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I need help with compatibility of my PC and (possibly) new video card.

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December 16, 2008 7:05:46 PM

Ok, I have a Dell Inspiron 530, the Quad Core edition. Meaning it is equiped with a FoxConn G33m03 motherboard, and a LiteOn 375W power supply. I want a new video card, I am sick of trying to run games with the one on-board. I found this one, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

I am worried about compatibility, will the card fit, will my PSU power it, etc. If there is some sort of incompatibility, would you mind pointing me in the right direction, as to finding a new card? Thank you.
a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2008 8:02:56 PM

As far as I know the Quad equipped I530 comes with a 350 watt psu, Dell's 375 is 10 mm taller and wouldn't fit, check the label.

The 4670 isn't a very power hungry card;
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/powercol...

Dell small Business sells the same configuration with an 8800 GT, greater power use and performance than the 4670;

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gainward...

http://www.guru3d.com/category/vga_charts/
a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2008 9:11:38 PM

i'd agree with Delluser1, at the price of the card you had linked and the PSU that comes with the Inspiron530 you could upgrade to a 9800GT (80 watts). Another good card that would work better then the linked card and use less power then the 9800GT would be the 9600GT (61 watts) both would give better performance then the linked card at the same or lower price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as with all prebuilt systems when adding a graphic card download a hardware monitor and keep an eye on your temperatures. The cards i listed do a decent job of exhausting hot air out the back of the case.

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December 16, 2008 10:39:41 PM

Thats a pretty weak PSU, but it should be able to power a 4670, which doesn't require a PCI-E power adapter.
December 17, 2008 5:46:59 AM

Dell comes with good PSU, go ahead and try. It should be ok

If you start having PSU problem such as system hang and shut down while playing games, then get a new PSU, they are not expensive these days.

It sure as hell worth it. On board graphic is not correct for playing games, lol


The reason why I mention good PSU is because these PSU comes with good protection, when overloaded, they simply shut down.

If its a generic PSU, then don't try that at home
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