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post #1 of 25 Old 12-16-2009, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Video card upgrade for gaming question

I have a dell e510 with ati x300.
I just bought microsoft flight sim 2004 and I am still waiting for it to get here. Only problem is I think my video card is not going to work. I tried using it for the fsx version and it said my vidoe card was the problem.

What is needed to upgrade and what card can I use?

I have never done this type of upgrade before so I have know idea what I need. Also I would love to be able to display 2-4 screens, but I don't want to spend a fortune if thats what it takes to display more than one.

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post #2 of 25 Old 12-16-2009, 11:50 PM
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If I found the right Dell e510 that is a fairly old P4 based system but it does have PCI-e x16. Looks like pretty much any PCI-e single slot card will work but no need to go overboard with the limits of the CPU. Something like the ATI Radeon HD 4830 is likely a good choice. Looks like newegg has them for under $100.

I'm pretty sure most every recent video card supports at least 2 monitors.
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As stated above you are going to be limited by the P4 cpu as far as what it can handle in throughput from/to the GPU. So no need to go overboard unless you are planning a system upgrade in the near future.

Since ATI was discussed already and is not my fav. I would go with an Nvidia card personally. For the P4 the max card you could use without limiting the new cards ability cuz of your P4, is the GTX260.

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As stated above you are going to be limited by the P4 cpu as far as what it can handle in throughput from/to the GPU. So no need to go overboard unless you are planning a system upgrade in the near future.

Since ATI was discussed already and is not my fav. I would go with an Nvidia card personally. For the P4 the max card you could use without limiting the new cards ability cuz of your P4, is the GTX260.
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I've had both Nvidia and ATI..and by far I've had better luck with ATI. My first Nvidia card was a Geforce 2 MX and it was fine..but then I got my dad's old Geforce 3 TI 200 had SO many problems I went back to the 2. Since then I've had ATI and never had a problem. I upgraded my card a couple of months ago when my old one died (Ran it too hot in my old case that had crappy airflow) and WAS totally going to go Nvidia. Until I found out the ATI 4890 I bought totally beat the tar out of the Nvidia I was looking at..and was similar price.


Look at the recommended (not minimum) specs for the flight sim game and go from there.



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I've had both Nvidia and ATI..and by far I've had better luck with ATI. My first Nvidia card was a Geforce 2 MX and it was fine..but then I got my dad's old Geforce 3 TI 200 had SO many problems I went back to the 2. Since then I've had ATI and never had a problem. I upgraded my card a couple of months ago when my old one died (Ran it too hot in my old case that had crappy airflow) and WAS totally going to go Nvidia. Until I found out the ATI 4890 I bought totally beat the tar out of the Nvidia I was looking at..and was similar price.


Look at the recommended (not minimum) specs for the flight sim game and go from there.
The 4800 series is a safe bet for most as you probably won't need a new power supply to hook it up.

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Nvidia may leapfrog ATI with their next $600 card, but for now ATI is the champ. If you have $300 to spend, the Radeon HD 5850 is the best bang for your buck.
I've got a pair of 5850's in Crossfire and they are awesome. I still wish Nvidia was ahead in cards since ATI always seem to have driver issues ranging from minor to very annoying.
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The 4800 series is a safe bet for most as you probably won't need a new power supply to hook it up.
I **** near needed a new power supply. I'm glad the ASUS I got came with plug adapters.
Required an 8 pin and a 6 pin. Took the 2 6 pins from the PSU to make it into an 8 pin..then 2 molex into a 6 pin.

EDIT: Oh yeah Brandon..when you get a card make sure you get one from a reputable manufacturer (ask here). Some have lifetime warranties..the asus one I have doesn't but Asus is a badass company so I'm not really concerned..plus it came with an awesome cooling setup.



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My husbands Nvidia 9800GT just failed yesterday........so we are doing video card shopping. I am not sure which way he is leaning, ATI or Nvidia.

It is easy to overpay for a card that has awesome stats, but is too much for your PC. The P4 will limit your performance.

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