Upgrading Video Card, need advice

By Mcletdown
Aug 18, 2008
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  1. Hello, I am new here. But I noticed the amount of help you guys give to others in need. So I am here with questions on what video card I should get. I am looking for a better video card that can actually play some decent games, such as Orange Box or Counter Strike Source.

    Dell Inspiron 531, Model 0RY206
    AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ (2.0GHz)
    958MB RAM
    NVidia GeForce 6150SE nForce430 281 MB video card
    1680x1050 display (32 bit) (60Hz)
    2009.4 MHz

    My budget is under 100 dollars. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I would like to at least play something good on this computer.

    I was looking at these, but I am not sure if they're compatible with my computer.

    eVGA e-GeForce 6200 256MB DDR PCI Graphics Card-256-P1-N399-LX

    MSI NX8500GT-TD256E GeForce 8500 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    Anything above and including a 6600/6800GT should run Orange Box just fine. I'm guessing you have at least one available PCI express x16 slot available on your motherboard. If so, I would highly recommend a XFX 8600GT which can be purchased for well under $100. If you want to spend a little more, you could go with a 8800GT. Both cards will give you great performance in Source powered games and future releases. You could also go with a 9 series card, a 9600GT runs from `$120-150.

    8600GT:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3048552&CatId=1558

    8800GT:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3592056&Sku=P450-8830
  3. Mcletdown

    Mcletdown Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    XFX PVT84JYAJG GeForce 8600GT 512MB GDDR2 540Mhz PCI Express x16 SLI Ready Video Card

    Would this one work as well for my computer?
  4. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    If you know for sure that you have a PCI express x16 slot on your motherboard, then yes. Any PCI express card will work as long as it physically fits in the system.
  5. Mcletdown

    Mcletdown Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Hmm, I tried finding that out with the CPU-Z, but when I checked the Motherboard, the Graphic Interface had nothing on it.
  6. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    Get the motherboard make and model number, CPU-Z should tell you. Even if it's a Dell-manufactured mobo, you should have an expansion slot.

    Nevermind, the motherboard is the 0RY206, duh. You do have a single PCI-express x16 slot in there so you're all set!

    http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=MB64DELINSRY206&eq=&Tp=
  7. Mcletdown

    Mcletdown Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ahhh! Thank you very much for all your help! =]
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