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Old 12-25-2006, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sup everyone, new here. And need some help upgrading my Dell Dimension 4600 Desktop.

Basically, i just wanna buy a new graphics card besides the Intel one i have that came with the computer. But the thing is, i have no idea on what to get.

The questions that i have are, could i just buy any card and install it? Or is there some certain cards that are only compatible with my computer. I'm not looking for a high-end graphics card, just a mid-level card, that could get me some decent frame rates in my games.

Any help would be grateful.

P.S. Merry Christmas everyone.
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Old 12-25-2006, 05:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looking at the dimension 4600 specs, it says you have an AGP 8x slot. So you need an AGP graphics card. What is your budget first of all?
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$300-400
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This is the best AGP graphics card you can get, if you're not looking on upgrading your system anytime soon:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143046

I'm not saying you should do this, but if it was my money, I would save up for a new system.
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Awesome thanks for the help, here's another question.

With that graphics card would i have to buy any other parts to support it? Or am i fine just buying that and installing it?
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Hmm....I'm not sure but the minimum power supply says:
A minimum 400W system power supply (with 12V current rating of 20A or more). Do you know how much your power supply is?
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Alright, is there a way i can check if i have the minimum system power supply?
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I was looking at the specs again for the dimension 4600, and it says 250W power supply. So I think you would have to upgrade the power supply. If you want heres one I suggest. I have it, and it's great.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104953
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Awesome, so thats all i would need right?

Also, would they come with manuals on how to install them? Or would i have to search for it.
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The video card will come with a manual on how to install it. Oh and a note on the drivers. Don't use the cd that the video card came with. Just download the newest video drivers at the website:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_93.71.html

I'm not sure about the power supply coming with a manual on how to connect stuff, but if you get stuck anyhwere, we can help you.
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