What Video Card do I need???

November 25, 2005 at 23:02:52
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition V, 2.60 GHz

I got my husband the game Alexander and it won't run because we need to upgrade our video card...on the system requirements it states the supported cards are:NVIDIA® GeForce™ 3/4/FX/6 families (excluding GeForce 4 MX)...ATI Radeon 8500/9000/X families...Matrox Parhelia. I don't know which card I should get that doesn't cost more than $150.00 or so price range I want to stay in...Can someone please help!!??

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November 26, 2005 at 01:22:32

The 6600gt by NVidia, only 140$ and it is a TERRIFIC card, plays all games to date on high settings.

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November 26, 2005 at 06:36:43

"The 6600gt by NVidia, only 140$ and it is a TERRIFIC card, plays all games to date on high settings"

You can't just arbitrarily blurt out a card without knowing the specs of the system.

- 1st, you need to know what upgrade slots you have available for a video card. Many lower end Dells don't have an AGP slot. Before considering any card, you have to know what slot type.

- 2nd, if you do have an AGP slot & wanna get a higher end card like the 6600GT, you'll have to verify that your power supply (PSU) can handle the extra load. Not only does the card have to plug into the AGP slot, but it also has to connect to the PSU because the AGP slot doesn't provide sufficient power. If your PSU isn't powerful enough, you'd either have to upgrade that as well, or get a lower end card that doesn't require the plug-in.

1st things 1st - find out what slot type you have available...

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November 26, 2005 at 21:57:46

Thank you for the advice...I am not sure how to find out if I have an AGP slot...can you tell me how? I don't know if this helps but here is my computer info...

Dell Dimension 2400
Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.60GHz 2.59GHz, 256MB of RAM

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November 27, 2005 at 07:08:38

The Dell Dimension 2400 has 3 PCI slots & no AGP slot:


The choices in PCI video cards are slim. When looking for cards, make sure it states that the memory is 128-bit...64-bit cards are about 40% slower. 128-bit is a selling point & is usally listed in the product description. If it's doesn't say, it's probably 64-bit. 128MB is fine, 256MB isn't necessarily better. And get a card that supports DirectX 9. All those requirements will severely limit your choices, but here's a couple of possibilities:

FX5200 128MB/128-bit at $59:


FX5500 256MB/128-bit at $83 (currently out of stock):


If I knew for certain that this FX5200 256MB card for $52.50 uses 128-bit memory, I'd say it'd be the best deal, but it lists the memory as 64/128 bit memory?


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November 27, 2005 at 16:20:18

Would this work (below)? And if so would it be a better one than the ones listed above?

eVGA GeForce 6600GT Video Card
128MB, PCI-Express x16, 2D/3D w/ TV-Out
eVGA - 128P2N368TX

Under System Requirements for this card it says:
PCI 2.1 compliant

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November 27, 2005 at 17:36:34

The card you posted wouldn't work on the dell2400 cause it is a PCI-express card and the dell2400 doesn`t have that kind of slot, neither it has an agp slot. So, being real, there ain't no normal-PCI (non-pci express) cards that are really good and that could fit in your computer... not that I want to be mean but latests games won't run well on your computer even if you change your card. the best choice for you is the FX5500 256MB that someone posted above... but it is still an old card and I'm not certain of how much it would help. Dell2400 are office meant computers, they are not exactly for gaming.

Anyway, with the FX5500 card Alexander should run OK, cause it's not a last generation game. But 83 dolars just to run one game I don't think it's a great investment.
but again, if you are only interested in running alexander, go for the fx5500 or the fx5200 if you want to spend less money (cause the game should still run ok) (thinking it again... go for the fx5200 not the 5500)

when you go for it, you have to check that it is a normal-pci card, not an AGP or a pci-express card. (because there are also AGP versions of the fx5200)

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November 27, 2005 at 17:50:25

Oh and I forgot... note that the game ALEXANDER requires 512 of ram... and the dell2400 has 256. So even if you buy the card i don't know how well it would perform. although it may work just fine considering that you have a processor that surpases the requirments and you could turn one ore two graphic options down...

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November 27, 2005 at 19:15:38


There are 3 types of slots used for video cards...PCI, AGP, PCI-Express. PCI is the oldest & is virtually extinct, at least for graphics use. Unfortunately, some OEM PC builders (Dell, eMachines, HP/Compaq & a few others) don't include an AGP or PCI-E slot on their low end systems...the Dimension 2400 is one of them.

The 6600GT card you asked about is PCI-Express & will not work in your system.

There are only two worthwhile options in PCI video cards for gaming...the FX5200 or the FX5500. There really are none better, but there are plenty that are worse. Either go with this FX5200 128MB/128-bit for $59:


Or if spending more money will make you feel better, you can get this FX5500 128MB/128-bit card for $94:


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