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Video Card Recommendation for Dell E510 for Video Editing?

I have a Dell E510 that I am trying to extend the life of. I upgraded the RAM to 4GB, added a new sound card (I kept getting the bsod from the SigmaTel integrated card). However, the video card is lacking for my purposes (photo and video editing). The videos from my new 1080p camcorder when viewed from the PC jerk/pause, which is annoying. 

I have seen many posts on this issue of what can be upgraded, however, the power supply upgrades recommended no longer exist (OCZ 520w power supply or the Antec Tru Power Trio 550w power supply for the GeForce GTS250, Radeon HD4670, or the Radeon HD5670).

Any suggestions on what video card/power supply would be best for this system for my needs?


System: Dell E510

Processor: 2.8Ghz, dual core (dell system info says "Processor,80551,Pentium D Smithfield For Desktops,820 2.8,BO,Server")

OS: Windows XP, SP3

RAM: 4GB RAM

Video Card: Radeon X600 Hypermemory 256MB

Sound: Sound Blaster Audiology

Hard Drives: 72GB Samsung, 2TB Hitachi 7200rpm

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Re: Video Card Recommendation for Dell E510 for Video Editing?

Any ATX power supply should work in the E510 -- I recommend this:www.newegg.com/.../Product.aspx

It has a thermostatically-controlled fan for low noise, module cables to cut down on clutter, and right-angle SATA connectors that you will find handy for use in an E510.

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worktofish
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Re: Video Card Recommendation for Dell E510 for Video Editing?

$50 with a rebate sounds reasonable. Do you think that with this power supply and a decent PCI-e video card I will be able to do video editing, or am I just to CPU limited?

Thanks for the recommendation.

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Re: Video Card Recommendation for Dell E510 for Video Editing?

It depends on what you're intending to do; Adobe Premier has the stiff requirement of a Core2 Duo or Phenom II CPU, while Pinnacle's are much less (apart from AVCHD).

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worktofish
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Re: Video Card Recommendation for Dell E510 for Video Editing?

In theory, my system should cut it for Adobe Premier Elements 8 I'm running to view the AVCHD videos.

According to Adobe, Premier Elements 8 requires "2GHz or faster processor with SSE2 support; dual-core processor required for HDV or AVCHD editing and Blu-ray or AVCHD export"

However, I cannot view the videos from the computer, let alone edit them. Will a new video card help? I tend to find that video card upgrades are overrated as far as results go, but I'm willing to try.

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Re: Video Card Recommendation for Dell E510 for Video Editing?

You don't have to spend much on a video card to get a huge increase in performance over what you have ... a 6670 is under $100 and has real world performance roughly equal to the 8800GT, which was a high end card four years ago.

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Re: Video Card Recommendation for Dell E510 for Video Editing?

trying to edit 1080p video on that system will be SO slow ... the cpu just can't handle it very well ... a new video card would help you play 1080p vids but editing would be uber slow.

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worktofish
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Re: Video Card Recommendation for Dell E510 for Video Editing?

OK, thanks for the advice. It looks like I need to think about dropping $150 into this system and take the chance it will work. Thanks all.

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Re: Video Card Recommendation for Dell E510 for Video Editing?

Used Inspiron  620 Core I3  Towers are $399.  It would be better to get newer than put money into something that will be horrible at doing BlueRay Video.


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worktofish
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Re: Video Card Recommendation for Dell E510 for Video Editing?

I hear you, the new system is calling me...

However, I can still justify buying the new power supply ($50) and a new video card (such as the Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 for $50) that I can put into a new system in the future.

I was looking at a new $699 Inspiron 620 "mulimedia powerhouse" with an upgraded video card (a Radeon HD 6450, a $40 card). However, the power supply is only 250 or 300 watts. While tempting, I may be able the 550 watt OCX power supply and the 6570 video card in my (future) new computer. 

It serves three purposes for me, one - get keep my "classic" 5 year old system alive for another year, two - save me the hassle of swapping out system (copying files, getting my wife and granddaughter used to Windows 7, dig up the software and licenses for my old software, etc.) and three - save some $$$ for a new system in a year or so.

 

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