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need help to upgrade

By esco662
Apr 27, 2006
  1. need help to upgrade a Dell computer

    Hi I was just wondering if u can even upgrade a Dell Dimension 1100 With a new video card. but it only has PCI... also wondering what would be the best PCI card to buy for gaming?(To run the sims 2) With in around $100 or so canadian...

    thanks
     
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

  3. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine TS Rookie Posts: 164

    I agree...the FX5500 is probably your best bet considering price and all that. Too bad that card is out of stock right now...

    Several people in forums say that the FX5500 runs SIMS 2 quite well
     
  4. esco662

    esco662 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I heard that u cant disable the intergraded video card on dells is this true?


    I can find a GF 5500 256 mb on ebay for around $80 but the radeon 9250 256 goes for like $100
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    I don't think so. And don't bother buying the 9250. It has a 64-bit interface and would get raped by a 128MB FX5500. So i suggest u get the FX5500. Happy gaming! :grinthumb
     
  6. esco662

    esco662 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all the info guys :)
     
  7. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine TS Rookie Posts: 164

  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Yeah the 9250 doesn't run BF2 at all. Plus it has full 3D API support only for DX8 while the FX5500 has DX9. And it supports OpenGL 1.5 versus the 9250's v1.3
     
  9. Sean

    Sean TS Rookie Posts: 131

    MY friend dropped a 5500 256mb pci card into a year ago and he gets good FPS in WoW, CS 1.6, HL2, d2 and other games. Its a very good bang for buck, you can easily disable integrated graphics if you push F10 i think on dells on bootup and go into the bios.
     
  10. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 229

    I can run sims 2 along with just about every game [doom3, hl2, bf2] (after graphics compensation) on my ATI9800 128pro OCed to 352~500 with better than halfway decent frames... I'd suggest this for a cheap card.. but don't plan on playing any next gen games on it
     
  11. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine TS Rookie Posts: 164

    He only has PCI...you cannot buy 9800 Pro for PCI interface.
     
     
  12. esco662

    esco662 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all the help guys. We did buy a GF 5500 256mb off ebay got a good deal only $50 american not to bad....

    thanks again
     
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Glad to Help! :grinthumb
     
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