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Graphics card replacement

I have a xps 400 2.8 ghz with a 256mb nvidia geforce 6800 graphics card 6 series.  I would like to upgrade my graphics card, can you give me any advice?  2gb ddr2 sdram.  Have had the computer for 2.5 years.  Need any other info let me know.  Looking at a nvidia geforce 8800 gt and all that stuff has so many darn numbers that I would doubt I would understand it all.

 

Tired to see the power on the tag but will have to shut the system off.

 

Thanks,  dd43

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Re: Graphics card replacement

Your system can take the 8800 GT card with the current power supply if interested.

 

Proper way to install a video card linked below:

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=965852 

Step # 1

Download the most current driver for the video card, and have it placed on the desktop for later install. Try not to use the video card driver from the CD that comes with the card, since they are somewhat out of date. You still may if you wish to.

If it’s an nVidia card, go to www.nvidia.com



1. Turn off the system, unplug the power cord, and push in on the systems power button for about 5 seconds to discharge the system further.

2. Remove the old card, and install the new card, firmly.

3. Now if required attach, any power cable to the card and the other end to a power input, to get the video card to work. Your systems power supply may have this extra power 4 pin or 6 pin connector, depending on the card installed.

Some retail video card manufactures include the molex Y power cable and some do not. If not, they do not cost more than a couple of bucks.


4. Now disable your Anti Virus software, and disconnect the modem at this time.


5. Install the newer video card driver from where you downloaded it, than if necessary, go into the Display Properties to reset the monitor resolution after it reboots. You are almost done. Now restart the Anti Virus program, and connect the modem.

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Re: Graphics card replacement

I printed out what you gave me and thank you.  I have checked on my Direct X and I have 9.0c and I see in Nvidia that the 8800 GT need 10 or is that what is with the card?  They have a Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT series 8, 512 mb, 128 bit.  Mine right now is 32 bit and I gather that is the color.  I can see how it would be difficult for people to understand what is in their computer but what you have to do I guess is read a lot and enjoy doing it.

 

I also have a Vista laptop HP and I do enjoy that.  But I don't have Untimate.

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Re: Graphics card replacement

First dd43, you do not have a core 2 duo cpu and that will be your bottleneck.  Not much to worry about until later when better games come out for it, so do not consern yourself too much. 

 

The 8800 GT or other directx 10 video cards can be played very well on a directx 9 system, just a slight performance hit, not much to notice with such a nice card such as the 8800 GT or GTX.  Many getting the GT version since it cheaper and performs very close to the GTX. 

 

Correct about the 32 bit being the color.


 

Links below you can click on to check on some video cards to compare the performance with others
http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.html

Some video card and benchmark comparison link

http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/features/131627.20080416.GeForce-9-series-shoot-out/page2/

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2171446,00.asp  ( 8xxx series cards )

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Re: Graphics card replacement

 

 

Thank so much for the info.  Feel much better about it. 

 

Rose

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Re: Graphics card replacement

Best of luck with the upgrade

Banchetto 101 Case-Less System

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/6640/295gtx.jpg 

 

eVGA 780i Mobo

eVGA 295 GTX Video

8 Gb Corsair Memory

Thermaltake TRUE Black CPU Cooler

VelociRaptor 10,000 rpm HD

Windows 7 RC 7100

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