Fastest GPU for Inspiron 530

First of all, I was wondering what's the most powerful card that I can use if I don't upgrade the PSU.

Here's a pic of the PSU. Apparently it's 350w. I'm using a Q6600, stock, and 3GB DDR2 RAM, 667mhz stock also. (Currently I'm using a puny 8500GT.)


Okay, now lets say I upgrade the PSU along with the GPU.
What's the fastest GPU that I can get that fits the case (see pics below), and what PSU would I need with it?




Looking forward for some input.. thanks in advance!
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  1. Well without upgrading your PSU the ATI Radeon 4670 is your best bet. If i were you i would upgrade PSU and get a 4830 or 4850
  2. You have 25amps w/stock psu.
    You can't o'c your cpu so you could go 8800GT or 9800GT.
    Gpu needs to be 9" or less in length. ^^ 9" ^^
  3. vouslavous said:
    Well without upgrading your PSU the ATI Radeon 4670 is your best bet. If i were you i would upgrade PSU and get a 4830 or 4850


    Will it fit? According to Newegg the 4850 I've been eyeing (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121272) it's 9", and according to my ruler I have 9.5", so it should be OK right? I will upgrade the PSU if it does... any idea which one I should go for?
  4. Okay, a friend of mine recommended this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703015

    What do you guys think?
  5. 430w should be enough right?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023

    This PSU has 2000 reviews and it's five star (or eggs) over all.
  6. I'd buy it, it should handle up a 4850 fine.
  7. deanshu said:
    Okay, a friend of mine recommended this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703015

    What do you guys think?

    You don't need it.
  8. delluser1 said:
    You don't need it.


    A lot of people are saying the PSU would explode if I put the 4850 in there though... are you sure?
  9. deanshu said:
    430w should be enough right?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023

    This PSU has 2000 reviews and it's five star (or eggs) over all.

    It also provides less power to the +12v than the unit you have, it's not an upgrade. An Antec EA430 can provide 30 amps on the +12v, it would be an upgrade.
    Still don't think you would need it, plenty of people running the 4870 on a Dell 375 watt psu.
  10. Your Dell PSU says:
    "The Maximum Continuous Combined Output Power (12V A + 12V B) is 300W"
    That is 25amps (300/12) compared to 18amps in the Thermaltake 430W PSU you linked.
    For the same price as the Thermaltake 430W you can get the Corsair 400CX (30amps +12V)

    But I agree with DellUser1 your current PSU is good for one of the 4800 series GPU. 4830s/4850s are really good price/performance value (especially since you don't need to buy another PSU).
  11. deanshu said:
    Okay, a friend of mine recommended this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703015

    What do you guys think?

    For a 4850 this is good @ 35amps
    Your stock Dell psu is a Lite-on 350w @ 25amps (as you state)
    4850 should have 30+ amps minimum
  12. Run by the Dell Support forums and see what other 530/Q6600 owners are using for upgraded video cards.
  13. I have 3 530's. All have Ati 4850 cards. They work fine with the PSU that comes with a quad core processor. I think it is 350w.
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