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Noob question! Is the Dimension E520 compatible with a DDR3 graphics card?

  • Hi everyone

     

    I'm looking to upgrade my dell dimension E520 with a new graphics card

    I've decided on something in the Nvidia 8600gts range

     

    I'm wondering whether my pc can work with the DDR3 memory type used in these graphics cards

    At present i'm on a (pathetic!) ATI X1300 pro that uses DDR2

    So is a DDR3 graphics card okay for me?

     

    Its probably a really stupid question with a one word answer, but i need to be sure!

     

    Cheers,

    Rob

     

  • DDR 3 graphic cards will work just fine with that system. Your only consern is that the card has to be a single slot and not one of those wide double slot cards.  The 8600 GTS card is a fair card to have, it will fit and work with the current power supply. Your other issue is the 4 pin power connectors that are needed to hook up to the video card.  You do not have enough of them so the below solution will help in this matter.

     


    Below link takes you to a site that sells a Molex power cable that will work for your system. Its a 6 pin to 4 pin connectore that eleminates the need for two 4 pin connections, only need one. The 6 pin end goes into the video card, and the other end ( 4 pin side ) goes into a free available 4 pin power input that comes from the power supply.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812201004

    Or…..

    A SATA to 4 pin adaptor to convert those unused SATA connectors on your PSU to the 4-pin Molex connector instead.

    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20580

    Newegg has them as well for the SATA converters

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812263002

    Banchetto 101 Case-Less System

    http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/6640/295gtx.jpg 

     

    eVGA 780i Mobo

    eVGA 295 GTX Video

    8 Gb Corsair Memory

    Thermaltake TRUE Black CPU Cooler

    VelociRaptor 10,000 rpm HD

    Windows 7 RC 7100

  • One other matter I forgot.  You should uninstall the ATI driver from the system, use a driver cleaner, then install the new card (nVidia) and boot up.  Then install the nVidia card driver.

     

    http://www.drivercleaner.net/  Driver Cleaner Pro download site.


    (Now they are charging $10 for the program, where it was free before. You can try to manually clean out the old driver if you wish, but this is still a good program to have around)


    Driver Cleaner 1.5 free edition linked below...

    http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/Other-DRIVERS-TOOLS/Others/Driver-Cleaner-Professional-15.shtml

    Banchetto 101 Case-Less System

    http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/6640/295gtx.jpg 

     

    eVGA 780i Mobo

    eVGA 295 GTX Video

    8 Gb Corsair Memory

    Thermaltake TRUE Black CPU Cooler

    VelociRaptor 10,000 rpm HD

    Windows 7 RC 7100

  • Thanks mate, brilliant answer

    Very helpfull

     

    I'll be sure to get rid of the ATI drivers and thanks for saving me the dosh :)

     

    As for the power supply issue, i'm getting a thermaltake 250W additional power supply which fits into my empty drive bay, which will solely be used to power the card

     

     http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Power/PurePower/w0099/w0099.asp

     

    I'm using lots of psu power already with additional recording equipment, so for 30 quid the thermaltake is probably best option

     

    Thanks again SR45!