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Looking for a new graphics card

I currently have a Dell Inspiron 530s computer with an NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT graphics card. I NEED to get rid of it, lol. I can barely play Sim City 5 even with the lowest possible settings. I'm also a game developer and my 8500 just doesn't cut it.

My budget is $100 or less. Really low, I know, but I can't afford to purchase a super high-end card. I'd prefer to stay with NVIDIA, mainly because I'm scared to switch to AMD (I've only had NVIDIA cards my entire computer life).

I was looking at the GeForce 260 GTX, which seems nice, and I found one on eBay for $50. But I'm still very open to options. One thing I'm confused about is whether or not I need a low profile card. My dad says the PCI card has to be half height, but I'm not sure where he is getting that from. I even chatted with a Dell representative and he told me that I could certainly install a 260 GTX. I'm very confused about all this.

So anyway, what graphics cards would best suit my needs? Thanks. :)
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  1. http://www.dell.com/us/dfh/p/inspiron-530s/pd

    Bad news. You only have a 250W PSU, which would blow up most likely if you put something as power draining as a GTX260 in it.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202002

    That would be my suggestion. Should work fine on such a low power PSU and its half height.
  2. We actually upgraded the PSU sometime last year. I don't remember how many watts it is, and I think I can only find that out by opening up my computer. Not sure if I feel like doing it right this minute, I will check it in a little while.

    That 7750 looks alright, but I would much prefer something better. If that means I have to get a new PSU, then so be it. :)
  3. Well then! Upgraded the PSU! Open her up why don't you!? LOL

    The GTX260 is actually slower than the HD7750.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011

    At 100$ that is the best you are gonna get.

    The Nvidia equivalent.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500294
  4. The 530s is a slimline chassis and requires a half height card, as a full height card wont fit into the case. The 7750 is the best you are going to get in a half height form factor in the $100 range. Was the Dell rep you spoke to a tech or a sales rep? They obviously didnt look up the specs on the 530s or were looking at the 530(non s) as it is a mini tower chassis and will fit a full height card.
  5. bignastyid said:
    The 530s is a slimline chassis and requires a half height card, as a full height card wont fit into the case. The 7750 is the best you are going to get in a half height form factor in the $100 range. Was the Dell rep you spoke to a tech or a sales rep? They obviously didnt look up the specs on the 530s or were looking at the 530(non s) as its a is in a mini tower chassis and will fit a full height card.


    Ah thank you. Forgot about the half height thing in the second reply. LOL
  6. Are you sure you have the 530s and not the 530? The power supply in the 530s is a small form factor and are usually designed specifically for the case and difficult to upgrade.
  7. LOL, I guess I only upgraded to a 300W PSU! Yay! :/ Now that I think back on it, I only replaced it because the original one broke.

    Now I guess I'll have to purchase a new PSU, as well. My search will continue. Thanks for your help! :)

    ^ Yup, unfortunately it is the 530s. I'm thinking I'd be better off just buying a completely new computer.
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    Noah Roth said:
    LOL, I guess I only upgraded to a 300W PSU! Yay! :/ Now that I think back on it, I only replaced it because the original one broke.

    Now I guess I'll have to purchase a new PSU, as well. My search will continue. Thanks for your help! :)


    The HD7750 will work just fine on a 300W. Just go for the one I suggested.
  9. I agree there is no need for a new PSU, the 7750 is the best thing you can get in the low profile form factor and it will run fine on a 300w power supply. Also the core 2 duo's that shipped on the 530s will start to be the bottleneck with anything much faster than the 7750.
  10. Thanks you guys for the help! :)
  11. Pleasure.
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