[Last Call] Learn about multicloud storage options and how to improve your company's cloud strategy. Register Now


vid card, mem card

Posted on 2006-07-04
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-25

Dear fellows,

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 and I´m trying to upgrade it by installing a higher RAM memory card and a high qualified video card. About the video card, I have Nvidia GeForce. What´s better than that? Radeon? I need something powerfull to play games such as Silent Hill 4, which can´t run with my Nvidia card. Also, about the RAM memory, do I have to worry about the compatibility with my Dell or any specific brand or are these cards in general for Desktops?



Question by:freebuddy
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 69

Expert Comment

ID: 17043066
The answer is, how much do you have in your budget?  Video cards can cost from less than $50 to over $500, and it's up to you to decide how important it is.  You didn't specify which model video card you have, but a good middle of the road card is the nVidia 6600GT, which can be had for a little over $120.

RAM needs to be compatible with your machine and the memory configurator on www.crucial.com will tell you what will work.

Author Comment

ID: 17043606

Thanks Callandor. Yes, I have pretty much a good budget available. I just want a brand of Video Card that is not Nvidia, that is better than that. Also, I checked the website, that´s really good, but for Dell 8200 it said: "Sorry, no products available". So I don´t know. I would appreciate your help.

Thanks a lot,


LVL 69

Accepted Solution

Callandor earned 1400 total points
ID: 17043894
You have RDRAM, which they don't sell.  Here's another vendor: http://www.4allmemory.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.memorySearch&model_id=24927.  You currently are using PC800, and RDRAM has to be installed in pairs (or use a placeholder in the other memory slot).

Your Dell Dimension 8200 currently has an nVidia Ti4600, which is not so fast these days.  If you have a good budget, the new nVidia cards are fine, but you'll need an AGP card, such as the 7800GS.  Less expensive options are the nVidia 6800GT, or if you want to go with Radeon, you can get the X850XT, but that isn't as fast as the nVidia 7800GS.

Author Comment

ID: 17052814
Thanks Callandor :)

By the way, can you just make clear " You have RDRAM, which they don´t sell" . So, I have no chances to buy a RAM mem card for my Dimension 8200? I´m looking for 1GB mem card.
LVL 69

Expert Comment

ID: 17055045
I mean Crucial doesn't sell it; I posted a link to another vendor that does.

Featured Post

Concerto's Cloud Advisory Services

Want to avoid the missteps to gaining all the benefits of the cloud? Learn more about the different assessment options from our Cloud Advisory team.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

How can this article save you time AND money?  In just a few minutes you may discover something you didn't know existed that is easy enough for you to fix yourself!
Like many organizations, your foray into cloud computing may have started with an ancillary or security service, like email spam and virus protection. For some, the first or second step into the cloud was moving email off-premise. For others, a clou…
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…
Want to learn how to record your desktop screen without having to use an outside camera. Click on this video and learn how to use the cool google extension called "Screencastify"! Step 1: Open a new google tab Step 2: Go to the left hand upper corn…

650 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question