Help replacing video card in my Dell dimension 9200

clbart

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I have a Dell Dimension 9200 that needs a video card. I\'ve been told I should get a NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GC and a PCI Express interface. I can't find a 7900 GC card and have read that a 9600GT will work. I'm also reading that the 9600 GT is no longer available. What can I replace my card with and will I need an interface to use it? Are there any recommendations out there for this neophyte?
 

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I had a Dimension E510 which was the rough equivalent of your Dimension 9200. The first question is what kind of functionality are you trying to get out of your system? Do you want to play games, or is it more of a basic use machine for the internet, word processing, spreadsheets, video, music, etc...?

The limiting factor in those machines is the power supply which lacks any PCIe 6-pin power connectors which limits you to video cards which use the motherboard's power supply without spending an additional $100+ on a new power supply. In this case I would recomend you check into a Radeon HD 6670 with GDDR5 memory which will run around $100 and will provide the best 3D performance possible on your current machine. If you're looking for something a bit more basic than that because you're not into games or you're on a budget then I would suggest the DDR3 version of the same card which will run around $70. Both of these cards will provide performance which is magnitudes better than the now anchient nVidia 7000 series cards while using less power and probably costing about the same as the difficult to find older cards.
 

Not really
The 375w psu in the D9200 does have a 6 pin pcie power connector
 
The Dell Dimension 9200's motherboard uses the Intel P965 Express Chipset that supports PCI Express Base Specification, Revision 1.1a.

The 375 Watt power supply in the Dell Dimension 9200 has one 6-pin PCI Express Connector. The combined +12 Volt continuous current rating is 30 Amps.

The following graphics cards should fit within the power capability of your existing power supply unit:

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7750
Radeon HD 6850
Radeon HD 6770
Radeon HD 6750
 

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I have a Dimension 9200 as well. I worry that some of the graphics cards will not fit (space wise) in the Dimension 9200. I'm also not too sure about using an auxiliary PCIe power cable if needed.

Any thoughts on which card (of the above or other) would be the best for a 5 year old computer (and 5 year old PSU) running Windows XP? I would like to spend $125 or less. Just looking for personal preference. Thanks!
 

HIS H775F1GD Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161403

Radeon HD 6770 (Rebadged Radeon HD 5770) for $125 or less
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=48&Description=&Type=&N=100007709+600100181+600083901+600150232&IsNodeId=1&IsPowerSearch=1&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=125.00&OEMMark=0&OEMMark=N&OEMMark=1&PropertyCodeValue=696%3A266448&PropertyCodeValue=696%3A9641&PropertyCodeValue=696%3A53938&PropertyCodeValue=696%3A33099&PropertyCodeValue=3055%3A94398&PropertyCodeValue=679%3A140099

Radeon HD 5770's for $125 or less
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709+600030349+600007320+600007603&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=48&description=&hisInDesc=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=
 

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You do need to plug in a PCI-E 6 pin connector on these particular video card. But if you have an old system you should post the specs because you do not want to be bottlnecking your 6770 or 5770 (they are exacly the same card).
 

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Look into a ATI 6670 or 7750. I read some people on these boards saying it will work on a 305 Watt PSU.

I used a ATI 4670 on my Dell E510 with a 305 PSU. But that one is kind of outdated. However, it is able to run Modern Warfare 3 maxed out.
 

jmoss69380

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Shpati, thanks for the info. As ko888 stated earlier for the Dimension 9200, "The 375 Watt power supply in the Dell Dimension 9200 has one 6-pin PCI Express Connector. The combined +12 Volt continuous current rating is 30 Amps."

With that being said, I think I'm going to purchase the Radeon HD 6770 or 6670. I'm worried that my 6 pin connector could be faulty and the 6770 won't work. Thoughts? Thanks again for all of your help.
 

I can only see it being faulty if the power supply is somehow defective.

For a system using a single Radeon HD 6770 graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 450 Watt or greater power supply. The power supply should also have a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 25 Amps or greater and have at least one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector.

Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Total Continuous Amperage Available on the +12V Rail(s) is the most important.

The Dell Dimension 9200 OEM 375 Watt power supply, with its combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 30 Amps and with one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector, is sufficient to power your system configuration with a single Radeon HD 6770.
 

jmoss69380

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Got it and thank you for the information, ko888. You mentioned the GTX 550Ti...do you guys think it's worth $20 more than a Radeon 6770?

I'm looking at the different manufacturers of the 6770 and it seems Sapphire makes a better 6770 than ASUS based on Tom's Hardware testing. Do any of you have a preference on what brand is best within the 6770 (ASUS, XFX, HIS, Sapphire)?
 

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Thanks for letting me know.
I have just installed the 6770 and I am having trouble with it.
It starts up ok but when you log in it comes up black with just
the mouse working. After a while sometimes the image will come back.
Works fine in safe mode. The software did not install properly either
had to repair it in control panel.
Any ideas were I am going wrong.
 

Download and install the latest version of the freeware utility Driver Sweeper. You may need to download and install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 or higher if you don't already have it installed.

Driver Sweeper Download: http://phyxion.net/item/driver-sweeper.html

Driver Sweeper Documentation: http://phyxion.net/category/driver-sweeper-2.html

Uninstall the graphics card driver.

Run Driver Sweeper and clean all traces of any ATI or NVIDIA Display drivers.

Reboot.

Download and install the latest AMD Radeon Video Card Drivers (Version 12.2) from AMD's website.
 

biggleswick

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I am having great difficulty getting it to boot in normal mode.
Starts fine in safe mode.
 

Safe mode uses the default Microsoft vga driver, that's why it works without any problems.

Normal mode is using the graphics card driver that you've installed.

You should be able to uninstall the graphics card specific driver and run Driver Sweeper in Safe Mode.
 

biggleswick

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I think its all working fine now - with the combination of your help and solving a problem with Vista as well.
The PC is working perfectly. I am having trouble typing this message as my fingers are still crossed!!! :bounce:
Thanks for your help - it is very much appreciated - you are a star!