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Inspiron 530 and GeForce 8500 GT 512MB

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 15, 2009 5:37:19 AM

I just bought an Inspiron 530 and want to upgrade the video card.
Can anyone tell me if a PNY GeForce 8500 GT 512MB would do alright with the 300 watt power supply:

I don't need anything crazy, but want the best bang for my buck.

a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 5:55:52 AM

Don't bother with that card.

This card will cost you a little more, but will perform a lot better than the 8500 gt. If you are wanting to game, this would be much better. It should run on your stock PSU as it does not require an external power connector. The 8500 gt should work as well, but for the money, no contest, grab the ATI 4670.
a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 5:58:33 AM

I had a 8500GT, it sucked bad. Try a ati 4670. Very good card and low power.
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a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 6:00:33 AM

To give you an idea of the performance difference, the 4670 performs nearly as well as an nvidia 9600gt. So you would get at least 3-4 times the performance of the 8500gt I would guess.
April 15, 2009 6:04:07 AM

True, don't get that 8500GT, its more of a movie watching and entertainment cards.
April 15, 2009 2:34:58 PM

The 4670 is PCI Express 2.0 x16, but I believe my Inspiron 530 just has a PCI Express x16 which I assume means it can't take 2.0 x16
Is that true?

April 15, 2009 3:04:24 PM

No, PCI-e 16x is backwards compatible because not as many motherboards have PCI-e 16x 2.0 as much as PCI-e 1.0
April 15, 2009 3:18:34 PM

Thanks Axeon,

So is it worth spending extra on a 2.0 card when I have a 1.0?
a c 235 U Graphics card
a c 165 ) Power supply
April 16, 2009 2:26:24 AM

its worth it because the 4670 will outperform the 8500GT in every way on a 1.0 or 2.0 slot
May 10, 2009 5:17:09 AM

sungkhum said:
Thanks everyone for the advice.

I bought an Asus HD 4670 from for $62 including a rebate, cashback and shipping.

Can't wait to test it out!

I bought an Inspiron 530 recently. I ordered with an integrated Intel GMA 3100. When I called Dell tech support and asked about a 512 MB card, I was told that I may have to upgrade the power supply. He suggested me to buy Nvidia 7200 GS, but I wanted a better performing card. I prefer Nvidia cards because of better Linux support.

Can sungkum or somebody suggest to me better performing cards(with out upgrading the power supply)? Thank you.
May 10, 2009 5:19:38 AM

Please post another thread, a 4670 would be the highest upgrade without changing out the PSU. It doesn't use any PCIe power connectors.