graphic card brands... asus/powercolur/ati/inno3d/supergraphic

By weijie90
Jul 23, 2005
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  1. hi,
    which graphics card brand should i choose for the ati radeon 9550?

    by the way, can the 9550 work on the Dell Dimension 4300S?

    thanks!
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    Bascially choose a reputable brand(for reliabilty and warranty reasons), and then if you still have several choices choose on the package(i.e. games, programs included).
  3. weijie90

    weijie90 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    hmm... any recommendations? powercolour looks good.
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    Can you link to the specific cards?

    And yes, they should work with your pc, you have agp 4x which works with agp 8x/4x compatible cards like the 9550.
  5. weijie90

    weijie90 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

  6. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    I think the top two powercolors are ok, the asus is ok, and the ati is ok. I think I'd go with asus, unless it costs more.
    This is the model I mean.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814121511
    There is a 64 bit model, but it's slower, don't get the 64bit one.

    If you're in the us, there are a few cards that will perform better than a 9550 for a similar price.
    Here are two.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133143
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133138
  7. weijie90

    weijie90 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    thank you!

    btw, will my system have enough power supply juice to upport the card? (pls check out the dimension 4300S link above)
  8. weijie90

    weijie90 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    please help, thanks!
  9. springy101

    springy101 Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    180 watts is pushing it, it might run the 9550 ok but not the other 2 cards. definetely needs to be upgraded. also, i would get the card from the second link provided above, the pnypcfx5700apb video card. i just recently bought it and i play half life 2 and counter strike source no problem, plus it has tv tuner, fm tuner, rca inputs, camcorder inputs, and s-video inputs. to get all the stuff to work though you need these drivers
    http://www.pny.com/support/drivers/?prod=personalcinema
  10. weijie90

    weijie90 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    so u mean that my system does support the ati radeon 9550 right?
  11. Skutty

    Skutty Newcomer, in training Posts: 73

    Yes it will, but if you want to be on the safe side, upgrade your power supply
  12. weijie90

    weijie90 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    why? this card soesnt use extra molex connectors like the 9800, just the AGP slot. so why should i upgrade?

    by the way i am using a very lousy 16mb ati rage 128 pro and it works fine except for the lousy graphics.
  13. Skutty

    Skutty Newcomer, in training Posts: 73

    It dosn't need to use extra connectors, it can still suck up more power, but with your current power supply it might not perform 100%, and it might crash the computer if your doing something graphic demanding and it dosn't have enough power to function properly. Still it's up to you, if I was in your shoes though I would definitely upgrade a 180 watt supply.
     
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