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What Gprapic Card to get

By dkardaris
Sep 7, 2007
  1. I have a dell dimension 8400 with a 350W power supply.

    What card should I get? Only ATI

    a ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT PCI-E or a ATi Radeon HD 2600 Pro PCI-E or would a Xt1900 do me better?
     
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Why are you choosing ati over nvidea, any specific reason?
     
  3. dkardaris

    dkardaris TS Rookie Topic Starter

    because my only experience with Nvidia wasnt good.
     
  4. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    Your psu has 28amps.
    Avoid the HD2600's, you can do better. (they would work though)
    X1950Pro should be fine. the X1900XT's might be out of reach.
     
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    You could run an 8800 card with that psu (8800GTS). I agree with Codex about Nvidia but the OP has their mind set on ati.
    Two things to consider when running an ati card on a Dell:
    1.Dell chipsets are either Intel or Nvidia
    2.Older Dell systems sometimes have compatibility issues with the X1000's
     
  6. dkardaris

    dkardaris TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well the deal is this. Currently I have 1600 Pro 515 in there. Works excellent. When I got the 8600GT almost had a meltdown as my temp jumped to 113 C. So I just feel safer with ati's.

    This card is probably going to be for one more year till I upgrade the system
     
  7. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    Sounds like a driver issue. When going from Ati to Nvidia(or visa-versa) you have to completely un-install the old drivers and should use a driver cleaner program. If anything Ati cards run hotter and use more power than Nvidia.
     
  8. 8IronBob

    8IronBob TS Rookie

    Well, if you do decide to go nVidia, I would definitely go with an EVGA over any other distributor. They seem to be bar none the best when it comes to their warranty and "step-up" program. Sounds worth the while, if you ask me.
     
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