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03-13-2009 08:41 AM - edited 03-13-2009 08:42 AM
My PC is a month out of warranty and it breaks down. The graphics card fan was designed to pop out, and it did just that resulting in a frazzled video card. So now I'm on the epic mission of trying to replace the card. I've called the call centre at 60p a minute, and they couldn't help or even suggest an alternative. The card I'm trying to replace is a PCI Express graphics card - 256MB, ATI RV610LE, HD2400, low profile- (my computer is a slimline). The only card I have managed to find is ATI Radeon HD2400 Pro DVI Video Card. Low-Profile, PCI-Express with 256MB HD 2400 oem on amazon.co.uk. So my query is, will the card I found on amazon be compatible with my PC?
Any other suggestions or alternatives are welcome, because I really don't want to write off this PC just yet, although in future I will never by a minitower system again.
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03-13-2009 09:28 AM
It will work. Just make sure that the physical dimensions are the same/smaller than your existing card. Those Slimline PCs cost more $ to fix due to the smaller form factor. They don't vent well so reliability will be an issue over time.
A basic 7200GS card will also do the job while saving you $. No need to spend more $ on HD2400 unless you need a faster card for gaming. Besides, that heat sink is huge per the pic.
03-13-2009 09:56 AM - edited 03-13-2009 09:58 AM
Thanks, I have to try and find a card that does not have d-sub because it won't fit into tower, and somewhere that sell it, because I live in england, which probably would have been helpful if I had added that in the opening post- sorry! But even so thanks I was begining to think that there wasn't a graphics card out there to fit into my slimline!
EDIT: I do use my PC for the sims 2.
03-13-2009 10:10 AM - edited 03-13-2009 10:17 AM
I see. So you need a powerful card that's small enough to fit into that case. Only problem is more power = more heat = larger heat sink assembly. Why not move the internals to a larger case? You'll need a new powersupply, but you can get a much better video card for less $. Another benefit is better cooling for the electronics and less noise due to the larger exhaust fans. I like the Antec Solo and 300.
You can re-use the powersupply and case for a future build. Add a 9600GT, 9600GSO, or 4830 to run the latest games.
05-23-2009 02:45 PM
I've also been looking for a better video card. I'm using the integrated ndivia 6150se on the VGA port. This has only 128mb m emorybut works ok.
If I find a card I'll move the monitor to its DVI port. The problem is the power requirements. The Upgrading and Servicing Guide for the S3220n slimline in the PCI-E section says to use a card with a maximum of 25 Watts. If any of the power requirement specifications for the video boards are given they are requiring 300 watt power supply and the slimline only has 160 watts.
In summary needed: card with at least 256 mb memory; low profile with single bracket; power of 25 watts or less; better performance than 6150se; low cost.