Suggestions for suitable base unit

  ginlynne 18:02 04 Sep 2009

If my Dell dimension 5150 looks like being too expensive to repair, I am looking at possibly buying a new base unit.
I have looked at a Dell Inspiron 545 (without monitor) - the one with the largest video card - as my daughter loves playing Sims 3.
Can someone please tell me if this can handle this?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:10 04 Sep 2009

Your 5150 should easily be repairable as it sounds like a software fault with windows rather than a hardware fault.

  GaT7 18:21 04 Sep 2009

I would suggest getting one with integrated graphics click here, & install your own dedicated graphics card - a £50 HD 4670 for example click here. This is the best graphics card you could go for without having to upgrade the PSU or anything else.

The HD 4350 / GT220 graphics cards upgrades they offer are much too expensive at £60 & £110 respectively. The former will be particularly poor for games & is really worth only £20-25. G

  GaT7 18:27 04 Sep 2009

Sorry, the first 'click here' should have been click here.

As Fruit Bat says though, it will be worth trying to repair your present PC. Will likely save you a bundle. G

  ginlynne 18:28 04 Sep 2009

The model I was looking at comes with a nVidia GeForce GT220 1024mb graphics card - is this good?

  GaT7 18:34 04 Sep 2009

Yes, so does mine, but it's offered at a £110 premium, which is not good. The HD 4670 is better at less than half the price. Dell really do need to stop over-pricing their upgrades!

Do you have a direct link to yours please? G

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