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Graphics card upgrade for Dell Inspiron 530s

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January 2, 2009 7:15:57 PM

Hi
I have a Dell Inspiron 530s series with 3 GB of RAM 500 GB of memory space with an Intel Core Duo 2.4GHz processor and a Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family it has a 250 watt power supply and is a slim tower. I was wondering the best graphics card upgrades so i could play some current games that require better cards
January 2, 2009 7:29:51 PM

i have a $100-$200 limit and would like if the card could be bought in a local best buy or store like that
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January 2, 2009 7:47:55 PM

1.) Your power supply is too weak for any of the more powerful gaming class video cards.

2.) You have a 'slim' tower, which means you must use 'low profile' video cards.
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January 2, 2009 8:02:33 PM

If you could somehow upgrade your power supply, this is the best low-profile graphics card available:

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

However, I highly doubt that it would work with your 250 watt power supply, or at least not for very long...

The one that Pariah linked to seems like your best bet.
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January 2, 2009 8:22:26 PM

i think the one Pariah is a lot better than the one i have currently which is an Intel Inegrated graphics which has a 128MB so thx for you help
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January 2, 2009 8:24:28 PM

although i would like someone to link a place where i could buy a new power supply for a slim tower
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January 2, 2009 9:01:04 PM

Pariah36022 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Probably your best bet considering you can only use a low profile card, and that dell has a weak power supply.

It is a pretty popular upgrade at the Dell forum and has slightly lower power consumption than the HD3450 that is offered in the machine.
Weak power supply is kinda relative to the machine, it was never intended to be a gamer.
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January 2, 2009 10:30:21 PM

i checked out that card and i did some research and it said it required a 300 watt power supply i dont think my computer will support it
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January 2, 2009 11:22:24 PM

randomnamehere134 said:
i checked out that card and i did some research and it said it required a 300 watt power supply i dont think my computer will support it

You can think what you would like, but read my previous post again.
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September 16, 2009 8:31:39 PM

Another option is this card.

It works with the Inspiron 530s PSU (which can handle more than the 250 W Dell states); and it fits in the case.
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