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Graphics upgrade needed

Hi my brother has a dell dimension 5100 and wished to upgrade the 128k graphics card. can it be done is it built in or are there slots on the motherborad etc> can you recommend a 256 or 512 card for the dell?

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The computer has one PCI-Express slot (x16) which will take most of the latest video cards out there.

All you have to worry about if you buy a brand new card for it, in the 200-500 price range is does your computer have a good enough powersupply?

the computer comes with a 300W powersupply, which you might need to upgrade to w500 or more,

600W powersupply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171036

that one will go a long away, you should be able to keep the powersupply even if you decide to upgrade the cpu/memory and the motherboard, making it a brand new computer, the powersupply has enought juice to power it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=ati+radeon+4830
theres a 512MB and 1024MB cards. look around for cheaper deals if you want a smaller card with less memory.

Posted on May 25, 2009

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    The dell dimension 5100 documentation / service manual AND fixya database info for the model clearly states that this computer has a PCI-Express 16X slot for a video card.

    There is no AGP slot, the advice from the other expert is fine, but if you do buy a AGP card it wont fit, please check inside your computer first.

    HERE's a picture of PCI-e slots




    Heres a picture of a AGP SLOT






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Hey there,

After checking around for you there is possibilities for you. The PC you own does have an AGP slot in which you can put a seperate card in, however there aren't many left on the market currently. The best range you can look at are the ATI Radeon cards. I'd suggest the 2400 Pro as it isn't power hungry and still give impressive results on games like Half life 2 and games around that era.

You can go higher but you will have to be wary of what sort of power supply you have in your PC.

If you have any further questions then give me a shout.

Craig

Posted on May 25, 2009

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