NVidia 512MB GeForce 8800GT video Card replacement needed

  CPI 13:34 02 Nov 2013

I have a Dell XPS 420 Quad 2.4Ghz, running Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit,4GB RAM, 2 x 500GB HDDs arranged in RAID 1. The Video Card is an NVidia 512MB GeForce 8800GT which came factory fitted when I bought the PC from Dell 5.75 years ago. The HDDs are pretty new and I've reinstalled Vista with RAID1 Configuration. HOWEVER, in recent weeks the picture first began to freeze, occasional red, blue and green dots appearing, soon running to a total freeze within minutes of switching the PC on and as soon as I try to run an application such as IE10 so I suspect the Video Card has packed up.

As the GeForce 8800GT is now obsolete and, whilst I can install another card myself, I'm not sufficiently technically minded to determine which of the myriad of Video cards would be suitable, I was wondering whether anyone could suggest an alternative. A friend said that maybe an NVidia GT 640 or GTS 450 or GTX 550Ti - my budget is up to circa £125 (seeing as I've already spent circa £175 on the HDDs, new Soundcard and new wireless card).

Can anyone assist me please?

Thank you in anticipation, Chris

  retep888™ 14:00 02 Nov 2013

Your PSU's power output? 350W or 450w? or more?

  CPI 14:39 02 Nov 2013

Thanks for responding - the manual advises 375W

  retep888™ 15:22 02 Nov 2013
  retep888™ 15:29 02 Nov 2013

Try again.


  Mr Mistoffelees 17:00 02 Nov 2013

For your budget, subject to your PSU being able to handle the power needs, you can do much better with a GTX 650ti.

  CPI 17:51 02 Nov 2013

Sorry for the delay - The DC Output is 375W

  retep888™ 01:24 03 Nov 2013

Dell uses quite good quality PSUs ,it should be safe for you to run GTX650/GTX650Ti although it requires 400W PSU.

After nearly 6 years any good quality PSU will deteriorate , I strongly recommend you upgrading the PSU to a minimum 500W one .

With your £125 budget probably you can get a GTX650Ti £95.50 & Coolermaster Elite Power 500W £29.16

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