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Saturday, December 16, 2006
Dell Dimension 8200: upgrading video
I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with a few upgrades, but still the video it came with, an
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400
which ranked pretty low when I looked at modern graphics cards.
Unfortunately the 8200 has only a 250W power supply, as well as only having AGP 4x,
no PCI Express slots.
I found people were successfully using either the Nvidia 6600LE, or the 6600GT, and that the GT was a much better performer.
Unfortunately, neither model is widely available for new sales anymore. You may have to get from e.g. eBay.
My current MX 400 card is near the bottom of a 2005 video card ranking.
SpongeBob's Upgrade Site used to be a useful resource but it is offline, you can check the Internet Archive version of it.
Although the 6600GT is spec'ed for a higher power supply, people say it will be fine as the Dell PSUs are over-spec'ed.
Useful postings I found:
* Dimansion 8200 ( I would like to go to a 256mb Video Card) Which one
(talks mainly about the 6600LE)
* 3D Gamers: Upgrade Question (at the bottom of the thread)
Just a few days ago, I upgraded the original GeForce 4 Ti 4600 with a lovely BFG 6600 GT OC. The new card runs quietly and reliably
* Nvidia Forums: Recommendation - Card Upgrade for Older PC
I installed the BFG 6600GT OC, plugged in the necessary Molux power plug at the back, and downloaded the drivers (Graphics Drivers->GeForce) from Nvidia as recommended by BFG. Appears to be working fine. A bit noisy though (there is a big fan on the card).
upgrading hard drive