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Dell Optiplex GX280 & new video card reccomendations

by minnow101 / February 5, 2005 9:36 AM PST

Got the above with the 2.53 ghz. Celeron, 512 MB DDR memory, open AGP slot. Need your thoughts on a $100 or less(don't do serious gaming) video card. Would you reccomend a AGP or PCI type ? What do I have to do to disable the video controller after installing the new card ? Any other advice you can offer is appreicaited as I know little about video cards(other than the fact that some of the on-line games I do play are freezing up and aggravating the heck out me).

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Dell Optiplex GX280
by John Robie / February 6, 2005 9:52 AM PST

You have a Dell business machine, but with your model, there is no reason for not having some good gaming. Your Chipset, from what you have furnished, should be the 915G which your particular one came with the new Intel Integrated GMA 900 graphics that is very good, much improved over the Intel Integrated Extreme Graphics. Your 915G chipset also allows a PCI-Express card which replaces the AGP card. Chipsets with PCI-Express slots do not have an AGP slot.

Newegg.com has a very large selections of graphic cards and is a reliable company. At http://www.newegg.com/app/manufact.asp?catalog=48&DEPA=1on the left "Advance Search" under "Interface" select PIC-Express. Scroll down to price and in MIN type $90, MAX $125.
My suggestion is the Nvidia 6600 PCI-Express at $119 which performs better than the ATI Radeon X600 Pro PCI-Express.

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Forgot to say
by John Robie / February 6, 2005 10:03 AM PST
In reply to: Dell Optiplex GX280

yes, on almost all the newer integrated PC's with a slot for PCI-Express, the system should recognize the card automatically and not require messing with the BIOS. Buy the 'Retail' version and not the 'OEM' or 'bulk' and you should get the detailed instructions, with any CD, and other accessories as required.

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Thanks, but....
by minnow101 / February 6, 2005 9:54 PM PST
In reply to: Forgot to say

Thank you for your advice. My concern is with the 250 watt power supply. Is that enough for the card you reccommend ? I looked at some cards this weekend at Circuit city but some did not specify and others advised that a 300 watt power supply was the minimum. Thanks so much !!

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Increase Power Supply
by John Robie / February 7, 2005 1:17 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks, but....

The 250 Power Supply is not sufficient IMO for most increase of the Video Card. Like you indicate many suggest 300W. I would recommend at least a 350W at the minimum. You need to contact Dell with your model number and what other ID to see if you need a special Power Supply and if they have the 'power' you desire for your computer. Almost all the older Dell computers power supply require special connector adapters and if you don't get the right unit specifically for Dell you may fry your motherboard. I don't know about the newer later Dell model computers, if they will take a standard computer ATX power source.

Another place to check on prices and availability for Dell Power Supplys:

http://www.pcpowercooling.com/home.htm

Link to Dell on changing the Power Supply:

http://service.dell.com/dell/step/0,,33732%2026%2035991%2034528%2026028%2020117,00.html?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19

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(NT) (NT) Thanks John !
by minnow101 / February 7, 2005 7:40 AM PST
In reply to: Increase Power Supply
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video card
by cleokatz / December 6, 2009 7:55 AM PST
In reply to: Dell Optiplex GX280

It is better but 10.00 more the nivida is a much better choice.

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cheap fast will work card.
by cleokatz / October 30, 2012 12:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Dell Optiplex GX280

The g force gt 610 for 39.00 will run great in your gx280 will fit all gx 280 and works great for windows 7 been using mine for 3 months now and love it.

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