Upgrade video card for Dell Inspiron 530

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?
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  1. I forgot to mention, I have 3 GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6420 (4MB L2 Cache,2.13GHz,1066 FSB), and I am running Vista 32.
  2. Have you thought about adding a dedicated graphics card PSU and installing a high end card.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153037
  3. Thanks for the suggestion! To be honest, I have not but I will definitely consider it now! That would open up more attractive options...

    If I do not go this, however, what are my realistic choices? 8600GT? 2600XT?
  4. 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.
  5. I hear you.....

    Thanks for the advice!
  6. badge said:
    I don't why the 8600GT or 2600XT would not work fine.


    They would, both are offered as options when configuring a 530.
  7. 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.

    most likely we have the same PSU.
  8. Thanks for the advice. How do u like the 3850?
  9. faroodi said:
    Thanks for the advice. How do u like the 3850?


    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.

    good luck on the videocard you choose man.
  10. aylafan said:
    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.


    Just so you are aware,those two 18 amp rails have a combined output of 284 watts or 22 amps.
  11. 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:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048+1069609641+1305520548+106791921+1067928607+1068409614+1068309611&StoreType=7&CompareItemList=N82E16814150230%2cN82E16814130085%2cN82E16814150265%2cN82E16814150229%2cN82E16814150258&bop=And
  12. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150258

    This one would be the best (if it comes back in stock)
    140mhz o'c core
    200mhz o'c vram
    Zalman cooler

    probably why it's out of stock
  13. faroodi said:
    I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 530.


    If it's not too late and you're not hit with restocking fees, take it back and build your own. Or, sell it on Craigslist / local ads.

    Modding a PC with a cramped case, weak PSU, and non-overclockable BIOS/motherboard is a waste (first hand experience).
  14. badge said:
    Have you thought about adding a dedicated graphics card PSU and installing a high end card.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153037


    Why not go for a similar priced PSU?
    http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-450w-power-supply/q/loc/101/205466485.html
  15. Noya said:
    If it's not too late and you're not hit with restocking fees, take it back and build your own. Or, sell it on Craigslist / local ads.

    Modding a PC with a cramped case, weak PSU, and non-overclockable BIOS/motherboard is a waste (first hand experience).

    You got a link for Craiglist so I can sell my lacking E521 (specs below)?
    Thanks
    btw: you want to make an offer, it looks like it would be an upgrade for you?
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