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Dimension 520 Upgrade of Graphics Card

  • Hello all,

     

    Im hoping the people of this forum will be able to help me, as i havent had a straight answer or help so far.


    I want to upgrade the Graphics Card, i have the X1300. I want something relatively up to date but affordable, i keep seeing the 8800GT but i was also recommended an ATi Radeon HD3870 and the nVidia 9600GT.

     

    But i dont know if the PSU will handle it, its only 305W i think. 

     

    If someone would be kind enough to recommend something and advise if i can use it or need to upgrade something else.

     

    Cheers for anything i get here.

  • Hi...

        

     

          These are the list of all the video cards which would work on the system.

    nVidia, Quadro NVS 285, 128MB, DMS-59, ULGA7 CRD,GRPHC,128,NVS,285,ULGA7
    ATI TV Wonder Elite, TVT2DT, PCI-E x1, Full Height, Media Center Edition 2005 CRD,
    nVidia GeForce 7300 LE, 128MB, VGA DVI & TV Outs, MRMGA10 CRD,GRPHC,128,7300,LE,MRMGA1
    ATI Theater 650 Pro Combo Analog/Digital TV Tuner Full Height NTSC/ATSC TVT7 CRD,MM,TVT7,DT,FH,NTSC,ATSC
    GRAPHICS, 7300, LOW ENCRYPTION, MRMGA10, 2 CRD,GRPHC,7300,LE,MRMGA10,2
    nVidia GeForce 7900 GTX, 512MB, Dual DVI and HDTV out via dongle, UHMGA14 CRD,GRPHC,512,7900,UHMGA14,MEM
    ATI Radeon X1300 Pro, PCI-e X16, 256MB, DMS-59, Full Height, OPGA4 CRD,GRPHC,X1300,PRO,OPGA4,FH
    nVidia Quadro FX 4500, 512MB, Stereo Connector  CRD,GRPHC,512,FX,4500,HEGA14
    nVidia Geforce 7900 GS PCI-e X16, 256MB, With Dual DVI and HDTV out via dongle, HMGA14 CRD,GRPHC,256,7900,GS,HMGA14
    ATI Radeon X1300, PCI-e 16X,128MB, Full Height, DVI, TV Out, OUGA4 CRD,GRPHC,X1300,OUGA4,FH
    ATI Radeon X1300 Pro, PCI-e X16, 256MB, DMS-59, Low Profile, OPGA4 CRD,GRPHC,X1300,PRO,OPGA4,LP
    ATI Radeon X1300, PCI-e 16X,128MB, Low Profile, DVI, TV Out, OUGA4 CRD,GRPHC,X1300,OUGA4,LP
    ATI Radeon X1300, PCI-e 16X,128MB, Low Profile, DVI, TV Out, OUGA4 CRD,GRPHC,X1300,OUGA4,LP,
    nVidia Quadro FX3450, 256MB, Dual DVI Outs, MRGA12 CRD,GRPHC,256,FX3450,MRGA12
    ATI Radeon X1300 Pro, PCI-e X16, 256MB, Dual DVI, TV Out, MRMGA+2 CRD,GRPHC,256,X1300,MRMGA+2
    ATI Radeon X1300, PCI-e 16X,128MB, Full Height, DVI, TV Out, OUGA4, 2nd CRD,GRPHC,X1300,OUGA4,FH,2ND
     XG859 nVidia Quadro FX 550, 128MB, ELGA10

     

    You dont require to upgrade the power supply in case you purchase any card in the above list.

     

    Regards

     

    Adarsh

  • 9600 GT has been installed on a number of systems with a 300 watt power supply so yours will work as well.  A 8800 GT card is working on a number of members 305 watt power supply but its cutting it very close.  Those that have them working do not have additional hard drives, optical drives and the pci slots are not filled up but I would not chance it.

     

    This power supply will work for you if you go with a 8800 GT card

     

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153052

    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! they all appear to be the same graphics card though well the nvidia version and what i have.

     

    Is there nothing slightly more up to date? I want to be able to play a new game that is released this year at semi-decent graphics, with a good Frame rate.

  • New games this year, then get nothing less then a 9600 GT or 8800 GT card.  Even with either one it will not play some of the games at a high settings and you will have to lower the game settings some.  Other games they will play just fine.

