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  • Computard here...need help upgrading video card

    I've replaced a few cards in my day, but I'm a little hesitant with my current rig. I have a Dell XPS 710 and I've read that they have an odd (and obsolete) motherboard. I'm don't want to buy a new card and have it not be compatible.

    I currently have an nVidia 9500gt. I'd like to upgrade to something in the 150-200$ range. Any advice would be great. I should mention that I'm upgrading specifically for Diablo 3. I played the open beta and it ran OK, but I've been waiting so long for this damn game that I'd like the experience to be as smooth as possible. Thanks!


    Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.120305-0430)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: Dell XPS710
    BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 1.4.1
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6400 @ 2.13GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
    Memory: 2556MB RAM
    Page File: 923MB used, 4405MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce 9500 GT
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0640&SUBSYS_094319F1&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 2032 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 1009 MB
    Shared Memory: 1022 MB
    Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: HF257
    Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dll,nvwgf2um.dll
    Driver Version: 8.17.0012.9573 (English)
    DDI Version: 10
    BGRA Supported: Yes
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 2/9/2012 22:43:00, 15009600 bytes

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    The existing GeForce 9500 GT card is a fairly low power PCI-E 2.0 card.

    So assuming you have space in the box and the power supply is up to the job, you can probably drop almost any current video card into the box.

    The reviews I read seem to indicate that
    Diablo 3 doesn't need a super high end video card or CPU. Plus you aren't running at very high video resolution (1440 x 900).

    Also consider upgrading to 64bit Vista (or Win7). You should be able to get to 4GB of RAM for not much $$.