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I have a Dell Inspiron 531 I want to upgrade. It is a 16x2 5600 2.8 ghz 3gb ram. Will it run a ati 5850 card? I have a 650 wat

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June 3, 2014 11:47:46 AM

It will if the "650W" PSU is of good quality and has sufficient +12V rail specs. Do you know the make/model of the PSU? (I'm assuming it is not a stock Dell unit)
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June 3, 2014 12:28:58 PM

it is a Kentek power supply, models is a pspk680
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June 3, 2014 12:42:59 PM

Whoa! That is a very low quality, cheap PSU. I can almost guarantee that it is not a true "650W" PSU. Unless you can verify the +12V rating on the nameplate of the unit, I would not use that with the 151W gfx card. Does it even have the necessary 2 x 6 pin PCIe power cables needed to power the card?
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June 3, 2014 2:13:19 PM

thought so. it does have 1 pci e connector and 1 adapter......pci-e to two molex. just going to buy a corsair i think. thanks for the advice!

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June 3, 2014 3:12:26 PM

road_dog said:
thought so. it does have 1 pci e connector and 1 adapter......pci-e to two molex. just going to buy a corsair i think. thanks for the advice!



I was referrring to the PSU having 2 x PCIe 6 pin connectors, not the card. The cards usually come with Molex adapters just in case. But yeah, the upgrade would be a wise idea.

Just a suggestion... unless you are determined to get that older hot running HD 5850, you could buy a new GTX 750 Ti that will out perform the 5850 and not require an aux power cable. AND, you wouldn't have to upgrade your PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 6, 2014 2:27:17 PM

well i bought the corsair tx650 installed it hooked everything up and.....bam same damn thing. video card will not boot. fan on video card is on but blank screen. should i install drivers before i install card? should install the ati catylist before card? really dont think it would matter since it wont boot anyway. any suggestions? i have a nvidia quadro that works just fine but i am trying to run 3 monitors and that wont do it. so i thought i would give eyeinfinity a try.

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June 6, 2014 2:39:21 PM

Drivers won't matter until Windows is loaded. If you are not getting a display with the card in the slot at boot, it could be several things... including a bad card. Do you know if the card works?

Maybe you better list some specs of your system. CPU, motherboard, etc. I have no idea what "16x2 5600" refers to. Dell made a whole slew of those 531s with various components.
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June 6, 2014 3:08:56 PM

dell inspiron 531 AMD Athlon 64 x 2 dual core processor 5600+ 2.80 ghz, 3.00 GB Ram, 32 bit operating system. Running windows 7 service pack 1
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June 6, 2014 3:09:37 PM

The card was running when sent to me
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June 6, 2014 7:10:45 PM

1) Does the PC produce a display and boot when the monitor is connected to the integrated video output from the MB?

2) How are you connecting the card to the monitor... DVI to DVI, DVI to VGA, VGA to VGA, HDMI to HDMI, ...?

3) On some older Dells (about that era) you needed to go into BIOS and manually select the PCIe X16 slot instead of the integrated video. They didn't auto switch like boards do today.
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June 7, 2014 10:34:44 AM

no boot display at all. no beep from the pc. i did go into bios and switched to pci-e. the monitor is dvi to dvi
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June 7, 2014 12:52:26 PM

road_dog said:
no boot display at all. no beep from the pc. i did go into bios and switched to pci-e. the monitor is dvi to dvi


No boot or beep? Go back into BIOS and enable the integrated video and re-connect your cable to it. (You may have to remove the card from the slot). Let's be sure you can get a display and boot with the integrated video before going any further.
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June 9, 2014 3:59:35 PM

i can get a display with my nvidia quadro in
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June 9, 2014 7:05:44 PM

road_dog said:
i can get a display with my nvidia quadro in


Then it would seem the HD 5850 is defective. I presume you have both 6 pin cables plugged into the card.
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June 18, 2014 4:47:42 PM

ok, getting rid of the 5850. looking to get the saphire radeon r7 250. does anyone know if it will run 3 monitors in eye infinity by itself?

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June 18, 2014 7:15:08 PM

No way you'd want that for 3 monitors (1080p each?). The R7-250 is a (single) 720p card at best.
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