A Radeon HD 4650 AGP card would be my Recommendation.
They are in the $99 to $130 range.
550W power supply recommended.
I just went through a hunt for a 'value' based video upgrade for a Dell Dimension 4600 (two of them actually) and decided on the VisionTek Radeon HD3650 AGP. I purchased 4gb RAM and a 550W PSU for each also. After hours of no success and searching the web for a clue, I came across this at a VisionTek forum:
"Unfortunately, there are no workaround available for the 3650 AGP to work with the older Dell systems. The only option I would recommend is to use a PCI card instead as some of the newer PCI cards are faster than the older AGP cards. The older Dell systems are limited in its capabilities including its BIOS."
Posted 25 January, 2011, by Site Admin.
I have read postings were people have success with this card in a 4600, which influenced my decision to buy them. But when I couldn't get it to work and did more research, I found that most everyone was like me, and there was no clear discriminator as to why these few people could get it to work. The overwhelming majority of people cannot get it to work.
Bottom line - do not take a chance with the VisionTek Radeon HD 3650 AGP in a Dell Dimension 4600. It's probably great for other models, but not the Dimension 4600.
Can anybody confirm that the HD 4650 AGP card will definitely work in a Deminsion 4600?
Thanks in advance.
For anyone who may know the answer...
I just read on another post:
"Started research online as to what could be the problem. We stumbled upon the review on amzon. It seems the old Intel 865G motherboard that is present in the Dell Dimension 4600 does not understand the new DDR3 cards (or DDR2). The next morning we called the technical support for HIS and they confirmed the same."
That other post was:
"I, on the other hand, found out specifically what the problem was from the HIS tech support. The tech guy said that this is a problem they are aware of and it is very common among the Radeon 4thousand series on motherboards that are 2 years or more older. The reason for this is that the mobo cannot recognize the DDR3 because the manufacturer did not anticipate this."
Does this sound familiar to anyone?
Some would argue $250 is right up there enough to justify a whole new MOBO & Quad Core CPU w/ DDR3 memory, or bundled kit like TigerDirect offers. And I considered it, but most respectable bargain MOBOs with a future don’t support IDE (or just 1 device only) nor support USB 3.0 yet…. PCI-E and SATA only. So then it would be replacing other devices and pricing just kept creeping up. So I think this upgrade was reasonable and has value for a few more years to come. And maybe Windows 7 will even make it better. But I'll wait until I have a few days to spare to take that upgrade on....
I'd sooner have a Core2 Duo with DDR3 than an old P4, USB3 or not. It's a LOT more future-proofed than an old AGP machine.
All the budget boards I've bought have at least one IDE port, which will support two devices. That should be enough more most older PCs; in the case of one with multiple hard drives, it's easy enough to invest $40 in a 500gb SATA and clone them over or buy a $15 IDE card that will support them.
im also trying to do some research on the video cards, i also have a dell dimension 4600, i have a agp slot, but it only has 2 slots, and i been looking at video cards and some have 2 slots some have 3, then my question is, does this matters, cus i read earlier messages and they say any agp card would work with this mobo,
thanks, please suggest a video card for this mobo, i cant seem to find one online, i dont need it for gaming. thanks