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January 17, 2014 11:21:49 AM

I just bought a dell 660 with a i3 processer and it has integrated graphics. I play war thunder a lot and I would like to upgrade to a better graphics card. can anyone tell me what I need to do because im not real tech smart. I also don't want to spend much.

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January 17, 2014 11:27:52 AM

Yes we need full system specs please. Especially the form factor.

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January 17, 2014 11:28:04 AM

The motherboard on the Dell 660 has a PCI-e 16x lane, which is compatible with most cards. However, the power supply on the system might be a little weak which might limit the amount of cards that are compatible with the system. What's your budget for a card?
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January 17, 2014 11:28:36 AM

i3 3240 I think 3.4 ghz 4gb ram and 1tb hard drive. I not real smart on this stuff so sorry if I don't answer correctly
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January 17, 2014 11:29:19 AM

budget is under $150
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a b U Graphics card
January 17, 2014 11:32:47 AM

shooter dan: What form factor is your case? Mini-Tower? Small desktop? Or even smaller?
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January 17, 2014 11:34:37 AM

sorry *this is the computer I just got
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January 17, 2014 11:35:07 AM

shooter dan said:
budget is under $150


HD7850 GHZ OR 7870 GHZ for the price range. you may be stuck at a 7750 though with your psu.

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a c 319 U Graphics card
January 17, 2014 11:37:24 AM

shooter dan said:
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-660s/pd?oc=fdcwsx389&...
ts is he computer I just got


Yep, that's a slimline. You will have to look for low profile card. Ignore my previous link.
Ex: http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-DisplayPort-Profi...
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January 17, 2014 11:39:36 AM

thanks for all your help guys. im just now getting into this technical stuff, so this really helps. any more imfo u can giv me will be greatlyappreciated.
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January 17, 2014 11:58:04 AM

so I can get a graphics card as long as it a low profile card then right?
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a c 319 U Graphics card
January 17, 2014 12:04:01 PM

shooter dan said:
so I can get a graphics card as long as it a low profile card then right?


Yes, but it still would be nice if you provided some info about the PSU. Those small TFX PSUs run from 220W to 300W. Can you look on the PSU's nameplate and read the rating of the +12V rail in amps. It may have more than one rail.
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January 17, 2014 12:19:48 PM

sorry I cant find anything written on the tower. I really don't know what im doing. where would this imfo be located?
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a c 319 U Graphics card
January 17, 2014 12:25:17 PM

shooter dan said:
sorry I cant find anything written on the tower. I really don't know what im doing. where would this imfo be located?


On the PSU (power supply) itself. On its nameplate. You'll have to open your case.
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January 17, 2014 12:46:56 PM

I think maybe it says 18 amp. would that be right?
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a c 319 U Graphics card
January 17, 2014 2:56:46 PM

Yeah, sounds about right, except it should have a 2nd +12V rail since that is such a low current rating. If it only has 1 x (+12V) rail rated at 18A, you better not add a discrete card, after all. Not unless you want to change the PSU to a more powerful one.
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