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Video Card Upgrade in Dell® Dimension 8200 AGP
While upgrading your computer you will obviously want the best video card. In this article, we will briefly go over the one would be suitable for a Dell Dimension 8200 computer.
- Dell Dimension 8200 specifications
- Points to Ponder
Dell Dimension 8200 specifications
Now your Dell Dimension 8200 will probably be fit out like this: – ATI Radeon™ 9700; Chip: ATI Radeon™ 9700; 128 MB DDR-SDRAM
Points to Ponder
When you are upgrading the graphic card in your computer is that you will almost always have to upgrade other components as well. A newer graphic card may also not be compatible with your current motherboard depending on the pins available. With the Dell Dimension 8200 you have a limitation of 4x. The good part is that you can also downgrade, but you wouldn’t want to do that, unless something is broken.
To have the AGP card work with your motherboard and computer as a whole, the voltage must be at the same as the motherboard. Different speeds require different signaling voltages for operation. For example, AGP 8x signals at 0.8V, while AGP 1x can signal at 1.5V or 3.3V.
AGP connectors are physically keyed to specify the signaling voltages the device is capable of operating at. AGP specifies two keys, a 3.3V key and a 1.5V key. Unfortunately, a 0.8V voltage was added. If a device operates at 0.8V it uses the 1.5V key and must be tolerant of 1.5V signaling, but not necessarily capable of operating at 1.5V. If a device has the 1.5V key and operates at 8x speed you know that it is capable of 0.8V operation.
When you upgrade your video card you also have to upgrade other parts. You need to get a P4 2.6GHz 400MHz 478 pin CPU, four 256MB PC800 184-PIN 40ns Non ECC un-buffered RDRAM RAMBUS®, and a GeForce® 7950 GT 256/512MB GDDR3. This is a good, stable and fast set-up that will keep your Dell Dimension 8200 in good shape for at least a year. For basic office work this setup is good for at least 4-5 years.
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