Dell Dimension 4600 Compatibility
I have recently upgraded my ancient dell monitor in for a 22" Samsung 2433BW

full specs:
[url="http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/spec.do?group=computersperipherals&type=monitors&subtype=lcd&model_cd=LS24CMKKFV/ZA&fullspec=F"]http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/...V/ZA&fullspec=F[/url]

After this installation my graphics are obviously very choppy and fuzzy. I have consulted numerous computer savvy people about what I should do. They all seem to say a better graphics card. So this is the problem... I'd like to see some good options and I don’t know where else to turn.

The specs for my computer are here:

[url="http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4600/en/4600/sm/specs.htm#1084976"]http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...ecs.htm#1084976[/url]

The only difference is I have 3 gig's of RAM and I have replaced the DVD burner

I know that NVIDIA may very well not carry the graphics cards anymore but I would still like to see all options. I don’t mind paying for something I feel will get the job done.

Thanks for all your help!
I have recently upgraded my ancient dell monitor in for a 22" Samsung 2433BW



full specs:

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/...V/ZA&fullspec=F



After this installation my graphics are obviously very choppy and fuzzy. I have consulted numerous computer savvy people about what I should do. They all seem to say a better graphics card. So this is the problem... I'd like to see some good options and I don’t know where else to turn.



The specs for my computer are here:



http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...ecs.htm#1084976



The only difference is I have 3 gig's of RAM and I have replaced the DVD burner



I know that NVIDIA may very well not carry the graphics cards anymore but I would still like to see all options. I don’t mind paying for something I feel will get the job done.



Thanks for all your help!

#1
Posted 10/18/2008 05:16 AM   
Hi!

Yeah, if you are running that 24" Samsung on the integrated, Intel Extreme Graphics 2 video chip? Then I'm not surpriced you have choppy picture.

The Intel, integrated video will have to struggle to the core to try to keep up.


The most powerful AGP video card of today is this:

[url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3855381&CatId=318"]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...55381&CatId=318[/url]

A slightly cheaper AGP card, but still good is this:


[url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4097741&CatId=318"]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...97741&CatId=318[/url]


But as your Dell power supply is way too weak to provide enough power for any of these cards.

You will have to upgrade the psu too. That will go for any upgrade of the video card you pick that is worth the name btw.

This is the recommended psu upgrade for your Dimension 4600:

[url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3876197&CatId=1079"]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...6197&CatId=1079[/url]

The problem with most of Dell's pc's, is that you can't just run off and buy any third party power supply. This goes especially for older Dell's as the motherboard soldering are adapted for specific Dell psu's. This is Dell's little trick, to make you buy DELL stuff only. Also, Dell cases are custom sized. Wich may mean that a non Dell approved psu may not fit.


Also, make sure to disable the Intel, on board video chip in the motherboard bios, before mounting the new card.

And uninstall the driver for it as soon as you have the new card up and going.
Hi!



Yeah, if you are running that 24" Samsung on the integrated, Intel Extreme Graphics 2 video chip? Then I'm not surpriced you have choppy picture.



The Intel, integrated video will have to struggle to the core to try to keep up.





The most powerful AGP video card of today is this:



http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...55381&CatId=318



A slightly cheaper AGP card, but still good is this:





http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...97741&CatId=318





But as your Dell power supply is way too weak to provide enough power for any of these cards.



You will have to upgrade the psu too. That will go for any upgrade of the video card you pick that is worth the name btw.



This is the recommended psu upgrade for your Dimension 4600:



http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...6197&CatId=1079



The problem with most of Dell's pc's, is that you can't just run off and buy any third party power supply. This goes especially for older Dell's as the motherboard soldering are adapted for specific Dell psu's. This is Dell's little trick, to make you buy DELL stuff only. Also, Dell cases are custom sized. Wich may mean that a non Dell approved psu may not fit.





Also, make sure to disable the Intel, on board video chip in the motherboard bios, before mounting the new card.



And uninstall the driver for it as soon as you have the new card up and going.

Case: Antec P 180B. modded. 2 x 120mm Noctua fans.

Psu: Corsair HX 750W modular.

Mobo: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR.

Cpu: Intel Core i7 920 2.6GHz @ 3.4 GHz.

Cpu cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE1366.

RAM: Kingston HyperX 3GB DDR 3. 1600

Video cards: Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X Crossfire.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar 640gb Black edt.

Sound: Auzentech X-FI Prelude. Camebridge Desktop theatre 5.1 speakers.

#2
Posted 10/18/2008 11:10 AM   
Wow, thanks for the reply! Couldn't have asked for anything better!

