Graphics card upgrade for Dell 4700?

By FireRescue832
Jun 3, 2007
  1. Ok...I have this piece of crap computer. It's a dell 4700 525 MB ram, and stock graphics card. Intel family chipset. I want to get a graphics card (under $100) that can work with my pc and play Battlefield 2. Please help!!!


    Please use proper thread titles from now on. Thanks.
  2. MMDominator88

    MMDominator88 TS Rookie Posts: 119

    what type of slot is it........AGP 4x/8x, PCIexpress, PCI, etc........???
  3. FireRescue832

    FireRescue832 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well...I don't know computers well. But All i know is it's stock. The only thing we changed on it when we ordered it was the memory.
  4. MMDominator88

    MMDominator88 TS Rookie Posts: 119

  5. FireRescue832

    FireRescue832 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, thanks for helping me out. I have to go to work but I might be able to get the information tommorrow.

  6. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    The 4700 is PCIe. For your price range you can get a 7600GT and run with your stock psu. I would seriously think about getting more ram, though. At least another 512mb.
  7. FireRescue832

    FireRescue832 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Found out

    I found out that a Nvidia GeForce FX5500 is within my price range and can support Battlefield 2...Now all I need to know is if it can fit my 4700, anyone know?
  8. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    As long as it's PCIe yes.
  9. FireRescue832

    FireRescue832 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    But is it? Where do I find out if it is?
  10. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  11. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Nothing wrong with the Dell Dimension 4700. It has always been a decent, reliable machine. However, a good NVidia PCI-e video card such as 7600 or 8600... with an upgrade of the power supply to drive it.... Change to two modules of 1 GB memory... and you will be set.
    Be sure to keep the cpu fan and heat sink free of dust and hair.
    Do not change the video card by much unless you also replace the power supply, because it isn't designed for a big advance.
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    the fx5500 is an AGP card and it is also quite old. I am not aware of a PCI-E version - they might, but check.
  13. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    We would need the service Tag Number to get into the specifics... I hav several 4700's here and with different video setups.
  14. MOH

    MOH TS Rookie

    Apologies for hijacking this thread slightly, but I've also a question on upgrading the gfx card in a 4700.

    I recently replaced the original X300SE with this Radeon X1650XT but have been experiencing intermittent problems. Initially the PC would lock up during gaming, since I upgraded the drivers I now get the "VPU recover" error message box instead. It seems to happen fairly randomly, although once it happens once will often happen twice more in the next 30 mins or so, after which I have to reboot.

    I think I've ruled out incompatibility with any other components, and I ran for a while with the side of the case off which I presume would help avoid overheating issues, so I'm wondering could it be that my PSU can't handle this card?

    I might have a chance to swap it for a 7600GT, but if people think it's not a PSU issue I'll probably RMA the card.

    [edit] Should have mentioned, apart from replacing the CD drive with a DVD burner, the machine is as it came, so has the standard PSU. I did add 2GB of memory, but even after I removed that still had the same issue, so that's not the problem.
  15. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Yes. Generally you have to replace the Dell power supply in the 4700 if you install a more sophisticated video graphics card. Luckily that is one of the models that will tolerate a much better quality power supply ATX or ATX12
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