Power Supply And Graphics Card

Hello everybody! I have found out that my computer excepts DDR2 types of graphics card, so I picked one out already. Please tell me if this: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA---GeForce-6200-512MB-D...;tab=specifications?id=1218286818302&skuId=1734043#tab=overview

is compatible with an Inspiron 531s (that is my system model).
I also found out that I have too little wattage to support this card, so I also need you to find me a power supply compatible with my system model that is around $50-$70. The card needs only 400w to run in by the way. (My computer excepts PCI interface graphics cards).

Here are my specs:

Processor: AMD Athlon (tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.30 GHz
RAM: 2 GB
System Type: 32-bit
System Model: Inspiron 531s
BIOS Version: Dell Inc. 1.0.6

Answers ASAP please.
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  1. Im sorry but you need a whole new PC. That graphics card and CPU combination will not run ANYTHING AT ALL from within the past 10 years.

    Years and years ago I played.. or tried to play, counter strike source with that GPU and I had to run it on lowest possible settings at 1024x768 and got about 20 FPS max.
  2. I wonder why you picked the 6200. If you look at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html you will notice that the old 8800gts is much faster then you 6200.
    The older cards like 8800 GTS 512MB are sold 2nd hand a lot. If you want to get a new card, check the hierarcy list in the above link.

    About you power supply. Buy a well known brand of 400-450 watt, with 80-85% efficientcy.
    If you buy a cheap 400 watt PSU, you will need to go buy a new one soon.... Because they are not maid to deliver 400 watt continously. For the price you pay you can buy a real nice one.
  3. Inspiron 531s has a PCIE slot so you should buy a pcie GFx card a gt520 or gt610 or something simmilar and if gaming a HD 6570 and a Corsair CX430 powersupply or similar


    Edit:
    The middle long black slot where a pcie GFX card can be fitted
    http://www.teleful.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/d/e/dell_inspiron_531_531s_.m2n61-ax_dell_c61_ry206.jpg
  4. @diasin That's not true that a DDr motherboard will not play games well. My older PC: AMD x2 5200+ with a 8800GTS, 4GB memory DDR2 was running very well. I used new ATX power supplies as well.

    I just bought a newer AM3+ Motherboard with X4 AMD CPU and a Radeon 7770 HD 1GB. My last PC died after about 5 years loyal service. Bios broken down...
  5. chihwahli said:
    @diasin That's not true that a DDr motherboard will not play games well. My older PC: AMD x2 5200+ with a 8800GTS, 4GB memory DDR2 was running very well. I used new ATX power supplies as well.

    I just bought a newer AM3+ Motherboard with X4 AMD CPU and a Radeon 7770 HD 1GB. My last PC died after about 5 years loyal service. Bios broken down...


    I never said anything about it being a DDR motherboard. I just said that that GPU/CPU combo wont play anything recent. There is a GIGANTIC difference between the 8800GTS you had and the Geforce 6200 he is looking at. That card is so old that it only comes in AGP and PCI (Non-express) interfaces, and even when it was new it was very low end.
  6. SlimT-1285671 said:
    Hello everybody! I have found out that my computer excepts DDR2 types of graphics card, so I picked one out already. Please tell me if this: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA---GeForce-6200-512MB-D...;tab=specifications?id=1218286818302&skuId=1734043#tab=overview

    is compatible with an Inspiron 531s (that is my system model).
    I also found out that I have too little wattage to support this card, so I also need you to find me a power supply compatible with my system model that is around $50-$70. The card needs only 400w to run in by the way. (My computer excepts PCI interface graphics cards).

    Here are my specs:

    Processor: AMD Athlon (tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.30 GHz
    RAM: 2 GB
    System Type: 32-bit
    System Model: Inspiron 531s
    BIOS Version: Dell Inc. 1.0.6

    Answers ASAP please.


    Your Dell Inspiron 531s small-form-factor desktop only accepts low profile graphics cards.

    The EVGA - GeForce 6200 512MB DDR2 PCI Graphics Card, Model: 512-P1-N402-LR, SKU: 1734043, that you've linked to, is a full height card and will not fit in the Inspiron 531s slimline case.

    Something like this, as an example, would work:

    PowerColor AX7750 1GBD5-HL Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131480

    The power supply used in the Dell Inspiron 531s is a TFX form factor power supply unit. An upgrade would require a PSU like the following, as an example:

    SeaSonic SS-350TGM Bulk 350W TFX12V (v2.31) 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151114

    For a system using a single Radeon HD 7750 graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 400 Watt or greater system power supply. The power supply should also have a maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 20 Amps or greater.

    Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Sufficient Total Combined Continuous Power/Current Available on the +12V Rail(s) rated at 45°C - 50°C ambient temperature, is the most critical factor.

    The Seasonic PC Switch Mode power supply TFX12V (v2.31) 350W (SS-350TGM), with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 29 Amps is more than sufficient to power your system configuration with a single Radeon HD 7750 graphics card.
  7. imomun said:
    Inspiron 531s has a PCIE slot so you should buy a pcie GFx card a gt520 or gt610 or something simmilar and if gaming a HD 6570 and a Corsair CX430 powersupply or similar


    Note: I opened the case up, the slot looks like a PCI-E x16 slot. Googled it and the specs told me it was x16. Could be wrong though.


    Edit:
    The middle long black slot where a pcie GFX card can be fitted
    http://www.teleful.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/d/e/dell_inspiron_531_531s_.m2n61-ax_dell_c61_ry206.jpg


    Yes, I am well aware that I have a PCI-E graphics card slot. Sorry for the confusion. Yes, I do need a new PSU by the way. I am looking for a 400w-450w PSU, and a pretty good not low-end or high-end, in the middle graphics card for gaming that is not so exspensive
  8. By the way guys, I don't need a whole new PC.
    I only use this computer for not too hardcore, graphics intensive games. I use it for work, and some gaming ;).
    Suggest me a 400w-450w PSU and a pretty good, not expensive (like $50-$75) graphics card that works for my Inspiron 531s also good for gaming-and I will consider!

    Cheers!

    Edit: As I said in the last post, I am well aware of my computer being REALLY bad, and that I need a better PSU, PCI-E graphics card/
  9. ko888 said:
    SlimT-1285671 said:
    Hello everybody! I have found out that my computer excepts DDR2 types of graphics card, so I picked one out already. Please tell me if this: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA---GeForce-6200-512MB-D...;tab=specifications?id=1218286818302&skuId=1734043#tab=overview

    is compatible with an Inspiron 531s (that is my system model).
    I also found out that I have too little wattage to support this card, so I also need you to find me a power supply compatible with my system model that is around $50-$70. The card needs only 400w to run in by the way. (My computer excepts PCI interface graphics cards).

    Here are my specs:

    Processor: AMD Athlon (tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.30 GHz
    RAM: 2 GB
    System Type: 32-bit
    System Model: Inspiron 531s
    BIOS Version: Dell Inc. 1.0.6

    Answers ASAP please.


    Your Dell Inspiron 531s small-form-factor desktop only accepts low profile graphics cards.

    The EVGA - GeForce 6200 512MB DDR2 PCI Graphics Card, Model: 512-P1-N402-LR, SKU: 1734043, that you've linked to, is a full height card and will not fit in the Inspiron 531s slimline case.

    Something like this, as an example, would work:

    PowerColor AX7750 1GBD5-HL Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131480

    The power supply used in the Dell Inspiron 531s is a TFX form factor power supply unit. An upgrade would require a PSU like the following, as an example:

    SeaSonic SS-350TGM Bulk 350W TFX12V (v2.31) 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151114

    For a system using a single Radeon HD 7750 graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 400 Watt or greater system power supply. The power supply should also have a maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 20 Amps or greater.

    Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Sufficient Total Combined Continuous Power/Current Available on the +12V Rail(s) rated at 45°C - 50°C ambient temperature, is the most critical factor.

    The Seasonic PC Switch Mode power supply TFX12V (v2.31) 350W (SS-350TGM), with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 29 Amps is more than sufficient to power your system configuration with a single Radeon HD 7750 graphics card.


    Thanks for pointing that out. The example graphics card-specs: 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
    PCI Express 3.0 x16

    <snip>
    I know now.
  10. imomun said:
    SlimT said:
    imomun said:
    Inspiron 531s has a PCIE slot so you should buy a pcie GFx card a gt520 or gt610 or something simmilar and if gaming a HD 6570 and a Corsair CX430 powersupply or similar


    Note: I opened the case up, the slot looks like a PCI-E x16 slot. Googled it and the specs told me it was x16. Could be wrong though.


