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Windows 7: upgrade to what?

21 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 pro 32 bit
upgrade to what?

I have a Dell pc with a Radeon X1300/X1550 graphics card, if I were to replace it with a more up to date card should I just stick with the radeon make all will any card fit in?

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21 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Any card will fit if there is space inside the case for it.
Model of your Dell will help determine what is compatible.
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21 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 pro 32 bit

Dell Dimentions E521
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21 Jan 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Expansion Slots
PCI: 2 Slots
PCIe x1: 1 Slot
PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 Slots
You could put just about anything you want in there, depending on how much your budget is ...
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21 Jan 2011   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

according to this page, you've only got a 305 watt power supply unit.

so, high-end super-gaming cards are out of the question, unless you also upgrade your psu, but i don't think you're a gamer.

as Tews mentioned - what's your budget and what do you want to do with the new card?
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21 Jan 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Be very careful with the PSU in that Dell. If you go into the high end cards the power draw could be devastating to it's rail ! I would open it up and read it's power and get back to us. Then use this little calculator to compute the new systems draw and make sure you have plenty of reserve !
eXtreme Power Supply Calculator
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21 Jan 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Specs here,

Dell Dimension E521 Product Details | Dell

specs on the 305W PSU here,

Dell Dimension E310, E520, E521, 3100, 5100 305W Power Supply - MH495 / NPS-305FB

Two rails at 18A each helps, but the 305W total will still limit what you can run off of it. Next question is, how much are you looking to spend.
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21 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 pro 32 bit

Not sure if there is a 6 pin power suply in there so I will be after something that does not need that....

Saw some Radeon HD 5670 on Ebay.....will this be good for my system?

Asus 1gb Radeon Hd 5670 Pci-E 2.1 Hdmi Graphics Card
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21 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 pro 32 bit

Processor AMD Athlon (tm) 64x2 Dual Core 4200+ 2.2ghz
Installed Ram 4 gb
32 bit operating system
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21 Jan 2011   #10

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

With almost any of the newer cards, you are going to need a better power supply...
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