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June 15, 2009 9:21:45 PM

Hi everyone, i need your help figuring out what card I can fit in my crappy Dell without having to upgrade the PSU or mobo. Below are the PC's stats from a dell site scan, and the PSU is a 300 watt unit from the factory. I'm am new at this so I don't know if this PSU has the right connectors for a modern graphics card (everything is SATA, in case that makes a difference, not sure if I need adaptors or something). I was hoping to use a Radeon 4770 or 4870 but the more I read, the less like it seems that anything that advanced will work on my PC. Any suggestions? I appreciate any tips, thanks!

Inspiron 530
General
Windows VersionMicrosoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Processor
ModelIntel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz
Hard Drive
DriveSizeFree SpaceUtilized
C:455.71 Gb219.4 Gb52 %

D:10 Gb5.9 Gb41 %

E:455.72 Gb172.06 Gb62 %

F:10 Gb3.09 Gb69 %


Video Adapters
ModelMemory
NVIDIA GeForce 8300 GS128 Mb

Memory
Total3072 Mb
Available63 %

SlotSizeSpeedType
Slot 11024 Mb667 Mhzundefined
Slot 2512 Mb667 Mhzundefined
Slot 31024 Mb667 Mhzundefined
Slot 4512 Mb667 Mhzundefined

Available Slots0

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a c 235 U Graphics card
June 15, 2009 10:09:24 PM

you can run a 4770 (if you can find one) with your PSU. Just get a molex adapter
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June 16, 2009 3:24:02 PM

the most difficult part of the 4770 is simply finding one in stock...
June 16, 2009 9:25:43 PM

Thanks guys. I take it the molex adaptor converts the SATA power hookup from my PSU to a PATA type, in order to then convert that to the 6-pin male? If that's all I need, then I should be good to go. But yeah, that 4770 has been impossible to find, like they're pulling them off the shelves or something. How much better is the 4770 than the 4670? Is it even noticable; I'm used to just playing games at 1024x768, so will these two perform similarly at that resolution? Anything else I need to lookout for? I think I might need to stop using a HDD or the DVD drive to have enough power hookups available.

Thanks again.

edit: I should mention that I do watch movies in 1080P from my PC so I would like this card to handle that video well but I'm sure that wouldn't be a problem since my regurlar card seems to handle this faily easily.
a c 235 U Graphics card
June 16, 2009 10:10:07 PM

yes, the adapter takes a free molex 4 pin connection and lets you connect it to your card's 6-pin. Any of the cards will let you watch movies.

The 4770 is several steps above the 4670. You can look into the 3870 or 4830 if you want to look at other ATI cards at better performance then a 4670.
June 16, 2009 10:47:55 PM

I actually found a 4870 (with some deals) for a lower price than a 4770 but that card would be too much for my PSU to handle right? There's a 4770 in-stock at newegg but it's for $120. with taxes and shipping it's like $135. That seems like a lot.

For some reason I thought I needed 2 free 4 pin connectors to hook up to the card. thanks for clarifying.
a c 235 U Graphics card
June 16, 2009 10:52:48 PM

1. yes the 4870 is too much for your current PSU
2. $120 is too much for a 4770 when a 4850 can be had for the same price
3. depends on the card and how much power it draws, I would recommend a dual adapter for anything that draws more power then a 4770/4830.
June 16, 2009 11:02:27 PM

Cool, thanks for the info. I'm guessing the 4850 is also too much for my PSU. I guess I'll just wait for the 4770 prices to drop a little. Have you ever tried using an external PSU to power up only the card(s)? That seems interesting cause you can always use that with a new PC instead of having to upgrade or transfer the internal PSU but i haven't really seen much info on it.
a c 235 U Graphics card
June 16, 2009 11:08:50 PM

if you dont want to remove the PSU yourself, you can always take it to a PC shop. Its actually not a difficult process in itself. There are plenty of youtube videos and internet articles for reference. An easy way of knowing what connectors go where is to use those little multi-colored dot stickers. Place on on the motherboard connection and a similar color on the power connection. Just remember to remove them all.
June 17, 2009 12:58:13 AM


Thanks CT, I think I think I'm good, I just need to find the card for a better price and pick up a few adapters. I need a sata-to-4pin power adapter and then a 4pin to 6pin pci-e adapter. I looked for a sata-to-4pin pci-e adapter but no luck on that one.


Thanks everyone for your time.
September 25, 2009 2:42:04 PM

ct1615 said:
if you dont want to remove the PSU yourself, you can always take it to a PC shop. Its actually not a difficult process in itself. There are plenty of youtube videos and internet articles for reference. An easy way of knowing what connectors go where is to use those little multi-colored dot stickers. Place on on the motherboard connection and a similar color on the power connection. Just remember to remove them all.


Hello ct1615
recently bought Inspiron 545 with as it looks psu of 300W, as the readeon 4350 is a bit weak i would like to upgrade to 4870, except upgrading psu to over 500W is there any other limitation on upgrading form 4350 to 4780


thank you in advance

Regards
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