    Edit:
    The middle long black slot where a pcie GFX card can be fitted
    http://www.teleful.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/d/e/dell_inspiron_531_531s_.m2n61-ax_dell_c61_ry206.jpg


    Yes, I am well aware that I have a PCI-E graphics card slot. Sorry for the confusion. Yes, I do need a new PSU by the way. I am looking for a 400w-450w PSU, and a pretty good not low-end or high-end, in the middle graphics card for gaming that is not so exspensive


    HD7750 + XFX450W

    An XFX 450W ATX12V PS2 form factor PSU will never fit in the Dell Inspiron 531s slimline case.

    The PSU must conform to the TFX12V form factor specification.

    The Seasonic SS-350TGM that I recommended is more than sufficient to do the job.
  11. ko888 said:
    imomun said:
    SlimT said:
    imomun said:
    Inspiron 531s has a PCIE slot so you should buy a pcie GFx card a gt520 or gt610 or something simmilar and if gaming a HD 6570 and a Corsair CX430 powersupply or similar


    Note: I opened the case up, the slot looks like a PCI-E x16 slot. Googled it and the specs told me it was x16. Could be wrong though.


    Edit:
    The middle long black slot where a pcie GFX card can be fitted
    http://www.teleful.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/d/e/dell_inspiron_531_531s_.m2n61-ax_dell_c61_ry206.jpg


    Yes, I am well aware that I have a PCI-E graphics card slot. Sorry for the confusion. Yes, I do need a new PSU by the way. I am looking for a 400w-450w PSU, and a pretty good not low-end or high-end, in the middle graphics card for gaming that is not so exspensive


    HD7750 + XFX450W

    An XFX 450W ATX12V PS2 form factor PSU will never fit in the Dell Inspiron 531s slimline case.

    The PSU must conform to the TFX12V form factor specification.

    The Seasonic SS-350TGM that I recommended is more than sufficient to do the job.


    Yeah TFX, OP got limited choice. Go with A TFX as ko88 Suggested and the HD7750
    (There will be some CPU bottoleneck in gaming though)

    EDIT : That SS-350TGM is so good that it might able to power a modern quad core built with HD7850 !
    But due to your 2.2GHZ Processor, On 2nd thought I think you can cut down the GFX to GT430 1GB.
    As HD7750 will be held back most times in recent games with that CPU @ 2.2GHz so no point.

    Heres A similar card : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134147
  12. ko888 said:
    SlimT-1285671 said:
    Hello everybody! I have found out that my computer excepts DDR2 types of graphics card, so I picked one out already. Please tell me if this: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA---GeForce-6200-512MB-D...;tab=specifications?id=1218286818302&skuId=1734043#tab=overview

    is compatible with an Inspiron 531s (that is my system model).
    I also found out that I have too little wattage to support this card, so I also need you to find me a power supply compatible with my system model that is around $50-$70. The card needs only 400w to run in by the way. (My computer excepts PCI interface graphics cards).

    Here are my specs:

    Processor: AMD Athlon (tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.30 GHz
    RAM: 2 GB
    System Type: 32-bit
    System Model: Inspiron 531s
    BIOS Version: Dell Inc. 1.0.6

    Answers ASAP please.


    Your Dell Inspiron 531s small-form-factor desktop only accepts low profile graphics cards.

    The EVGA - GeForce 6200 512MB DDR2 PCI Graphics Card, Model: 512-P1-N402-LR, SKU: 1734043, that you've linked to, is a full height card and will not fit in the Inspiron 531s slimline case.

    Something like this, as an example, would work:

    PowerColor AX7750 1GBD5-HL Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131480

    The power supply used in the Dell Inspiron 531s is a TFX form factor power supply unit. An upgrade would require a PSU like the following, as an example:

    SeaSonic SS-350TGM Bulk 350W TFX12V (v2.31) 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151114

    For a system using a single Radeon HD 7750 graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 400 Watt or greater system power supply. The power supply should also have a maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 20 Amps or greater.

    Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Sufficient Total Combined Continuous Power/Current Available on the +12V Rail(s) rated at 45°C - 50°C ambient temperature, is the most critical factor.

    The Seasonic PC Switch Mode power supply TFX12V (v2.31) 350W (SS-350TGM), with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 29 Amps is more than sufficient to power your system configuration with a single Radeon HD 7750 graphics card.



    <snip>

    Ahhh I see! So 300w-350w and specs like the example power supply you showed will be able to power the graphics card you displayed?
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