I apologize but I don't know too much about graphic cards. I was wondering if this one would work and if it does, would it be a good one to use with my current monitor. I'm not going to do much gaming but I do enjoy watching movies/tv shows on the monitor. It's nice to have everything crisp and looking good

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102762"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102762[/url]


Again, thanks for your help!
Wow, thanks for the reply! Couldn't have asked for anything better!



I apologize but I don't know too much about graphic cards. I was wondering if this one would work and if it does, would it be a good one to use with my current monitor. I'm not going to do much gaming but I do enjoy watching movies/tv shows on the monitor. It's nice to have everything crisp and looking good



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102762





Again, thanks for your help!

#3
Posted 10/18/2008 10:42 PM   
No problems.


Yeah, the HD 3650, should fit your needs as you are'nt into serious gaming.
Still, this card will play most games in a o.k way at mid quality settings and in game 1280 x 1024 or 1400 x 900 wide screen resoloution.

The card supports HDTV, Blue ray and Windows Vista DirectX 10 / DirectX 10.1 too. Are backwards compatible to DirectX 9.0.

Tip: As soon as you have uninstalled the Intel, integrated video chip driver in Windows control panel - add / remove programs.

Install the driver that comes on the driver cd for the HD 3650. This, to make Windows recognize the card. Then at once, download / update the driver to Catalyst 8.10. This, as this driver allows fan control for your video card fan in the driver control centre (overdrive menue). You may need to crank the video card fan up some, as the default fan speed with the compatible drivers are set only to 30% speed. Besides, that the Catalyst 8.10 is a great driver.

Try to find a good balance between fan noise and cooling. Guess the sweet spot, will be around 50% fan speed.

If you tick the 'Enable ATI Overdrive' box in the Control Centre. The Overdrive software, will actively monitor your graphics card's temperature.

Here is the 8.10 driver and a guide for the driver, Catalyst Control Centre:

[url="http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.10-WHQL-XP-32-bit-download-2093.html"]http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8...nload-2093.html[/url]

Guide:

[url="http://www.tweakguides.com/ATICAT_7.html"]http://www.tweakguides.com/ATICAT_7.html[/url]

Btw, you can order the PC Power and Cooling 500W from newegg too:

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703015"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817703015[/url]

When you are in the motherboard bios disableing the Intel video chip? Crank up the "AGP Aparture size" too as much as you can. This is for the video card memory.


You're welcome /wave.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':wave:' />
No problems.





Yeah, the HD 3650, should fit your needs as you are'nt into serious gaming.

Still, this card will play most games in a o.k way at mid quality settings and in game 1280 x 1024 or 1400 x 900 wide screen resoloution.



The card supports HDTV, Blue ray and Windows Vista DirectX 10 / DirectX 10.1 too. Are backwards compatible to DirectX 9.0.



Tip: As soon as you have uninstalled the Intel, integrated video chip driver in Windows control panel - add / remove programs.



Install the driver that comes on the driver cd for the HD 3650. This, to make Windows recognize the card. Then at once, download / update the driver to Catalyst 8.10. This, as this driver allows fan control for your video card fan in the driver control centre (overdrive menue). You may need to crank the video card fan up some, as the default fan speed with the compatible drivers are set only to 30% speed. Besides, that the Catalyst 8.10 is a great driver.



Try to find a good balance between fan noise and cooling. Guess the sweet spot, will be around 50% fan speed.



If you tick the 'Enable ATI Overdrive' box in the Control Centre. The Overdrive software, will actively monitor your graphics card's temperature.



Here is the 8.10 driver and a guide for the driver, Catalyst Control Centre:



http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8...nload-2093.html



Guide:



http://www.tweakguides.com/ATICAT_7.html



Btw, you can order the PC Power and Cooling 500W from newegg too:



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817703015



When you are in the motherboard bios disableing the Intel video chip? Crank up the "AGP Aparture size" too as much as you can. This is for the video card memory.





You're welcome /wave.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':wave:' />

Case: Antec P 180B. modded. 2 x 120mm Noctua fans.

Psu: Corsair HX 750W modular.

Mobo: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR.

Cpu: Intel Core i7 920 2.6GHz @ 3.4 GHz.

Cpu cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE1366.

RAM: Kingston HyperX 3GB DDR 3. 1600

Video cards: Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X Crossfire.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar 640gb Black edt.

Sound: Auzentech X-FI Prelude. Camebridge Desktop theatre 5.1 speakers.

#4
Posted 10/19/2008 10:00 AM   
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