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    My friend has a Dell Dimension 5150 desktop computer that he bought few years ago. He wants to upgrade his graphics card and this is what he has now.

    Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
    512 GB Ram
    2.40 GHz
     
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    Is that Vista?
     
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    - How much is the budget?
    - What size LCD display?
    - What games?
    - A general low-mid range card is the 4670. (need at least a good 400watt PSU)
    - Prepared to buy a Power Supply to power up a more poweful card?
    * A cheap PSU isn't the same as a good PSU

    Because its a Dell with BTX... there is limited space and the PSU is non-standard wise in fitting in the case. A standard PSU can fit, but will need to be "SHOVED" into the case with some metal being bent (on the case).

    Need to stick with single-slot cooling cards.

    With the included Dell PSU, a 4350 card would be safe to use... not great for gaming, but a lot better than whats included.
     
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    He also has Windows XP. Budget would be around $100. Games is Soldier Front. Minimum is 256MB ram but Recommended is 512. What is PSU and what is it for? How much does it cost?
     
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    PSU = power supply unit. Its used for power. Video cards and CPUs are big power users... especially video cards.

    Because typical Dells have low-wattage PSUs (300~305watt for that class), your friend is limited to low-end GPU (Graphics cards)... but replacing the PSU in a Dell like that is not so simple since its non-standard.... :(

    An ATI 4350 is fine... the 4550, maybe.

    Also, since Dell does Dell like things... you'll need to open the cover and check that it actually has an X16 PCIe slot to use a gaming card.

    You can try using PCWizard (linked below my sig) and see what it says... It may detect the PCIe slot, but Dell might not have physically attached one.

    Also double check the PSU... make sure its a 305watt, not a 250watt type... again, requires taking off cover.

    Refer to google images "PCIe" to see what an X16 slot looks like compared to an x1. or here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCIe
     
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