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What Video Card Would Work With My PC?

By Wheety · 6 replies
Mar 18, 2008
  1. Hi, I recently bought Medal of Honor: Airborne, and it will not work because it says my video card is not supported. I was hoping someone could recommended one that'll work in my system. I plan to get more games like this in the future. My budget for the card would be anything up to around €200. I live in Ireland.

    Here's a picture of the label on my power supply. Not sure what info you need off it.


    Here's the images from CPU-Z. If I've left out anything please let me know. Thanks.



  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    That computer is a basic, budget Dell 530. It is not really designed for high end video graphics cards.
    However, Dell lists these video cards as working with this machine:
    ATI Radeon 2400 Pro 128
    ATI Radeon 2600 Pro 256
    ATI X1300 Pro 256
    ATI TVT2
    ATI Theatre 650 Pro, and the Pro Combo
    NVidea GeForce 8300 GS 128
    NVidea GeForce 7300LE 128
    NVidea GeForce 8600 GT 256
    So anything that matches the specs of the above should work fine... But I would be extremely careful about the power requirements. The Dell power supply will not handle a high-end video graphics card... though you should still be under warranty if it does.
  3. Wheety

    Wheety TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I was thinking of upgrading my pc anyway. What would you recommend could be done to it or would I be better off building one from scratch?
  4. Scolaire

    Scolaire TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Hey you're from Dublin! I'm just after ordering a Radeon HD 3870 from, my system's not that different from yours, 'cept I just upgraded the PSU to an Antec Earthwatts 430w. There's a pretty good thread here with links to good places for Irish people to order online, is one of a few good places. My advice is to try 'em all. If you've got the money building a new pc from scratch would be great, but can get very expensive very fast. If you want to upgrade your existing system I'd say get a new PSU and graphics card, you have a P4 and 3gigs of RAM, I wouldn't say you're that badly off. Found this on the EA's support site
    So it looks like the graphics card is what'll really hold you back. Sure tell us what you're willing to spend. I think the minimum you need to upgrade is your graphics card and maybe PSU.
  5. Wheety

    Wheety TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry, I haven't been on this in a while. I could spend anything upto €300. Are you sure all I'd need to upgrade is the video card and PSU?
  6. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    Hi mate, im in london, but i would suggest a 8800GT and a HX520W psu from Corsair which should fit your budget. That psu only has 18A on the 12V rail which is insufficient.

    Look at for you goods, they have always been good to me.

    8800GT @ 214 euro :

    HX520W Corsair PSU @ 84 euro:

    sorted, well almost, make sure you motherboard supports PCIe 2.0 other than that, within budget and a mean machine.
  7. Scolaire

    Scolaire TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Bigfella's suggestions look pretty cool, but I'm just worried about a few things:
    Raybay's post (2nd in thread) doesn't list the 8800gt as working with your system, now that could be because it's information taken from before the 8800gt's time, or, it could be because it actually doesn't work. I know of no reason why it wouldn't, but best to confirm that it does first.
    Your motherboard is probably the same as mine (Dell, built around the same time) so you're probably looking for 24 pin connection from the psu to the mobo, but I'm not sure. Best to confirm that too. Nothing worse than a part arriving, and finding something like that out (believe me I know...)
    Anyway, here are his suggestions on a more Irish site, just so you have options.
    CORSAIR 520W
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