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Inspiron 530 graphics card suggestions

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October 17, 2008 2:33:20 AM

I have a Dell Inspiron 530 with the Intel chipset as far as graphics go. It's not cutting it, even when playing Sim City 4.

Does anyone have suggestions for an upgrade? I just want something decent, but not too fancy.
I'm not sure, but I think the chipset is occupying the PCIE x 16 slot, and I don't know if I can take that out or what.

Thanks.

October 17, 2008 3:15:34 AM

Uh, no, your chipset is soldered onto the mainboard. You have a HD 2400 graphics card in your pci-e slot. That card does suck.

I would recommend a 8600 GT, or if you can afford it, a new ATI HD 4670.
October 17, 2008 7:52:01 PM

I don't think I have a graphics card at all:

Display Devices
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Card name: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) GMA 3100
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_29C2&SUBSYS_020D1028&REV_02
Display Memory: 286 MB
Dedicated Memory: 0 MB
Shared Memory: 286 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (59Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor

I have a Radeon HD 3450 graphics card, but I'm having trouble getting it put in. For some reason, it will only go in upside down since the connection is facing to the left (facing the back of my tower) and I can't figure out how to screw it in.

Does anyone know if this card even fits in an Inspiron 530? Thanks.
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October 17, 2008 8:18:59 PM

oh yes, the x3100 is total crap. But it isn't in your slot.

your case should look like this inside.


just push the card into the slot and plug your monitor cable into the card.
Post a pic of the card in the case if you are still having trouble.
a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2008 10:22:13 PM

It may be confusing because I think on the Dell's they place a lot of their boards on the opposite side of the case
a b U Graphics card
October 18, 2008 11:25:04 AM

I don't think the PC in the photo is a Dell, but it's the same mATX configuration as the I530.
October 18, 2008 3:52:27 PM

if the board is upside down, then just turn the picture 180 degrees to the right.
a b U Graphics card
October 18, 2008 4:26:22 PM

I just know where I work, we ordered a bunch of dells and they were opposite. On the dells I worked on though, along the part where the pci cards would face out the back of the machine, I think it's a clip that holds all the covers in place, don't think you use any screws.
October 18, 2008 6:34:44 PM

I've figured out everything except for how to fit the actual card in. It seems like it's too wide for the IO, but maybe I'm just not putting it in right.

Hopefully I haven't ruined the card by now...
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