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brvaland
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Upgrade Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3100

Hi Experts

I have an old dell dimension 3100 desktop PC with Windows 7 32 Bit running, I have just connected the pc with television using standard VGA connector and aux audio cable.

I would like to make use of the HDMI connector on the TV so i need to upgrade my graphics card, I am not sure which one will be compatible to my PC as I understand that different computer have different graphic card slot so which i need to buy.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks

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brvaland
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Re: Upgrade Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3100

I have searched online reference to video card and found this link below

dealforu.co.uk/.../eshop330172.sf

Will this be compatible with my PC or is there another card which is better and cheaper?

Please advise?

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Dell

Re: Upgrade Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3100

Hi brvaland,

Welcome to the Community.

Your computer has 230 W power supply and the PCI and PCI X Slots.

As per my information this is the only video card that will work on your computer: RADEON X1550 256MB PCI

This video card does not has the HDMI port.

As an alternative you can use USB to HDMI converter which has the capability to transfer Video (1080 p HD) and Audio both. (Example of such adapter:

 

Please revert if you need any further assistance. Glad to help you.

Srikant

Social Outreach Professional

You can reach us at http://en.community.dell.com/

Thanks & Regards,

Dell-Srikant S
Dell Social Media Responder

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brvaland
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Re: Upgrade Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3100

Hi, I thought this card should work - The Club 3D GeForce GT 520 PCI Express X1 Edition. Can you please for any reason why the will not work? Thanks
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Re: Upgrade Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3100

Hi brvaland,

Thank you for your response.

The graphics card, Club 3D GeForce GT 520 PCI Express X1 Edition, has the perfect form factor to fit into the system, however, the micro-processor and the motherboard that you might be having is the original one that was shipped from the factory, so the video memory of 1 GB might not work to its optimum capacity and also might not work at all, as there might be a bottle neck in the process flow.

Moreover the motherboard architecture built during the times when this system was under production was meant for basic usage and entertainment, so it  is designed to detect video card with 256MB maximum video memory. Anything higher than that,  the system might not even give video output signal, but if still you are interested, you can try the video card first or purchase with a return guarantee.

Advisable is to use the converter, by which you can connect your system to the TV to view HD content through HDMI output.

Let me know your observation.

Glad to help you.

Srikant

Social Outreach Professional

You can reach us at http://en.community.dell.com/

Thanks & Regards,

Dell-Srikant S
Dell Social Media Responder

brvaland
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Re: Upgrade Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3100

Hi Srikant

The product link sent for USB to HDMI converter is available from a US website, so i found something similar on amazon UK. Can you please advise if this will work for me?

www.amazon.co.uk/.../ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1

Thanks

Bhavesh

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rdunnill
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Re: Upgrade Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3100

Hi, I thought this card should work - The Club 3D GeForce GT 520 PCI Express X1 Edition. Can you please for any reason why the will not work? Thanks

It won't hurt to try it; just make sure that there's a return policy so that you're not stuck with it in the event that it doesn't work. Sometimes, certain cards are just plain incompatible, possibly due to BIOS reasons. Then again, that doesn't happen very often.

This is coming from someone who upgraded an old 2350 to 2gb memory (even though the manual says it will only work with 1gb), added a SATA card, and got said 2350 to work with both 3tb hard drive and Pioneer Blu-ray drive. (Yes, the 2350 will play back Blu-ray discs, the specification for which was not even laid down when the machine was built.)

 

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Dell

Re: Upgrade Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3100

Hi brvaland,

Thank you for your response.

I have crossed checked the specifications of both the adapters and they have similar specifications, so it should work out.

Glad to help you.

Thanks & Regards,

Dell-Srikant S
Dell Social Media Responder

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brvaland
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Re: Upgrade Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3100

Thanks for your help.

I have dell optiplex GX280 which is P4 2.8Ghz with 4GB Max but dimension 3100 is P4 HT 2.8ghz with 2GB max. I believe the GX280 does support PCI Express x16.

Can please advise if it is better for me use GX280 and get a new graphic card with hdmi?

What do you think about the performance difference between this 2 pcs?

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brvaland
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Re: Upgrade Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3100

On GX280 PC - I have a graphics card - "PNY Quadro NVS 290 for DVI PCIe x1". The output for this card is DMS-59.

I was thinking to get an adapter for DMS-59 to DVI and another adapter for DVI - HDMI or i need to upgrade the graphics card.

Do you think this will work for me to get a HD quality video resolution on my HD Ready TV?

Please advise?

Bhavesh

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