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Compatible with new Graphics Card?

By hbrown
Jan 20, 2016
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  1. Hello everyone, I've had the same PC for a while, and wanted to install a new graphics card to keep up with gaming. I currently have a Dell Inspiron 620 with a Intel Core i3-2100 processor at 3.1GHz. And 4GB of RAM and windows 7 64-bit. (I know its not great but it works fine and all for me) Right now I have an Intel HD 2000 graphics card (the one the PC came with) and I was given by a friend an ATI Tech ATI Radeon X1950 XT 256MB DDR3 PCI Express x16 Dual DVI/TV-Out Video Graphics card, or that's what I think it is, I googled the pin on the card and that's what came up. Does anyone know if my PC will be able to handle it? Or if it will improve it if my PC can take it?
     
  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,655   +308

    Your system which I believe is a i620-229NBK is a very good basic computer, but it has a 300 watt power supply which limits what you can do. Nice review: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388341,00.asp

    I was not able to locate performance information for either GPU. Since they are both pretty old (in computer time), there is a possible issue with driver support. I think both GPUs are DX9 and most folks these days have DX11 and are looking forward to DX12. I do not think that the ATI X1950 will improve your graphics performance by much. The linked comparison which follows is for similar GPU, but the ones you have just are not in the database: http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/inde...on-x1950-xt-vs-intel-hd-graphics-3000-desktop

    Dell offers upgrades for your system ( http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...gpid=223685&chassisid=89034&stype=9&Tab=Parts ) , but I would be very careful about staying within the power limits of your PSU.

    You might find that there are very good quality new or factory refurb systems for not much more than some of the Dell upgrades.
     

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