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Video Card upgrade?

By Dell310!
Oct 6, 2008
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  1. I have a Dell E310 but I'm tried of the crappy intregrated graphics and I don't want highly priced PCI cards.

    Whats the cheapest way I can replace my motherboard(maybe a dual core processor?) power supply+ ram and it will all fit nicely in my case. I am not worrying about the graphics card as long as i have the option for a Pci x16 card I can put in later.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,840   +165

    You would be better off if a computer savvy friend built you a custom computer
  3. Dell310!

    Dell310! TS Rookie Topic Starter

    With a 150 dollar budget?
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,840   +165

  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Try this build instead:
    Slightly over your budget but a better performing alternative to Tmagic650's proposed build, although I admit that his build gives you the option of upgrading to a Core 2 Duo later. Feel free to mix and match between both, but I recommend the FSP PSU over that particular Antec model, since the latter is basically (pun unintended) B-stock.
  6. godson

    godson TS Rookie Posts: 40

    I don't think you can put atx mobo's in the e310 its a btx case..
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Ah yes, excellent point godson, I missed that. The position I\O connectors and add-in card slots on a BTX motherboard is the opposite of that on an ATX motherboard, so you can physically fit an ATX motherboard in a BTX case and vice-versa.

    @Dell310!, better increase your budget a little to include a new case. Alternatively, try looking on eBay for an appropriate BTX motherboard.
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,840   +165

    These are micro ATX boards... you might miss a PCI slot but they should fit... Like I originally said "have someone build you a computer"... With the addition of a case you would be looking at under $300 minus labor charges from a friend. I could build a similar barebones system plus labor for $400
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