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    Vid card compatibility?

    Im thinking of buying THIS so I can play BF2, and was wondering if it will be compatible with my Dell Dimension 4550 with Intel Pentium 4 Processor at 2 GHz.

    Keep in mind Im budget worthy and not looking for a high-end card, I just want one that will run the damn game!

    Any help is greatly appreciated

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    Personally I'd stretch to this as it'll last you longer....

    FYI - you could prolly find it even cheaper on ebay now too....

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    it will most likely work if the card uses the same bus thats on the mobo. if its pci-e card and you only have agp on board, then it wont. just make sure you have the correct card for the board.

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    I dont think the link worked. But will that be compatible?

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    ok i just checked, the card is agp, most likely that dell uses agp unless its a brand new gamer which we know it isnt.

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    Yea this comp is 2 years old, so i doubt its anything unordinary.

    Thanks for the help!

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    I don't think Dell made PCIe slots on their 4550's so an AGP card is probably the way to go, but check your documentation to be certain.

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    Ok it says my Dell uses a PCI Bus for my nvidia. So I guess I gotta look for a PCI now?

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    I found another that should be compatible

    here

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    lol pci, thats rich. what cpu do you have in it?

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    here are my specs

    Intel (R)
    Pentium (R) CPU 2 GHZ
    512 MB Ram
    Nvidia Geforce 420 or something like that

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    hmm, pentium 4 im guessing, the best thing to do if i were you would be to get a new motherboard, you can get a good one pretty cheap for that proc. im thinking thats a socket 478. get you one with agp 8x support, and maybe put in another 512 stick

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    I would recommend a 6600GT or 9800 for you.

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    I read on some other forum that Dell 4550s support both AGP and PCI, but not PCI express. If this is true Im gonne go for a Radeon 9800 Pro. also, if the card says 4x/8x, does that mean it supports both 4x and 8x AGP?

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    yup, look on your board. if it has pci slots and some different looking slot next to them, thats agp. if not, cough up about 60 dollars and get a really good motherboard.

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