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Old 10-23-2005, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Upgrading a Dell AGP Card..

Hey everyone, sorry I haven't been around much.

I have an older Dell I want to upgrade for when my friends come over and play Source. Now here is what it is running on:

1.8 GHZ P4 400 FSB
768MB PC2100 RAM
ATI Radeon 9550

Now according to the PSU Wattage calculator, it says that with what listed above and a few other things that I use 209 out of the available 250 watts. Now if I decided to buy a vanilla 6800, it says it would use 218 out of my 250 watts.

It says that the maximum wattage that can be used by a video card without extra power is 40 watts.

So the vanilla would use 40 watts then need an additional 9 watts from the molex connector.

So what would be the best card to use?

Oh and please don't say it can't run source, I can play it on medium settings just fine, I think 1GB and a new video card won't be bad at all.

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Old 10-23-2005, 10:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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6600GT or 9800pro(pst my 9800pro is for sale

i used my 9800pro on a 200W power supply, and just put it in my new build and its working fine

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Your 9550 is fine for playing source, I would be more worried about the CPU. But maybee source is better with low end CPU's with the new optimization
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Old 10-23-2005, 02:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would keep what you have and if you want to upgrade, I would build a new custom setup.
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i can run source on a 5700LE

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