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    I just wondered with this computer, if it can take a better video card and any suggestions anyone may have.... I'm not too savvy about this stuff, so be gentle DXdiag is below

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    Quote Originally Posted by chocochibi View Post
    I just wondered with this computer, if it can take a better video card and any suggestions anyone may have.... I'm not too savvy about this stuff, so be gentle DXdiag is below

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    System Information
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    Time of this report: 3/9/2011, 07:45:10
    Machine name: JOSEPH-PC
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.101026-1503)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: Studio 540
    BIOS: BIOS Date: 08/25/09 12:43:46 Ver: 0.0.1
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
    Memory: 4096MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 4096MB RAM
    Page File: 2629MB used, 7464MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
    System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
    DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 64bit Unicode

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    DxDiag Notes
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    Display Tab 1: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 3: No problems found.
    Input Tab: No problems found.

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    DirectX Debug Levels
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    Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
    DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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    Display Devices
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    Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series
    Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
    Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x954F)
    DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_954F&SUBSYS_904E1028&REV_00
    Display Memory: 2296 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 504 MB
    Shared Memory: 1791 MB
    Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (59Hz)
    Monitor Name: HP w2007 Wide LCD Monitor
    Monitor Model: HP w2007
    Monitor Id: HWP26A7
    Native Mode: 1680 x 1050(p) (59.954Hz)
    Output Type: DVI
    Driver Name: aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32,aticfx32,atiumd 64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atiumdva,ati umd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
    Driver File Version: 8.17.0010.1065 (English)
    Driver Version: 8.821.0.0
    DDI Version: 10.1
    Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 1/26/2011 16:59:10, 708608 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp:
    Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-D60F-11CF-B177-44B0BEC2C535}
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    SubSys ID: 0x904E1028
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Thanks in advance
    You can with a few caveats.

    Might be hard to find a vid card that fits in a dell.

    If you do, it will need a new power supply

    Might be hard to find a supply that fits in a dell case (they are non standard cases)

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    I chaecked my power supply, it's 350W. Any suggestions?

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    Can you post the model of your PC? It'd help us see what kind of room is available in that case.

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    It's a Studio 540

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    Quote Originally Posted by chocochibi View Post
    I chaecked my power supply, it's 350W. Any suggestions?
    You will likely need a new case to put a new poer supply in and that would also give you room for a normal sized card

    Pending the dell mobo is at least ATX form factor

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatTomGuy View Post
    You will likely need a new case to put a new poer supply in and that would also give you room for a normal sized card

    Pending the dell mobo is at least ATX form factor
    Dell also uses those weird rivets to fasten their motherboards to the case. They're a pain in the neck to remove and resettle unless you have the proper tool. However, I agree that a new case would be in order. I can't see much fitting in there except a "slim" type card meant for HTPCs.

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate the help.... I think I might be best though looking at your replies just saving up and getting a decent gaming rig from one of the places that builds one for you. I doubt I'd be very good at doing that myself :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by chocochibi View Post
    Thanks guys, I appreciate the help.... I think I might be best though looking at your replies just saving up and getting a decent gaming rig from one of the places that builds one for you. I doubt I'd be very good at doing that myself :P
    It's probably easier than you'd think. The hardest part is choosing parts that work with each other (motherboard, CPU, RAM). Installing the lot is a fairly straightforward process. Give it a try some time!

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    So do some of the places online you get them from help you choose parts that go together? If they do, I might give it a go.
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    You don't necessarily HAVE to keep your components inside the case. You could always just keep the PSU sitting on top of the case, or off to the side..or anywhere really that the wires will let you reach. Cases are largely just for show unless they are fitted with dust guards (which I wager your dell is not).
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    Quote Originally Posted by chocochibi View Post
    So do some of the places online you get them from help you choose parts that go together? If they do, I might give it a go.
    Generally no, but alot of places show package deals (a motherboard/cpu combo, and it will say what speed ram you need)

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