Best compatible video card for my system?

Sena101

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Hi,

I am thinking about updating my ATI radeon x300 series video card to a better gaming card. I want to stick with ATI brand because i dont want to worry about switching from ATI to Nividia which has caused problems for me in the passed. I am just looking for a great gaming card for my system, and if you could give me some suggestions it would be great. :)

My Computer:

Dell Dimension 9100
Intel Pentium D 2.80 GHz
4 GB RAM
64 bit vista OS
500 watt Antec Earthwatts PSU
ATI radeon x300 series video card
Everything else that i havent said is Stock, so if you'd like to know heres the link for the Dimension 9100: http://compreviews.about.com/od/perfdesk/gr/Dimension9100.htm
 

daedalus685

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You don't want to go any higher than a 4850. Don't even consider a 4830, it is far too expensive compared to a 4850 now a days (unless you find a really good deal, price/perforamnce nothing really beats a 4850 these days). As far as prices and some links go...

Consider these, in order of most powerful to least:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102820

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102838
 

Sena101

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yeah that seems good but my case is horrible for air movement and has 1 fan. If the card generates a lot of heat it will shut down my computer. Does the 4850 do that?
 

Your case should have 2 fans, 1 upper 120mm and 1 lower 92mm both intakes.
Taking care of the extra heat generated by a video card is actually pretty simple, add an exhaust fan, or two, to the case back.
 

Sena101

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yea i cant add any internal fans its already cramp enough... the pentium D is hot processor and my last card keep overheating the inside of the computer.
 

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thanks!