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Graphics card update

I have a Dell Dimension 4550 and here are the specs:

Architecture: DDR SDRAM
Memory connectors: two
Memory Capacities: 128-,256-, and 512-MB non-ECC DDR SDRAM
Minimum memory: 128MB
Maximum memory: 1GB
Memory Type DDR 333 (non-ECC)
BIOS address: F8000h

It has an AGP Slot but I am not sure if it a 2.0 or higher

the graphics card I want to install is a PNY Verto GeForce 6200 AGP - graphics adapter - GF 6200 - 256 MB
I know that I will need to upgrade my power source, but will my mother board support this new card? And if not is there a good card out there that can support a monitor of 1680x1050? Please help and if you need more information let me know so I can post it. Thanks

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Re: Graphics card update

Step one is go to Dell and check the motherboard specifications.
Step two is go to and (among the zillion of cards) select the one you can afford (select based on AGP rate...this sites takes a lot of the search out of the process).
Step three (and I forget where it is but you can google for it) there is a site (actually a couple) where you input your equipment, cpu, motherboard, etc.....and it calculates the power supply required.

As for good cards...the less expensive generic cards I have had no problems with...most use the same chip sets....doing a comparison of that can save more than just a couple bucks if looking for a real high end gamers video card. One thing I would suggest though is to balance the cpu and memory...particularly since DDR is cheap. Here are a couple of examples.
An old p3 850 htz machine with 256 mb memory is balanced. But that amount of memory on an Xp2800 machine is too little...256 and 128 are needed for balanced performance....meaning neither the cpu is waiting nor the memory is being underutilized (i.e. you get only a "nits" worth of improvement by going to two 512 although one 512 will give you a bit of a boost....say 4-6% improvement in response time. The sellers of PC...particularly bundled....almost always don't put enough memory and always put too much bloatware on the machines....getting rid of the latter (and particularly anything that is active in memory) can give you a boost you may not believe. Ccleaner (free) to fix the registry and Spybot to keep malware from being active plus Hijackthis will allow you to keep your machine at might want that since you (am guessing) are into either games or some real sophisticated editing.

Hope this last thought....these high end video cards do give you some super quick response but....very few games require that (of the total number of games out there) and with bus, cpu and memory speed improvements you might just be better off paying the same amount of money for a mobo bundle...(in fact I think you would be).....but that is your research mine. Tango

Posted on Jan 25, 2008

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