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Upgrading Dell Dimension 8300's video card

By ps3sucks
Mar 14, 2012
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  1. System Specs:

    Dell Dimension 8300
    XP SP3
    Pentium 4 CPU 3.40GHz
    4 GB Memory (3.25 GB Visible)
    Motherboard Model 0W2562

    I want a card that can handle youtube videos with no lag, and be able to play minecraft with no lag. IE I want the best card currently available. The PSU is not a factor (I am upgrading it anyway), and price is not a factor. I just want the best card I can get for my system and wants. My CPU is basically upgraded to the best pentium 4 (socket 478).

    My current videocard is not doing what I want (Youtube sometimes lags, and minecraft will lag).

    This is my current videocard...

    NVIDIA GeForce 6200 (AGP 8x)
    Memory size - 256 MB
    GPU Clock - 351 MHz
    Memory Clock 532 MHz

    Thankyou for your input.
     
  2. Dannyk0ed

    Dannyk0ed TS Member Posts: 79

    What is your Budget?
     
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,065   +169

  4. ps3sucks

    ps3sucks TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Would the newer motherboards fit in my dell case? also, all of my other hardware will be fine other than i need to upgrade to ddr2?

    Also, if i go this route, will I still need to upgrade my PSU from 300w?
     
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,065   +169

    Yes the micro-ATX boards will fit the Dell case. You will need to use a different I/O shield and re-orient the front panel connector wires. DDR2 would be necessary with the newer motherboards now. The 300 watt power supply should be okay
     
  6. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 328   +38

    If price is not a factor, you should just build a whole new computer.
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,065   +169

    PC nerd,
    I don't think ps3sucks could buy a new PC for under $200, do you?
     
  8. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 328   +38

    "PC nerd,
    I don't think ps3sucks could buy a new PC for under $200, do you?"


    "and price is not a factor. I just want the best card I can get for my system and wants"

    "Tmagic650" did you actually read any of this thread?

    He said that price isn't an issue, I suggested that he could actually build a whole new computer. Upgrading an old computer is going to be worse performance/price than a new one.
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,690   +335

    To directly answer the question, something like the AGP 7950 is about the best you can buy for it. AMD/ATi probably has some card that may even be better, but I'm not familiar with their fast AGP offerings.

    That 7950 is crazy expensive when comparing to just about any PCIe card. But I don't think that system you have is PCIe capable. The good news is that 6200 you currently have is a really weak card. If you were to buy a 6800 or a 7800 (nvidia) they would be much better. I don't think it is worth putting the best AGP card in there because your performance per dollar sucks. A 6800, 6900, 7800, or 7900 would be a pretty substantial upgrade, just find whichever one is the cheapest and you should be fine.
     


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