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Video Card Upgrade for Dell Dimension E310

By riverwind
Jul 21, 2006
  1. Video Card Upgrade for Dell Dimension E310???

    Ok, so I just got this new Dell Dimension E310 Series, Intel Pentium 4 Processor 521 (2.80GHz) and 1MB cache, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
    with built in Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelator 900 (um.., yeah that's not going to cut it) for my wife mostly for her work, but I would like to do some gaming on it and would like to upgrade the video card.
    To my understanding I can upgrade with a PCI card, but really don't know what to go with and what will be compatible?? I tried calling Dell Tech Reps., and let's just forget about that whole freaking exhausting process!!! I tried doing some searches on PCI cards, but did not see anything in particular to my system and came up confused??

    Since so many of you seem much more knowlegable than these guyz, could someone please recommend a decent card for around $60.. I don't get too intense into gaming, but would like something I could play like Half-life, etc .. If there is nothing in that price category I'm open to any suggestions.

  2. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

  3. riverwind

    riverwind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    Great. thanks nickslick74, I think I'm going to go with the SAPPHIRE 100114 LB Radeon 9250 256MB 128-bit....

    Silly question, but do I have to do anything before installing it..I mean I know that the Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelator 900 is built in... I'm not sure if there is a way to disable, transform, etc.. I dunno??
  4. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Some people say that you should go in and remove the old video drivers, but I don't think you really need to bother with that unless problems crop up. Just install the card and make sure that Windows finds it. You can go the mfr website for driver updates if you want.

    If you want to diable the onboard graphics, you can do that through the bios, but I don;t think you really need to bother.
  5. riverwind

    riverwind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    Ok thanx again nickslick74 for all you help!! hav a good weekend
  6. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Not a problem! You have a good weekend too.
  7. kkushion

    kkushion TS Rookie

    PCIE for Dimension 3100?

    I had trouble with a Radeon 9000 PCI card and called Dell support. They said my mobo will only support a PCIE video card expansion and gave me a model number they suggest, the ATI HD347. Unfortunately, I cannot find this product anywhere? Any suggestions for a video card that will finally let me end this nightmare and run dual monitors?

  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,534   +250

    kkushion, you already have a separate thread posted for your problem. To avoid confusion I recommend not creating duplicate posts.
  9. riverwind

    riverwind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    PCI vs. PCI Express

    Hello, sorry to repost, but I was just about to order the SAPPHIRE 100114 LB Radeon 9250 256MB 128-bit, but realized I have a PCI Express slot, below are the specs of what my mobo will support:
    Expansion Bus
    Bus type
    PCI 2.3
    PCI Express x1
    Bus speed PCI: 33 MHz
    PCI Express: 500 MB/s bidirectional speed
    PCIconnectors two
    connector size
    120 pins
    connector data width (maximum)
    32 bits
    PCI Express
    one x1
    connector size
    36 pins
    connector data width (maximum)
    1 PCI Express lane

    I know that's a bit of a mouthful, but just copied and pasted everything from the manual over for thoroughness..
    Should I still go ahead with the PCI SAPPHIRE 100114 LB Radeon 9250 256MB 128-bit or consider a PCI Express card??.. I've been reading up on the advantages of PCI Express over PCI, but I'm not sure if it is relevant for my situation??
    If I should go for the PCI Express, any recommendations for still around the same price (~$60)?? Thanks again for your insights!!!
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,294   +27

    PCi Express x1 graphics cards are useless and highly overpriced. A better bet than the Radeon would be the one below.
    It's even cheaper than the Radeon and being a Geforce 6 series card, it supports Shader Model 3.0 and has a faster core clock than the Radeon 9250, making it a better option. The only downside is that it has a 64-bit memory interface but it makes up for that in the higher core clock. Plus this one can play BF2, the 9250 cannot(read the customer reviews).
  11. riverwind

    riverwind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    much appreciation for the feedback Rage 3K Moiz, yeah I was just checking around for 1x cards and they pretty much seem obsolete to the 16x now adays... and as you said it, price outrageous! thanks for the recommedation!!
  12. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    What you have is a PCIe x1 slot, not the PCIe x16 that almost all PCIe graphics cards use. There are a few x1 cards out there, but they are fairly expensive and don't offer any real advantage over regular PCI cards, especially when you consider price.
  13. riverwind

    riverwind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    Think I would still be in the clear with the Geforce 6200 128MB 64-bit even though I have a integrated Graphics Media Accelator, I was reading the reviews and it seems some have had problems with other Dell systems due to the built in media??
    my system:
    Dimension E310 Series, Intel Pentium 4 Processor 521 (2.80GHz) and 1MB cache
    -1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
    -Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelator 900
  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,294   +27

