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New VC for Dell

By vsteel2003
Nov 12, 2004
  1. I need a new VC in order to play everquest2, An alert pops up when I start it that says I need a card with at least 4 texture units. I currently have the GForce4 MX 420. Here is my system...'

    System Type: Dimension 8200
    Ship Date: 7/13/2002
    Dell IBU: Americas



    Quantity Parts # Part Description

    1 3T622 ASSEMBLY, CARD (CIRCUIT), PLANAR (MOTHERBOARD), 850E, AUDIO, TRANSFORMER SKY DIVE MINITOWER, DIMENSION
    1 9K795 PROCESSOR, 80532, 2.0G, 512K, 400FSB, SOCKET N
    1 4P608 MOUSE, UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS, 2BTN, WHEEL, OPTICAL, LOGITECH
    1 7N242 KEYBOARD, 104, UNITED STATES, SILITEK, LOW COST, MIDNIGHT GRAY
    2 4T235 RAMBUS INLINE MEMORY MODULE, 256, 400M, 128X16, 8C, 40
    2 9578D CARD (CIRCUIT), MEMORY BOARD, MEMORY, PRINTED WIRING BOARD, CONTINUITY, RAMBUS
    1 1P930 KIT, COMPACT DISKETTE, COMPACT DISK READ WRITE, ROXIO, V5.2
    1 5P012 COMPACT DISK READ WRITE, 680M, I, 5.25" FORM FACTOR, 40X, HITACHI LG DATA STORAGE, CHASSIS 2001
    1 5740C CABLE, AUXILIARY, INTERNAL, MODEM, 4C
    1 8F217 MODEM, V.92, INTERNAL, DATA/FAX/VOICE, SOFT, Z, DIMENSION
    1 2P011 COMPACT DISK DRIVE, 128K, I, 5.25" FORM FACTOR, 48X, LTN-486, CHASSIS 2001
    1 7E840 KIT, SPEAKER, 120V, HK395, SAMSUNG, DELL AMERICAS ORGANIZATION
    1 9P301 CARD (CIRCUIT), GRAPHICS, NV17, FULL HEIGHT, SECOND, DIMENSION
    1 5R212 FLOPPY DRIVE, 1.44M, 3.5" FORM FACTOR, 3MD, NO BEZEL, NEC CORPORATION, CHASSIS 2001
    1 7J378 HARD DRIVE, 40G, I, 1N, 7.2K, 40G/P, MAXTOR VIPER
    1 6K223 KIT, SOFTWARE, WKS-STE2K2, 5.25" FORM FACTOR, ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MFGR., ENGLAND/ENGLISH
    1 3R352 KIT, SOFTWARE, OVERPACK, WINDOWS XP HOME, COMPACT DISKETTE W/DOCUMENTATION, ENGLAND/ENGLISH, A02
    1 3K021 CARD (CIRCUIT), NETWORK, ETHERNET, 10/100, GVC-REALTEK
    1 4N736 DISPLAY, CATHODE-RAY TUBE, 19, DUAL, M992, MIDNIGHT GRAY, DELL AMERICAS ORGANIZATION

    What I want to know is if I can get a card that will run EQ2 with the computer I have now. I do not need anything fancy just enough to run the darn game. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    It would be wise for you to investigate the Dell site (use your build code from them) and investigate up date cards for your machine .Dell uses proprietary Bios ,etc.and you would not want to deal with an untested Card.Also go to the Dell user forum someone in there will have experience with this issue.
    Also if you have any extended warranty left, you should contact Dell directly and inform them of your hardware change.
     
  3. vsteel2003

    vsteel2003 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I spoke to dell they said I can use any 4x AGP card but only up to 250w of power any cards fit all of these descriptions?
     
  4. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    I do not play EQ2 , but the spec that Dell gave you covers a wide range of cards .So if you have a price point in mind let us know .You should get the best bang for the buck.
    You should also check the Web site for the game.It has been my experience that all major game companies either list recommended Vid cards, or issues with certain cards, or their forums have usable commentary from individuals experiences.
    P.S. Welcome to Techspot!
     
  5. vsteel2003

    vsteel2003 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    They reccomend Nvidia Cards. If I were going to get say a GForce4 TI would that do? I do not need the greatest graphics in the world I just want to play also budget as cheap as possible. I can not see myself spending more than $100 or else I just can not afford it.
     
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    If you have such a budget go for a plain 6800 card (MSI comes to mind). If you can't the nVidia 5900XT could cover your needs but there isn't much price difference between that one & the 6800 but the visual & performance difference is quite big. If you can't reach those budgets, look for a 4200 & if you can't find that, a 5700.
     
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