vid card, mem card

Posted on 2006-07-04
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?



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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 will tell you what will work.

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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,


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You have RDRAM, which they don't sell.  Here's another vendor:  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.

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

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