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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 11:53 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys,

So i have an only school dell dimension 8400 pc and recently the video card pooped out. Since the computer is for web surfing and the occasional youtube video i don't need anything for gaming/editing purposes.

the dell computer specs are:
psu: 350 watts (used for 7 years)
Mobo: has 1 pci express 16x

i am not to knowledgeable towards the comparability of the hardware so i am asking for you guys to help me out. biggrin.gif

i am thinking of either:
hd 5450 -
gtx 210 -
GT 8400GS-

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I have used a 8400GS personally as a temporary card and I must admit that I was impressed.
For a really low-end card, it did a good job at running The Witcher campaign at med 1680x1050 (super high OC on CPU tho).
I think it's a solid card and I would recommend it.

However, the 5450 that I don't have any experience with, seems to be newer and with better memory capability, I would list the above mentioned cards as:

5450>8400>210 smile.gif

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You will be fine with any of those cards. But I would go with the GT 210 personally. Nvidia drivers and Nvidia Control Panel are superior to ATI's in my opinion. And the difference in performance between the 210 and 8400GS is minimal, and since you aren't using it for gaming it shouldn't matter anyway, so I'd go with the 210 just because it's a newer chip. Good luck!

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Between the three I would get the GT 210, it is the cheapest, plain and simple. Or if you have a computer recycling company near you call them and pick up a used card for a little more than free.
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