Graphic Card for dell dimension 5150

  Big Jorg 21:01 01 Dec 2007

Graphic Cards

Hi, didnt know where to post this as im new to here. Hope someone can help.

I have a dell dimension 5150 with its original set up and am looking to upgrade the graphics card. I have found one that I would like but not sure if it will fit into my comp. It's a

XFX Ge Force 7900GTX 512mb PCIE Dual Dvi/Hdtv

and its spec is

Manufacturer: XFX
Chipset: 7900GTX
Chipset Features: nVidia CineFX 4.0
nVidia Intellisample 4
nVidia Pure-Video
nVidia Shader Model 3
nVidia Ultrashadow 2
GPU Speed: 650 MHz
Memory: 512MB
Memory Bit Rate: 256 Bit
Memory Type: GDDR3
Memory Speed: 1600 MHz
Number of Pipelines: 24
Cooling: Fan
Interface: PCI-E (x16)
Connectivity: Dual DVI-I HDTV

Would this work?

Thanks in advance.

  C3 21:30 01 Dec 2007

Looks like your PC has a PCI-E slot so it will take it.

The problems you may have are :
1. that there may not be enough physical room to fit it in your case and
2. there may not be enough power or leads to run the card (it requires a separate power lead).

If it is the same length as a GF7950 then it will be approx 9.5" long.

Hope that helps!

  Big Jorg 08:52 02 Dec 2007

thank you for your response.

If the card that i have described is going to cause a lot of problems could anyone please list some ideas of cards that are around £70 - £90 pounds that would not cause as much problems with fitting etc


  C3 00:20 03 Dec 2007

You're the only one who can tell. All the GF7900 are going to be the same size.

Open up your case, see how much room is in there and measure it.

Depends where you buy the card as well. If you get it from a computer shop, then if it doesn't fit, you should be able to return it. If you buy it online, you'd probably have to return it within 7 days or something.

  Dark Elite 15:58 08 Dec 2007

Hi there, I too am new here, and have just registered to ask one question - seemed sensible to keep it in this thread.

I have a Dell Dimension 5150 (manufactured in April 2006) and am looking to replace the standard-fit 128MB ATi Radeon X300 with a 256MB ATi Radeon 9800 Pro. The specifications of this card are:

Graphic Processor ATI RADEON 9800 PRO
GPU Clock Speed 378 MHz
RAMDAC Speed 400 MHz

Key Features
Card Interface AGP 8x
Compatibility PC

Installed Memory 256 MB
Memory Tech DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Data Width 256-bit
Installed Memory / Technology 256 MB (DDR2 SDRAM)
Memory Bandwidth 10.8 GB/sec

Technical Features
Form Factor Plug-in card
Video Compression Standards MPEG-1, MPEG-2
Max. Screen Resolution 2048 x 1536
Refresh Rate at Max Res 85 Hz @ 2048 x 1536
Pipeline Engines 8 Pipeline Engines
Special Features MPEG Decoder Card

Input / Output
Display Interface DVI x 1, VGA - 15 pin D-Sub x 1
Output Interface S-Video

System Requirements
Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000

Included Accessories DVI to VGA Adapter x 1
Package Type Bulk
Release Date March, 2003

My question is, will this card be useable with my system? I am running Windows XP SP2, and see that this card is listed as being a Windows 2000 card - but will it really be unuseable on XP?

Also, will I be able to physically fit and connect this card to my PC?

Any help will be greatly appreciated

  C3 17:45 08 Dec 2007

When I looked at the spec of the 5150, it looks like it has a PCI-E slot for the graphics card.

The card you have mentioned above is for an AGP slot.

Basically they are two different slots and it won't work.

It could be that you have a different spec 5150 to the one I checked on the Dell Website.

As for being compatible with WinXP? No problem.

Also, it is always best to start a new thread!

  Dark Elite 13:00 09 Dec 2007

I know the 5150 has been subtly updated since mine was made, having seen a newer one, but I doubt something as fundamental as that has been changed - so I guess I'll have to find a different card. PCI-E definitely rings a bell, I was just unsure as to whether or not that AGP listing was something different I didn't know about.

I'll keep searching, then, and thanks for your help!

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