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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
A friend has asked me to buy and install a graphics card in his Dell 5150 desktop PC (about 3 years old). He is not into modern games, just some games (dont know the actual details)

He does not want to spend a lot, and has found a "generic" Raedon HD4350 512Mb PCI-E for about £30. This has a HDMI slot as well as normal VGA and DVI. It is a "low profile" card to ensure it fits in his case. I notice it only has DDR2 memory

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=374993&CatId=2697

My local PC shop has no HD4350 with HDMI out, but does have HD4550 for about the same price.

http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/product.aspx?code=GCA-XR455512

Will the HD4550 be a suitable replacement for the HD4350 (I assume it is a little more powerful).

Any better suggestions for about the same price (£30 give or take)? Must have HDMI.
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
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#2
I would open the Dell pc first before you do anything. Dell were well known for using motherboards without AGP, or PCI-E slots on their boards which forced you have to buy new again, or at least new motherboard as well if you wanted to add a graphics card. Hope this helps
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evolution07
I would open the Dell pc first before you do anything. Dell were well known for using motherboards without AGP, or PCI-E slots on their boards which forced you have to buy new again, or at least new motherboard as well if you wanted to add a graphics card. Hope this helps


Thanks. I was aware of these problems with some Dells (older ones I think)

I have downloaded the user manual for this Dell and it does talk about adding a new graphics card to the PCI-E slot, so assume it is OK. (I hope).

Friend is 150 miles away so cant just pop in to their house and check !
#4
Neither the 4350 or 4550 are very powerful and are not really gaming cards. If the system originally came with a decent graphics card (e.g. a Geforce 8600GT) then they're unlikely to be much of an upgrade, and may even be slower.

I would find out what card he's currently got as well as which are the most demanding games he plays.

HDMI is kind of irrelevent as the card will probably include a DVI to HDMI converter in the box.

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