    It wouldn't have any problems I think. Check out the second page of reviews, the 5th post down. The guy's name is Dan and he has the same Dell as yours. He ran it perfectly without any problems, so I wouldn't think u would have any.
  15. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    The GeForce 6200 64-Bit PCI-Bus graphic card will work with your system (as long as you have the correct power supply), but will work slow on games. It only has 64-Bit memory interface, and will not give good performance on high-end games like F.E.A.R or Oblivion. There are other FX Series cards out there, like the FX5700, but I have not looked into those. Dell's are great work computers, and for home office use, but lack expandability options (had the same problem with an OptiPlex). I am not sure what to say what would be a good graphic card for you. You can also look into ATI cards that are compatible with the PCI-Bus slot.

    Here's a PCI-Express 1X Card, which is quite good:

    (The only problem is that the card is 64-Bit. Although, I would think that it's more powerful than the GeForce 6200 64-Bit)
  16. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    The downfall of the X1300 is that it uses Hypermemory, which is just a different way of say that it uses your RAM as part of the video memory.
  17. riverwind

    riverwind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    yeah, your totally right Rage 3K Moiz, I looked over every review earlier and not sure how I missed that, but it pretty much looks like I'm in the same boat as Dan...

    yeah, I hoping that shouldn't be too much of a problem...I got 1 gig of RAM and not much other programs on there..

    sweet, thanx again all of you for your appreciated feedback
  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,294   +27

    Anytime mate. What do u plan on buying then? I just want u to get the best card for ur system. The X1300 has 128MB onboard and takes more RAM from the system to make it 512MB, which totally sucks. Plus its 5 times as expensive as the 6200. IMO, go for the 6200 and forget about the X1300. But it's upto u to choose.
  19. riverwind

    riverwind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    Yeah Rage 3K Moiz, it looks like I'm going to go with the 6200, really can't beat that price and it looks like it was already tested on the same system!
  20. froglips

    froglips TS Rookie

    E310 video card upgrade ...

    OK, I need to do the same thing to my son's new E310. I have read this post and another reguarding this issue, and in the other post (a slightly different Dell) they were recommending an EVGA GeForce 7600 GT CO 256MB GDDR3 SLI PCI Express Dual DVI HDTV Video Card 256-P2-N553-AX at I realize that there is a hugh difference in price, but for this upgrade, the ability to play game for sometime into the future is the issue. There will not be any clocking or the like done, and by what I have read, the 305 vdc PSU should be able to handle it as well. Can anyone give me your opinion on this issue?

    Thanks up front for your time and help.
  21. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,534   +250

    Except the 7600 GT you mentioned needs a PCI-E x16 slot. The E310 has two PCI and one PCI-E x1 slots. It won't fit.
  22. froglips

    froglips TS Rookie

    I saw someone write about that x1 vs x16 but did not take proper notice of it.

    Thanks much for enlightening me about the difference.
  23. Some_noob

    Some_noob TS Rookie

    e310 card upgrade

    I have the same model computer as riverwind, and I need to upgrade my video card to play oblivion. I have already tried dell (&@#!) and I was wondering what one of you guys might recomend. I looked a the links you gave but I am really no good at this... do you think you could help me out??
  24. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,294   +27

    The best card for that PC is the 3DFuzion Geforce 6200. Seems to be out of stock everywhere although one guy's selling it on Amazon for $99. But that's too much considering that had it for only $36. U might wanna wait a while until it's available elsewhere since it's been deactivated(what's that?) on Newegg. An alternative would be the Geforce FX5500.
  25. Some_noob

    Some_noob TS Rookie

    ok, I looked on newegg for for a Geforce FX5500 PCI, and they had three in stock two being 256, which I assume is what I need, the BFG PCI Video Card and the 3D Fuzion PCI Video Card. (forgive me for this) which would be the best to run a game like oblivion? Looks to me like its the 3D fuzion but after the crap I went through will dell I want to make absolutly sure this will work.

    And thanks for your help on this :)
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