am i doomed with my dell? 7 replies

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#1 16 years ago

i have a Dell dimension 4500S (slim case) and my parents bought me a bfg tech geforce fx 5500 OC 256 graphics card for christmas from best buy..turns out the car does not going to take the card back tomorrow but is there anything that will fit? i know many of you may say save your money but i just want a decent graphics card..any help would be cool..also if a card will fit suggestions as to a good card will be helpful


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#2 16 years ago

Dell doesn't seem to be carrying that model anymore (a perennial problem with them), but if your computer is wrapped up in the case that I think it is, then you're screwed. I've been into several of those little Dell cases, and they haven't got any option to expand with PCI or AGP cards.

Assuming I'm wrong, and your case has got a real AGP slot... you might be able to fit something like a Radeon 7000 into it, as they're fairly svelte. But otherwise...


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#3 16 years ago

Your gonna need to find a "Low Profile" PCI card. All that Dell has is 2 PCI slots.

Dell 5400s Support Specifications Page.

Matrox Low profile Graphics Card

Jaton nVIDIA GeForceFX 5200

Jaton Low Profile cards, AGP, PCI.


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#4 16 years ago

ooo only 2 pci slots, that sux

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#5 16 years ago

You would probably be better off using a homebuilt. Dell I swear does this on purpose to keep people from upgrading their stuff.


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#6 16 years ago

it's a conspiracy.


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#7 16 years ago

My guess is that your Dell computer doesn't have an AGP slot which is required in order to install the graphics card. Same thing happened to me. My grandfather bought me a Dell computer that had intergrated video. I however wanted a, Ati Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card. So I bought the card. Took the computer to a computer repair shop so that a computer technician could install the card for me. Nope. Got a call from him some time later telling me that I don't have an AGP slot, so the card won't install. To fix this problem, I had to get a new motherboard, new case, new power supply in order to get the card installed.

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#8 16 years ago

I hate those Dell commericals, acting like their computers are the cutting edge. What shit.