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pci-e graphics card recommendation for dell dimension 5150

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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Processor = p4 3.2 ht

Looking on getting renewing my graphics card I currently have a ati x1550 but want the best card which won't be restricted by the bottle neck of the processor.

I've had in the machine 7800 gtx and a 8800 gtx (case and heat sink modded to fit ), each needed a separate power supply but each also had very similar fps in the games I played.

I suspect even the 7800 gtx's performance was also bottlenecked.

I'm not bothered if the new card would be also bottlenecked in the right circumstance price/performance/power consumption, I'm not looking to have a secondary power supply for a new card.

power supply is:

Input Voltage: 100 to 120 V at 60Hz, 200 to 240V at 50Hz
Output Wattage: 305W maximum continuous
Heat Dissipation: 560.5 BTU/hour
Backup Battery: 3.0 V CR2032 coin cell

Thanks for any advice

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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Bottlenecking is nothing to do with the system itself, it's the usage you put it to.

Tom's Hardware lists the 7800GTX as roughly equal to the Geforce GT220 and Radeon 4650 so either of them would be a good choice.
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EndlessWaves
Bottlenecking is nothing to do with the system itself, it's the usage you put it to. .


sorry to be a pain but could you explain
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antony4462
sorry to be a pain but could you explain


Ok, that wasn't terribly well phrased. I was just trying to point out is that there's no magic point when the CPU or GPU starts bottlenecking a game, it depends entirely on the game. There are games that are very light on the CPU and your CPU might not bottleneck even the latest graphics card in that game but there are also games that are very CPU heavy and where you may see no improvement over your x1550.
#4
Thank you, makes complete sense even with my thick skull.
:)

Seems the game's I'd like to play are demanding in both :) the dell is the wife's computer and she's shown interest in playing multi player games with me. (My system core 2 E8400, nividia 260).

current performance (x1550 + 3.2ghz p4)
battlefield heroes (plays now at very low detail).
Grid (no chance)
Call of duty 4 (run's but with performance related lag)
But she'd really like left 4 dead (not run the game on either system yet).
I would like her do be able to play modern warfare 2 at any resolution/ detail.

The best compatible CPU is:

Pentium D 950 3.4 GHz, 2x2MB, 800MHz, LGA775, C1, but with a very minor complication of a key press on each boot.

Graphics: As in the post but I wouldn't mind knowing what the best compatible card would be for my power supply.

Would you know if it's possible to get a btx motherboard upgrade at an cost affective price.
#5
Ive got the 5150 too, Ive just bought the Radeon 4650 (it was on superspecial at aria for £29+p&p) might be a bit dearer now. Havent had any probs, my last card fried (i didnt clean it for ages) that was a 6600gt DDR3, I reckon the new radeon (only DDR2) is only slightly faster but it works ok with the 305w psu, havent had any problems yet.

i got this one: http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/XFX+ATI+Radeon+HD+4650+XXX+512MB+DDR2+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=39055
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antony4462
The best compatible CPU is:

Pentium D 950 3.4 GHz, 2x2MB, 800MHz, LGA775, C1, but with a very minor complication of a key press on each boot.

Graphics: As in the post but I wouldn't mind knowing what the best compatible card would be for my power supply.

Would you know if it's possible to get a btx motherboard upgrade at an cost affective price.


When you said a Pentium 4 HT I thought you were talking about one of the six year old Socket 478 ones. The 950 is quite a bit better and dual-core but it's still four years old so I still wouldn't expect very much from it.

A BTX motherboard upgrade is going to be difficult, only Dell really started using it and the rest of the industry stuck with ATX.

Best graphics card for the power supply? It depends on how much current (amperes) it provides on the 12 volt rail - the sticker on the side of the PSU should say.
#7
Looking around a bit more it appears as if the Pentium D 950 isn't quite as bad as I thought it'd be, although it's still quite a bit slower than even today's entry level processors like a Celeron E3400. (e.g. http://www.hardware.fr/articles/778-10/comparatif-geant-131-processeurs-intel-amd.html).

Going by gamespot's CoD4 performance guide it appears like a Pentium D 950 + GT220/4650 should be good enough to run that at respectable settings.

L4D is a source engine game so it should run fairly well on minimum settings, there are some tests with older CPUs here.

If you're looking to upgrade to motherboard, and the processor, and potentially the memory (you'll need 2GB for some games) then I'd check the prices for all of it first, you can can a brand new system that's faster for £250-300, and for £405 you can get her a system that's as fast as yours so it doesn't make sense to spend too much on it.

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