dell inspirion 620 replace graphics card

I am new to the forums and am debating getting a new computer or attempting to upgrade cheaply what I have. I am looking to spend under 150 on upgrades if possible.

I currently have a Intel Core i5 2400 with the below stats
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Size 8 GBytes
Channels Dual

Graphics card currently
AMD Radeon HD 6450
Memory size 1024 MB
PCI device bus 1 (0x1), device 0 (0x0), function 0 (0x0)

Win32_VideoController AdapterRAM = 0x40000000 (1073741824)
Win32_VideoController DriverVersion =
Win32_VideoController DriverDate = 03/28/2013

My PSU is a Del d300:(

I am thinking of a Asus AMD Radeon HD 6670 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 Graphics Card for $86, but was not sure if it may be a dramatic increase or better cheaply upgrading PSU and card

Thank you so much for the help
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  1. A radeon 7750 should be a great upgrade for that system, it's quicker than the 6670 while also consuming less power. The 7750 should also work fine with a 300W PSU. Also, the 6670 is far too weak to use that 2GB of VRAM, I'd recommend the GDDR5 version of the 7750.

    That i5-2400 is a very capable CPU, so an upgrade to the power supply would give you alot of upgrade options such as getting a higher end video card.
  2. would there be much benefit in getting an upgrade cheaply for the PSU such as
    for 19 after rebate (430w) or am I better spending a little more to create more options? I am also concerned as I am told the Dell motherboards and cases are harder to find good parts for
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    Well if you upgraded to that PSU you could get a better card to go with it, if your Dell is a minitower it should fit nicely
    If this looks like yours, then someone modified theirs into a gaming build :D,r:1,s:0,i:82&iact=rc&page=1&tbnh=188&tbnw=259&start=0&ndsp=34&tx=449&ty=216

    It would be better to spend towards a decent 500W or so power supply, as it expands your future options

    But for the moment that one has a decent 12v rail outputting 32A, even though the 7850 on paper requires a 500W PSU with 21A, that 430W with 32A should do the job fine

    Then getting this 7850 would be worthwhile combined with that PSU

    A slightly better upgrade option might be this EVGA 500W (40A on the 12v rail)

    This card should also be worth considering (performs close to a 7950) which requires about 25A
  4. Thank you so much for the help, what do you think about this as it would keep me close to a $100 and I think I may want to upgrade the pc in two years or so. I think this power supply would also allow me to add an extra Hdd for pics like my wife wants:)

    MSI R7790-1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7790 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready (79.99)

    combined with a CORSAIR CX series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply for 24
  5. That looks like a worthy investment, if you're gaming though, the 2GB version of that card would be worth the extra money

    MSI R7850-2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 for 109 would a be a worthwhile improvement?
  7. As long as your system is a tower and can fit a full size PCI-E graphics card, that 7850 is a great improvement
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