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Need some help for Video Card

By vgahuja
Apr 22, 2009
  1. My system specification are as follows:
    Type: Dell Dimension 2400 Series
    Processor: Intel Celeron 2.4 GHz processor
    Memory: 256MB DDR SDRAM at 400 MHz & 512MB DDR SDRAM at 400 MHz (Total 768 MB of RAM)
    Sound: SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
    Networking: Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
    Hard Drive: 80GB 7200 RPM Ultra ATA hard drive
    Monitor: 17" Dell brand M783s monitor
    DVD Writer
    Integrated Intel 3D AGP Graphics
    Display: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
    Operating system: WindowsXP Professional SP3

    I would like to install Vista Ultimate on this system.
    Please advice which Video Card would be best for this machine.

    Thanks in advance
    Vinay
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Maniac Posts: 378

    You could run vista basic but, for ultimate you are looking at replacing your ram with two 1GB sticks of DDR400, if you have an agp slot here are two good options

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102814

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121315

    If you only have PCI slots here are two more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131082

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187057

    Now I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you have a socket 478 board, here is a better CPU

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116027

    And here is RAM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146326

    If you do these things you will be able to run vista ultimate BUT it will not be as fast as a new dual or quad core system.
     
  4. tweakboy

    tweakboy TS Maniac Posts: 518

    I believe ATI makes the fastest AGP card. 2900XT AGP . Or I maybe wrong. good help with the links Pauly,,
     
  5. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,722   +63

    Hi, im on a dell dim 2400, you only have pci slots, 3 to be exact. Getting vista will only slow you down. What do you use your computer for? About a year ago I put 2x 1gig ddr ram(100$) in this rig, it supports a maximum of 2gig despite what the specs on the dell site say, a nvidea 6200 pci card(50$) and a lcd monitor(170$). The monitor was worth it due to the fact I can use it on future rigs. However upgrading this machine was a mistake, that money should have been saved for a new rig, you can build a pretty dang good rig for 450$ new case and all (not including a monitor). I bet ddr ram is way cheaper now, and I know theyre are better oci video cards nowadays. Regardless it is much wiser to get a new rig if you want to play newer games.

    If you are a gamer and are planning on building a new rig ......Your form factor is 478 so you will need a new case, since 478 really limits you. You will want at least new mobo\cpu\video card and with a new case you wont have to use that 478 form factor.

    One of the main things that limits that mobo is that it only has pci slots, after pci came out they made agp slots and then they went on to make pci-e, so we are pretty far behind.


    If you only use your computer to surf the web and watch movies, getting the cpu and one of the cards paul displayed would be the best way to go, plus the ram if you go for vista.

    One of the hugest improvements I noticed was after I got a lcd monitor, after you get the other stuff a lcd monitor will show you what you spent your money on, it looks so much better.
     
  6. tweakboy

    tweakboy TS Maniac Posts: 518

    I think the poor guy just wants a simple AGP upgrade, but very nice tree with the advice...

    Still for him AGP 2900XT , cuz thats what he asked for LOL.
     
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