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Old 04-08-2010, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,
I got a PC from my friend which he didn't use and apparently it doesn't have a video card. It is a Dell XPS 400 and he said that it was a custom built one too. The processing system looks like it is an Intel V//V from the sticker.
I was wondering if I could get help on choosing a video card for the CPU. I am willing to spend maximum of $200. I read some other forums and googled for a while and from what i read GEForce 8800GTX was highly recommended. I was wondering if there are any better cards for good gaming performance and would also work on my PC.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes there are better card out there.

though, the stock 375w power supply won't cut it for a card like that or something better. do you know if your friend upgraded the stock power supply?

if not, then you'll also have to buy a better one to support a better card.
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hes not even sure. Doesn't know much about computers.. is there a way to check it?
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open it up.

take the side panel off of the case and it should say on a sticker that's on the power supply itself.
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Yes it is 375 W. I talked to Best buy and they recommended me the XFX - ATI RADEON HD 4350 1GB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card. Is this card good enough for online games like COD, CSS, and games like GTA IV?
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Sure if you wanna play them on low. Best Buy and Futureshop are possibly the biggest rip offs known to man for computer parts.

Could get something like these
Newegg.com - POWERCOLOR AX5750 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5750 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Power Supplies
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he could run that 5750 on a corsair 400w
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

or if you're willing to spend your max of $200, you could get the next model up, a 5770
Newegg.com - POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
while still using that corsair 400w.
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