an experiment by calling Sony and asking them the same question, so if my PSU or anything else fry, they will have to give me a new computer :) ...only want to experiement :tazz: .
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wow lionel thats crazy i donno if i should take the risk =/

aite heres the stats of my video card
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wow lionel thats crazy i donno if i should take the risk =/

aite heres the stats of my video card

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heres my dxdiag

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I'm not sure what you want to do with your graphics card...would like to capture video, watch television on your computer, play HL2? It looks like you now have a on-board integrated Nvidia card, and seems like you have an AGP slot. Do you have an emachines? With your power supply, I would go with the ATI ALL-IN-WONDER Radeon 9600XT . If you upgrade your power supply, then I could recommend some other options.
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