i have an ati 4850 right now. came in my dell xps...and i know...well, not very much about pc hardware.
i was looking at newer cards and they seem to range between like 50 bucks and like a grand. really a 1000$$ firestream? wtf is that?
anyways, what can my computer 'handle' and actually use all of the cards potential? and i'd like to spend less than 300 if possible~~~ my computer buddies would be installing the card...so dont include installation.
Time of this report: 2/19/2010, 13:47:51
Machine name: OWNER-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.091208-0542)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Studio XPS 435MT
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory: 4086MB RAM
Page File: 1764MB used, 6615MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 64bit Unicod
Keep in mind that the Studio XPS 435's case is pretty small and there's limited airflow. I had to fight with the case a bit to get an ATI 4870 to fit. I believe that computer only has one PCI Express power connector so you can't use something with 2 unless you upgrade the power supply. I sort of turned my XPS 435 into spare parts for a different i7 build so I don't quite remember it that well anymore... You may want to try cleaning out your existing video card and see if that helps temperaturewise.