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Dell, Dimension, 4600, home use which graphics cards (AGP) would be compatible for upgrade.

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I am wanting to get a couple more years out of my Dell Dimension 4600.  I recently added 2 gigs of ram and now want to change out the power supply with a Dell compatible PC Power and Cooling 500 watt supply.

Dell lists the Radeon X1300  512 MB DDR2 AGP card as a replacement for the card that came with the computer.  I've read many people have experienced trouble when putting this card in older Dell's and there is a beta fix by the company but you have to RMA to them for the fix.

What other AGP cards would work in my Dimension 4600...just any AGP card or is there some more info I need on other cards.
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This review says it will take a 9800 Radeon
http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-dimension-4600-pentium/4505-3118_7-30529709.html

If you mobo supports 8x AGP you might look at these (I haven't seen the specs yet. And ignore the prices, they are from a year or so ago):

ATI cards:

(late addition) Radeon x1950 AGP

Radeon X1650 PRO (about $150 USD)
Sapphire
http://www.sapphiretech.com

Radeon X1600XT XGE (about $235 USD)
Vision Tek
http://www.visiontek.com

nVidia cards

GeForce 7600GT (about $185 USD)
XFX
http://www.xfxfirce.com

GeForcee NX7600GS-TD256 (about $150 USD)
MSI
http://www.msicomputer.com

GeForce 7600 GS (about $140 USD
Gigabyte
http://www.gigabyte-usa.com

These all have:
VGA (or adapter for DVI to VGA), DVI, and S-video out.
They all need a power plug. So you might want to make sure you have a free plug or a splitter. And you also might need to get a bigger Power Supply.
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My bad. You are already doing a bigger power supply.   : /
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Thanks for the response.  You gave me plenty of options.  Now let's see if I can do the job without frying something. :)
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