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Decent video card for WoW -Inspiron 530 350w PSU

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August 21, 2009 10:09:14 PM

I have a family computer that I often play World of Warcraft on. The computer is a Dell Inspiron 530 Core 2 Quad @6600 2.4GHz, running Vista with 3gb RAM. It runs the game fairly well (about 20 frames per second) with all the graphic settings on lowest. But, I'd like to make an upgrade to run the game smoother and with higher settings. I'm making this upgrade with my own small budget of maybe $70, so a new PSU isn't really on my mind yet. Basically my question is; what would be a good video card to run the game? I won't be running any newer demanding games, so it shouldn't reach peak. So far I have the idea of the 4670, which I've found on newegg for around $65. Apparently it doesn't draw any external power, and takes around 50w at peak. Nevertheless, the recommended configuration shows 400w minimum. Then again, I've seen people saying this is overkill. I haven't checked just yet but I've read that the Inspiron 530 comes with a 350w PSU. Would this be enough? If not, are there any other decent cards that can run this game with even lower requirements? Thanks.
August 21, 2009 10:20:26 PM

Id go with a new 400watt psu you can find them for cheap prices these days under 60 bucks
August 21, 2009 10:53:07 PM

But shouldn't the 4670 work? I've talked with people who've used it on a 250w fine for years.
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August 21, 2009 11:24:09 PM

4670 will work but youll get minor improvements but if you could OC your CPU to 3.4+ youll really start seeing some FPS in WoW. WoW is mostly CPU based.
August 21, 2009 11:46:50 PM

id prefer 400 watts because ive had bad experience with psu. the quality of you pwersupply is also important because if you have a crappy brand PSU thats 350watts it actually supplies less than that.but if you have good amperage on the 12v rail you should be fine you might stress your psu quite abit because of the other components do take into account
August 21, 2009 11:51:25 PM

I'm thinking it's the card, because I get up to 100fps in regular indoors places, just starts dragging when spells come up, and GPU won't allow shadows or AA in game.
August 22, 2009 12:12:10 AM

it is certainly your gpu it seems like you videocard is bottlenecking your whole system...why not save up a little more for a card im sure itll be worth it..also you can go with a 3870 which is quite better than the 4670 but im not sure if it takes more energy
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August 22, 2009 1:20:02 AM

klbg said:
But shouldn't the 4670 work? I've talked with people who've used it on a 250w fine for years.


your PSU actually peaks far above that mark so there is no need to worry about having enough power for the 4670

I would personally go with the 9800GT EE, WoW tends to run better on Nvidia cards. The EE version of the 9800GT uses just as little power as the 4670. You could also run the 9600GT.

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


August 22, 2009 2:58:11 AM

Just to clarify, the 9800GT EE is similar to the 4670 in that it doesn't use external power? If so, that would be great. And about the 9600GT, what's the difference? Is it just cheaper, or does it also use less power.

Thanks for the advice so far.
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August 22, 2009 3:19:19 AM

klbg said:
Just to clarify, the 9800GT EE is similar to the 4670 in that it doesn't use external power? If so, that would be great. And about the 9600GT, what's the difference? Is it just cheaper, or does it also use less power.

Thanks for the advice so far.



correct the 9800GT EE does not use an external power connector

the standard 9600GT uses more power then the 4670 and needs an external power connector, you can use an adapter for the power connector. A standard 9600GT would offer similar performance to the 9800GT EE, both offer better performance then the 4670 especially with WoW.

Like I said if given the choice, my first selection would be the 9800GT EE and the 9600GT my second.

August 22, 2009 4:46:24 AM

Great, I'll start saving. Thanks.
August 22, 2009 6:28:38 AM

9800Gt 512mb, or get the radeon 4870, should be fine
August 22, 2009 8:12:39 PM

Hey, one more question. I read up on the 9500GT card. It's relatively cheap and from the reviews I've seen it can run the game at maximum settings. Also, it has a 350w PSU, which I seem to have. Would that be a good upgrade?
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August 22, 2009 8:24:59 PM

the 4670 is a better upgrade then the 9500GT

and it can not run the expansions at maximum level
August 22, 2009 8:30:40 PM

Ok, thanks, just making sure. The 9800GT EE it is then.
I'd preferably like to just pick one up at BestBuy, so could you tell if this is the same model?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9293533&s...

I'm only asking because it says that it require 6-pin connectors and a 550w PSU, and that's kind of overdoing it.
I'm hoping that's just copied and pasted from the regular 9800GT, would it'd nice to make sure.
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August 22, 2009 8:37:26 PM

no 9800GT need a 550w PSU including the standard ones

the unit from best buy has a different model number but looks the same. It's also almost $40 more after rebate from the newegg unit.

August 22, 2009 8:39:30 PM

Yeah and luckily it's not available at my best buy. I almost gave in to my impatience.


Ordered it from Newegg and apparently I'm getting some flimsy cardboard 3D glasses... a $60 value.


Thanks to everyone for the help.
August 22, 2009 8:55:55 PM

My brother has a Inspiron 531 with a 300w and he is using a 4670
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