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  1. Ohfoohy

    Ohfoohy Active Member

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    How do I know if a graphics card is compatible with my computer?
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    First you have to determine the interface AGP,PCI, PCI Express, ect.

    What type of slot do you have?

    EDIT:
    Here's a convetional PCI slot.

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    PCI Express x1

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    Its a conventional PCI.
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    What brand and model? What year?
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    It's Dell(yes I know!) Dimension 4600
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    Lets see, it's an older computer so it does not have a PCI Express x16 slot (the kind that cards use now). If you want another card you'd have to upgrade the motherboard, which may/may not require you to upgrade processors (if you could find a socket 478 motherboard with a PCIe x16 slot then you would not need to upgrade the CPU), and then you'd have to upgrade ram, and i'm sure you'd have to upgrade the power supply, and get a new copy of windows (the windows that is preloaded on Dells (at least it is now) is tied to the motherboard. Replace the motherboard and it won't boot). At this point it's probably best to just go and buy a new computer. Sorry...
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    Upgrading the graphics card in that computer would be quite the hassle.

    Canada build/buy a cheap computer: www.NCIX.com

    USA build/buy a cheap computer: www.ibuypower.com

    You can build one easily for 400-800 dollars.
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    Okay, I'm "building" a computer now and I don't know the difference between all of the graphics cards, except some have more RAM then others. Thanks for all you help thus far. I will , hopefully, soon get a job and then buy this with my 3rd or 4th paycheck.

    EDIT: Okay, for $800 here's what I chose: (Tell me what you think)
    Intel Core 2 DDR3 Configurator
    Case ( Nzxt Alpha Gaming Tower Case - Black )
    Processor ( Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8400 (2x 3.0GHz/6MB L2 Cache/1333FSB) )
    Motherboard ( Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3LR Intel P45 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, PCI-E MB )
    Memory ( 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR3-1333 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )
    Video Card ( ATI Radeon HD 4670 PCI-Express x16 – 1GB - Single Card )
    Case Lighting ( Cold Cathode Neon Light - Blue )
    Power Supply ( 450 Watt -- Standard Power Supply )
    Processor Cooling ( Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink )
    Hard Drive ( 500 GB HARD DRIVE - [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache] )
    2nd Hard Drive ( 320 GB HARD DRIVE - [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache] )
    2nd Optical Drive ( 16x DVD-ROM Drive - Black )
    Optical Drive ( [** Special !!! ***] LG 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )
    Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
    Speaker System ( iBUYPOWER 2.1 Channel Stereo Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System )
    Network Card ( Intel Pro 10/100/1000 Network Card )
    Mouse ( iBUYPOWER 1600 dpi High Sensitivity Internet Mouse - Black )
    Operating System ( None- Pre-formatted Hard Drive Only )
    Warranty ( Standard Warranty Service - Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
    Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days )
    Advanced Build Options ( iBUYPOWER Specialized Advanced Packaging System - Protect your investment during transportation! )
    USB 2.0 Accessories ( Built-in USB 2.0 Ports )
    Headset ( SYBA Circumaural Stereo Headphone with Built-in Microphone )
    iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion ( Internal USB Expansion System )
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    I recently put a Diamond Stealth Radeon 9250 Graphics Card in my Dimension 2400 and i am completely satisfied. Technically, shouldn't a graphics card always be compatible as long as it matches the slot that it goes in?
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    Seems solid. Graphics card is getting a little old but it's still better than mine (I gots a 8600gt 256mb). I don't think DDR3 ram is compatible with Core 2 processors though.

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