I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 530. I do light gaming and some video editing etc. I currently have an nVidia 8300GS with 128 MB RAM. I am looking for something better but I am limited by my 300W PS. Any suggestions?
I have seen so many of these posts asking what to do upgrading their Dell with the inferior PSU. Why doesn't Dell just fix this? Never owned a Dell. I don't why the 8600GT or 2600XT would not work fine.
dell PSUs are not that inferor as you believe them to be. they are actually decent PSUs. of course there are better ones out there, but they are enough for most people's needs.
i own a dell dimension e520 with a 305W PSU and it has two 12V+ rails both rated at 18A. most computers don't even use that much total watts. if you look at all the computers with Q6600 processors, raptor harddrives, 8800gt's, and other devices. they don't even use more than 400 watts and most of the time below or around 300 watts. my computer specs are a e6420 processor, 2gb ddr2 ram, 320gb harddrive, dvd burner, hd 3850 videocard, and an audigy 2 soundcard with the standard dell PSU. i haven't had any blue screens of death and playing graphic intense games (bioshock, call of duty 4, crysis) haven't caused me any problems.
so if i am able to run a hd 3850 videocard on my dell computer. i don't see why you cannot run a 8600gt or a 2600xt on your dell computer.
i love the hd 3850. it runs most of the new games just fine. the videocard is pretty long though. it is right underneath the huge, dell CPU heatsink, but it isn't touching it. so it's fine. just make sure the videocard you are getting will fit in your case. mine. however, can only fit single-slot videocards because of the BTX design.
After thinking about it, I am leaning towards an nVidia 8600GT with 256 MB GDDR3 RAM. I found for good prices on newegg, but I am not sure as the differences between the fans. I realize that some are oc and some are not but I am not sure which fan is better for cooling and which ones are quieter. Below is a link to what I was considering: