Desktops forum

General discussion

Upgrading Video Card

by thevoiceofzeke / August 10, 2008 1:54 PM PDT

Hey again, folks.



First I want to thank you guys for helping me out with my RAM situation. I upgraded to 3gigs, got the RAM from Crucial.com, and it was quick and easy.



Now I need to upgrade my video card. I currently have a GeForce7300LE, and I want to upgrade to one supported by Warhammer Online (see below). My questions are: (1) Which card would you recommend based on price and performance?, (2) Will I need to replace my power supply?, (3) How hard is it/would you recommend replacing the card myself or paying for professional service?, and (4) Which cards are compatible with my Dell Dimension E521?



Here are my system specs, current:

Dell Dimension DIME521

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+

2.10GHz, 3.00 GB of RAM



Information specifically pertaining to my video card:

NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE (PCI Slot 6)

PCI Express: Connector - one x16, 164 pins, 16 lanes (this means I can use PCI-E x16 cards, right?)

Poer Supply: 306W





Lastly, the compatible video cards for Warhammer Online:

ATI Radeon(TM) series

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Upgrading Video Card
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Upgrading Video Card
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
suggestions
by ramarc / August 11, 2008 12:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Upgrading Video Card

if you don't want to upgrade your power supply, this is your best choice: 9500gt, $78 before $10 rebate, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125229

if you're willing to add this $40 power supply: antec basiq, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371019
then this 9600gt would be a good choice for $105: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133216

cards are easy to replace... 10 minutes or so. the power supply is a bit more work since it plugs into everything (2-3 connections on the mobo, a connection to each drive, etc.).

Collapse -
Hmm
by thevoiceofzeke / August 11, 2008 11:15 PM PDT
In reply to: suggestions

How come that card is so much cheaper than, say, this 8800GT:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130319&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-14-130-319-_-Homepage


The things you posted sound awesome because they're so inexpensive, but are they going to be reliable? There are no customer reviews on that card.

Also, someone recommended this psu (way pricier than the one you posted):

http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-PPCS500D-Certified/dp/B0017XEGCM


Are you sure the things you posted will work with my Dell E521 and won't be cheap pieces of junk? =/.

If you are, then this problem is pretty much resolved. =D

Collapse -
i never suggest junk
by ramarc / August 12, 2008 3:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Hmm

low prices, but not junk.

video card prices are falling quickly. here's a pny 8800gt/512mb for $119 (with a game): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133232
and the same card for $109 (w/o game): http://www.buy.com/prod/pny-xlr8-geforce-8800gt-512mb-pci-e-2-0-sli-ready-video-card-pny/q/loc/101/206166489.html

as long as the manufacturer sticks with the reference design (meaning they buy the cards from nvidia's manufacturing partner and stick their own label on it) and doesn't factory-overclock, there's no difference in quality between brands. factory-overlclocked cards, cards with faster memory, and cards with upgraded cooling cost more than the reference design.

as for the power supply, some dells use proprietary power connections and won't work with a standard atx power supply. fortunately, the e521 sticks to the standard.
you can confirm this yourself by reviewing dell's power connection documentation here:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime521/en/SM_EN/techov.htm#wp1060548
and the atx v2.2 standard here:
http://www.hardwarebook.info/ATX_v2.2_Power_Supply

so, your e521 can accomodate any standard atx power supply. antec is a good brand and the basiq is their entry-level no frills power supply. here's a review. http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTM5NywxNywsODA=
of course you could spend more for a higher end power supply, but the basiq will handle your pc and an 8800gt/9600gt without problem.

Collapse -
case closed
by thevoiceofzeke / August 12, 2008 5:42 AM PDT
In reply to: i never suggest junk

Great, thanks a ton for all the information. You guys haven't failed me yet!

-Zeke

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?