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Upgrading videocard on Dell desktop

By Brad5264
Feb 10, 2008
  1. I have a dell dimension 8400, purchased 2.5 years ago. It has a radeon 300 pci express x16 (128mb) video card. I am running windows xo with media center 2005. Picture quality is poor. I have started looking for better video card. Dell sales rep says, the card to use is radeon x1300 256 mb ddr2 pci express graphics card. Turns out most cards won't fit slot. Is there a better product out there that will fit? i am looking to keep it down to less than $150. Dell is selling the above for $99 + shipping. I am not much of a gamer, this is used 99% for cable tv and recording programs to dvd. Thanks, brad
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    You can do an online scan
    http://www.powerleap.com/downloads/exe/InSPECS.exe

    Which may also help you determine the best card sort after

    Once you have allowed and ran the scan (you may have to re-run it after installing ActiveX so forth)
    You can then select your Video card on the LHS, which will in turn show updates on the RHS.
     
  3. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  4. malicious

    malicious TS Rookie Posts: 32

    As long as u have that one PCIe slot u can go all the way upto 1 geforce 8800 ultra or in ur case since you dont do gaming an just want pictures an cable i would go with a geforce 7300 or something you can find them around the same price an get more out of it...dont know much about ATIs ive always had nvidia jus thought i would add my 2cents good luck to you ;)
     
  5. porsche911r

    porsche911r TS Rookie Posts: 37

    yah exactly kpo is soo right u can get pretty much any card u wish because u got the slots but as u said ur nt much of a gamer so look for an average card like the 7300 geforce which will fit ur needs well.
     
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Pick up an HD 2400 PRO and you should be fine.
     
  7. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  8. malicious

    malicious TS Rookie Posts: 32

    GDDR3 512MB is nice...for the price
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Um too many cooks in the kitchen here!

    Out of the 5 or 6 cards suggested, just decide on one, and then go with that.
     
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