Cheap, low power video card for Half Life 2?

By Joel Jacobs
Jun 23, 2005
  1. Hi. I have a Dell 4300S with a 180W power supply and an ATI Rage Ultra video card. I loved Half Life, and would like to get Half Life 2. I understand, though that my video card is inadequate. Is there any way to buy just a video card, and not a power supply too? Seems like many new video cards require bigger power supplies. Is there one that will run Half Life 2 passibly, but will run with a 180W power supply?

    If I do have to replace the power supply, is this something I can do myself, I do I have to take it to a shop?

    Put differently, what's the least amount of $ I can spend and still be able to play the game? I am an extreme tightwad.
  2. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 368

    Hello and welcome to techspot :wave: :wave:

    It seems u have not entered ur system specification please do that check the introduce urself forum for details

    HL2 depends more than just on the card for the performance gain let us know ur full system specifications. :grinthumb

    between a good GFX card at budget will be the geforce 6600 but also check out ATi 9800 series they do better in HL2 than the NVidia card.
  3. Joel Jacobs

    Joel Jacobs TS Rookie Topic Starter

    System specs

    Oops, sorry. Thanks.

    Here's what I know:

    Dell 4300s

    Intel Pentium 4 1.6 ghz processor

    16M ATI Rage Ultra AGP

    Windows XP

    ST340016A 40 gig HD

    767M RAM

    Here are the official specs:


    Microprocessor type

    Intel® Pentium® 4 microprocessor that runs at 1.40, 1.50, 1.60, 1.70, 1.80, or 1.90 GHz internally and 400 MHz externally

    NOTE: Microprocessor offerings vary by country.

    L1 cache

    8 KB first-level

    L2 cache

    256-KB or 512-KB (displayed in the system setup program) pipelined-burst, eight-way set associative, write-back SRAM

    System Information

    System chip set

    Intel 845

    DMA channels


    Interrupt levels


    System BIOS chip

    4 Mb (512 KB)

    System clock

    400-MHz data rate

    Expansion Bus

    Bus types

    PCI and AGP

    Bus speed

    PCI: 33 MHz; AGP: 66 MHz

    AGP connector


    AGP connector size

    172 pins

    AGP connector data width (maximum)

    32 bits

    AGP bus protocols

    4x/2x modes at 1.5 V

    PCI connectors


    PCI connector size

    120 pins

    PCI connector data width (maximum)

    32 bits



    SDRAM PC133

    Memory connectors


    Memory capacities

    64-, 128-, 256-, and 512-MB non-ECC SDRAM

    Minimum memory1

    64 MB

    Maximum memory

    512 MB

    Memory type

    PC133 (non-ECC)

    BIOS address


    1 Microsoft requires a minimum of 128 MB of memory for Windows® XP.


    Externally accessible

    one 5.25-inch bay
    one 3.5-inch bay

    Internally accessible

    one bay for 1-inch–high IDE hard drive

    Available devices

    ATA-66 or ATA-100 Ultra DMA hard drive, CD drive, Zip drive, DVD drive, and CD-RW drive

    Ports and Connectors

    Externally accessible:


    9-pin connector; 16550C-compatible


    25-hole connector (bidirectional)


    15-hole connector


    6-pin mini-DIN connector or USB connector


    6-pin mini-DIN connector or USB connector


    two front-panel and two back-panel USB–compliant connectors


    front-panel miniature connector


    three miniature connectors for line in, line out, and microphone

    Internally accessible:

    Primary IDE channel

    40-pin connector on PCI local bus

    Secondary IDE channel

    40-pin connector on PCI local bus

    Floppy drive

    34-pin connector

    2 Present only on computers with built-in audio capabilities.


    Audio controller

    Analog Devices AD1885 AC97 Codec
    3 Present only on computers with built-in audio capabilities.


    Video controller

    AGP 4X

    Controls and Lights

    Power control

    push button

    Power light

    green light on power button—blinking green in sleep state; solid green for power on state

    Hard-drive access light


    Diagnostic code lights

    four bicolor (amber and green) located on back panel


    DC power supply:


    180 W

    Heat dissipation

    500 BTU (fully-loaded computer without monitor)

    Voltage (see "Safety Instructions" for important voltage setting information)

    90 to 135 V at 50/60 Hz; 180 to 265 V at 50/60 Hz; 100 V at 50/60 Hz for Japanese computers

    Backup battery

    3-V CR2032 coin cell


    Height x Width x Depth

    10.6 x 38.9 x 43.2 cm
    (4.2 x 15.3 x 17 inches)


    9.9 kg (22 lb)




    10º to 35ºC (50º to 95ºF)4


    –40º to 65ºC (–40º to 149ºF)

    Relative humidity

    20% to 80% (noncondensing)

    Maximum vibration:


    0.25 G at 3 to 200 Hz at 1/2 octave/min


    0.5 G at 3 to 200 Hz at 1/2 octave/min

    Maximum shock:


    bottom half-sine pulse with a change in velocity of 50.8 cm/sec (20 inches/sec)


    23-G faired-square wave with a velocity change of 508 cm/sec (200 inches/sec)



    –15.2 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft)4


    –15.2 to 10,670 m (–50 to 35,000 ft)

    4 At 35°C (95°F), the maximum operating altitude is 914 m (3000 ft)
  4. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 368

  5. Joel Jacobs

    Joel Jacobs TS Rookie Topic Starter

    power supply?


    Will it require a new power supply? If so, what would be involved in replacing one?
  6. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    If you get a 9600 you should be fine. (hopefully) If you get the other two cards, you might be out of luck. Rplacing a PSU is easy as pie on a normal MB. BUt you have a dell, which is more of a pain. I dont think just any PSU will work. How many pins do you have on your p1 connector? (the big one going into the motherboard)

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