    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

  • nVidia, Quadro NVS 285, 128MB, DMS-59, ULGA7 CRD,GRPHC,128,NVS,285,ULGA7
    ATI TV Wonder Elite, TVT2DT, PCI-E x1, Full Height, Media Center Edition 2005 CRD,
    nVidia GeForce 7300 LE, 128MB, VGA DVI & TV Outs, MRMGA10 CRD,GRPHC,128,7300,LE,MRMGA1
    GRAPHICS, 7300, LOW ENCRYPTION, MRMGA10, 2 CRD,GRPHC,7300,LE,MRMGA10,2
    nVidia GeForce 7900 GTX, 512MB, Dual DVI and HDTV out via dongle, UHMGA14 CRD,GRPHC,512,7900,UHMGA14,MEM
    ATI Radeon X1300 Pro, PCI-e X16, 256MB, DMS-59, Full Height, OPGA4 CRD,GRPHC,X1300,PRO,OPGA4,FH
    nVidia Quadro FX 4500, 512MB, Stereo Connector  CRD,GRPHC,512,FX,4500,HEGA14
    nVidia Geforce 7900 GS PCI-e X16, 256MB, With Dual DVI and HDTV out via dongle, HMGA14 CRD,GRPHC,256,7900,GS,HMGA14
    ATI Radeon X1300, PCI-e 16X,128MB, Full Height, DVI, TV Out, OUGA4 CRD,GRPHC,X1300,OUGA4,FH
    ATI Radeon X1300 Pro, PCI-e X16, 256MB, DMS-59, Low Profile, OPGA4 CRD,GRPHC,X1300,PRO,OPGA4,LP
    ATI Radeon X1300, PCI-e 16X,128MB, Low Profile, DVI, TV Out, OUGA4 CRD,GRPHC,X1300,OUGA4,LP
    ATI Radeon X1300, PCI-e 16X,128MB, Low Profile, DVI, TV Out, OUGA4 CRD,GRPHC,X1300,OUGA4,LP,
    nVidia Quadro FX3450, 256MB, Dual DVI Outs, MRGA12 CRD,GRPHC,256,FX3450,MRGA12
    ATI Radeon X1300 Pro, PCI-e X16, 256MB, Dual DVI, TV Out, MRMGA+2 CRD,GRPHC,256,X1300,MRMGA+2
    ATI Radeon X1300, PCI-e 16X,128MB, Full Height, DVI, TV Out, OUGA4, 2nd CRD,GRPHC,X1300,OUGA4,FH,2ND
     XG859 nVidia Quadro FX 550, 128MB, ELGA10


     

    In RED are junk.  Don't even consider them

     

    In BlUE are business cards, not for gaming per se

     

    In PINK are good directx 9 cards. 

    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

  • SR45 sorry i missed your reply it was a minute before mine so was already replying.

     

    I went for the 8800GT as ive seen it used by other users and your recommendation.

     

    However i am in the UK, if i cant find that exact model of PSU in the UK have you got an UK suggestion?

     

    And how easy is it to change the PSU in the dell? Ive done a fair bit of work inside a computer, graphics cards, ram, removal of MOBO and replacement, etc but PSU ive never touched before.

     

    Cheers bud!

  • How about This PSU?

  • I am not familiar with that P/S you linked to and I would be concerned with a cheap one.  Your stock power supply should be OK for the 8800 GT card as has been mentioned many others have upgraded their 305 watt systems with it.  As long as you do not overload the computer with additional hard drives, optical drives and filling up the PCI slots.

     

    Removing a power supply and upgrading it is not difficult.  Instructions below

     

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime520/en/SM_EN/parts.htm#wp1461861

    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

  • its ordered, i hope within a couple days its here. If its not enough power i assume basically the card wont run? and i'll either have no image, or it will just beep.

     

    If thats the case then i'll definitely have to get some help on a new PSU. That PSU is on offer from around £28 so ~ $55

  • Why not try the stock first, then the new one if things do not work out as I hope they will  ?


     

    Edit:  Forgot one thing.  The stock power supply does not have enough 4 pin connectors to hook up to the video card nor a one 6 pin power connector either so a work around is linked below.  The new one may have this 6 pin power connector cable

     


    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 connector that eliminates 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.


    One 6 pin to one 4 pin power cable for the U.K. folks

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0017MS3EK/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=

    Message Edited by SR45 on 08-30-2008 01:03 PM

    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

  • ahh cheers, just realised dont have a 4pin in my E520, so got a SATA to Molex converter, then a molex splitter, and then what you linked me to.

     

    Long winded but hey it should work.

  • Let us know of the outcome and good luck

    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

  • All connected all working, i think.

     

    When i turn it on it says it detects nothing in drive 4, and when i turn it off the DVD drive doesnt work. So as soon as i switched the sata cable from graphics card to dvd drive, it worked and dvd drive worked too.

     

    Just tested medievil 2 total war at full graphics every option and not a drop of lag, very impressed and huge thanks for all your help SR45!