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Help Upgrading my video card?

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  1. spycaper51

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    Ok, I decided to upgrade my Dell Dimension 4600's Video Card.


    Here is my specs:

    Dell Dimension 4600

    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600)

    Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.4 GHz

    Direct X Version: 9.0c

    NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 [128 MB] (Integrated RAMDAC)

    Plug and Play Monitor: 1024x768 (32 bit) (60Hz)

    SoundMAX Digital Audio

    Modem #0 Line Playback (emulated)



    So, I need to know what's the best video card I can get with and without upgrading my Power Supply as well.


    And, could someone kindly tell me what the best overall power supply for a Dimension 4600 is and how much it costs?
     
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    yes most, definitely, if your going to upgrade your psu to tho, why not get a better card than the 8500GT! Thats what i currently have in my comp now and let me say that im quite dissapointed... Sure you can play games like bf2 and half-life, at all high settings, but newer games such as bioshock and crysis need more power, id say if your geting a new psu to just a 8800 GT! There only 115 now on newegg!!!!! And the outperform the 8500 over 7 times!!!!!!
     
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    yep get a 8800gt as a min. but you will need the psu updrade as well, probably a 500watt cooler master or similar, the gt comes with a 6pin aux pwr plug so make sure the new psu comes with one or get an 4pin molex to 6pin adapter.
     
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    Can a flimsy Dimension 4600 really support all of this?

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    if your 4600 can use standard atx psu and you have a pci express 16x slot, and you have the physical room in the case for the card then yes
     
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    I googled Dell 4600 and it looks like and older pc with only an agp graphics card slot, so no a new gfx card is not in your future without a whole new pc.
     
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    There are still agp cards out there but if you are thinking of running newer 3D intensive games then I would upgrade to a new pc. If you are not a gamer and just want a new card I would have to ask why, granted a FX5200 was pretty much a bottom of the barrel card but what are you using pc for that needs a new card.
     
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    My Dimension 4600 works perfectly fine and I had it since 2003.

    I just want to upgrade it is all so I can play better games.
     
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    Soo...

    I can't I get a NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT even if I have a 400 Watt PSU?
     
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    ahh!! yes u can! 300 watt minimum for the 8500! All Dell Desktops are 300w!
     
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    I kinda meant if there was enough space in my Casing and if my Motherboard can handle it.
     
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