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PCI graphics card for Dell Dimension 3000

By jamesjames
Aug 4, 2009
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  1. Hi, hopefully someone here can help me! I've recently bought a new monitor, dell S2309W, but unfortunately I can't get the resolution on my computer so I'm stuck with a super stretched screen. Pretty annoying. After looking through lots of forums and the dell site it seems I might just need a new graphics card as the inbuilt one possibly can't support the required resolution (1920x1080), I'm stuck on 1280x1024 which is the maximum. I've found out the computer, a dell dimension 3000, only has PCI slots, no PCI-E or AGP, so I'm quite limited on what graphics card I can get.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on what will fix my monitor resolution problem?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Cheers.
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,897   +88

  3. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,225

  4. jamesjames

    jamesjames TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for replying guys. I don't use my PC for games so I'm not worried about that, just need it to be able to support the required resolution, will either of those two do the job?
     
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    Yes, and are low in power requirements, so it should work out.
     
  6. jamesjames

    jamesjames TS Rookie Topic Starter

    According to dabs.com both of those graphics cards are PCI-E?
     
  7. jamesjames

    jamesjames TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Would the "PNY 8400GS 512MB GDDR2 DVI VGA Out PCI Graphics Card" work? It's available on Ebuyer and Play.com...
     
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    No its lying, their both PCI.

    Yes, I like newegg better though.
     
  9. teklord

    teklord TS Maniac Posts: 526

    Newegg.com is an excellent site or "Eggcellent" as they say. You don't need anything more than the 8400GS if you don't game.

    Both those cards come in PCI-e but are also available for PCI only.
     
  10. jamesjames

    jamesjames TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot for the suggestions, I'll be making a purchase in the next few days!

    Is the best way to disable the built in graphics to do it from within device manager in Windows or on startup in the BIOS setup?
     
  11. teklord

    teklord TS Maniac Posts: 526

    I think when I installed the ATI drivers, it overrode the Intel Integrated Graphics automatically but you are using nVidia so you have to do it manually. You should go into both. Use Driver Cleaner Pro anytime you change drivers as well.
     
     
  12. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,225

    Oh if that is the case, just buy a cheap 8400gs, the evga version, i thought you were gaming on it.
     
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