A colleogue wants to buy a high end graphics card as a christmas present for their son
What is the easiest was to ascertain what the PSU in the Dimension 9200 will support?.
Its not going to be much of a christmas present if the son fits it on christmas day and it doesn't work :/
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Hi malik999, Your current PSU is 375w, see HERE. Your case being a tower you can put any standard ATX type PSU into that case to boost your power, see HERE <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>. So adding an high end graphics card is no problem.
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Is the purpose for the graphics card to play today's games? The 9200 has a 375 watt power supply which is good enough for an Nvidia 9600GT or an Nivdia 9800GT (better). Here is a 9600GT. Here is a 9800GT. I am not sure what CPU they have. If they have the Core 2 Duo, they will get better performance out of these cards versus the P-4 or P-D. It really depends on the games and graphic settings used, but you could get around 5 - 15 more FPS on the 9800GT. Either of these cards will play today's games. Others have gone into the higher-end GTX cards on that power supply but I would not recommend it if they do not have at least the Core 2 Duo CPU. Also, if the monitor does not support higher resolutions, there is no reason to get a higher-end card.
The Dimension 9200 is the same machine as the XPS 410, and there's been a flurry of recent enquiries on the forums about upgrading older graphics cards in these machines (not that you'll find them, given the pig's ear that Dell have just made of the forums).
To summarise, the 375W PSU will support just about any single GPU card you can buy - I can't see any need to change the PSU. The very highest end twin GPU cards (usually marked out by an X2 on the end of the model) would probably require a new PSU, but they are poor value for money, and I wouldn't expect these to be fitted to a machine like the 9200. Other users suggestion of an Nvidia 9800GT (or perhaps a Radeon 4870) seem appropriate and will work.
From the point of view of getting it to work on Christmas day, you will probably find that any new GPU will have two PCIe six pin connectors, and the D9200 only has one. Dell overcome this by fitting a splitter that converts the single PCIe to two PCIe connectors, so I'd say order one of these as well - some GPUs come with these as standard, but many do not.
The GT's such as the 9600 or 9800 only require one PCI-E 6-Pin connector. It is the GTX cards that will require two.
I have put Radeon HD 5750 to Dell Dimension 9200 with 375 Watt PSU.
From time to time I have the problem with colored stripes or gray/blue screen just after logging in to Windows (7, 64-bit).
For the rest - it works fine! I can run any game that utilizes 100% of GPU, and 375 Watt PSU is enough...
I have fixed the problem with colored stripes: http://forums.amd.com/game/messageview.cfm?catid=260&threadid=127607
i got a Dell Dimension 9200 and i was wandering about getting the HD 7950 Sapphire but i am just concerned about if it will physically fit, it seems to have a kind of double decker thing going on unlike my current Nvidia 9600
did you have to move anything around to get it to fit in? i mean i cant really tell, looking at my computer it seems like it will fit in the dell dimension 9200 case but i just wanted to double check.
Did i say 7950...i meant to say HD 5750, the one mentioned in the top of the post. the HD 5750 looks big and i am not too sure how it would fit in the Dell Dimension 9200 case