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[H] Dell Inspiron 530 videocard upgrade

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August 28, 2009 4:49:26 AM

Help,

Windows 7 drivers say I currently have a Radeon X300/X550/X1050.

mid-size case (not slim)
Intel Dual Core 2.0GHZ
2 GB RAM
150-160GB hard drive.
300 watt power supply
Desktop resolution 1440 x 900 (widescreen)

I was about to get this:

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3

since it was fast and has NO NOISY FAN. When I read the specification PDF file, it said minimum system requirement is power supply that provides at least 450 watt and with one 2x3 pin PCIe power connector.

Without upgrading the PSU, what are some good alternative videocards? I'm a gamer.
a c 106 U Graphics card
August 28, 2009 4:56:48 AM

Yeah, the 4850 uses a bit of juice there ^_^. Anyway the rest of your system doesn't use too much power, so you should be able to use a 4670, maybe. A safe bet would be the 9500GT, uses less power than the 4670, but don't expect to play newer games at high settings on it.
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August 28, 2009 5:29:47 AM



"Free WOW + 3D vision glasses kit w/ purchase, ends 8/31"

Holy crap! I was thinking about going with ATI videocard, but the free 3D glasses by Nvidia is too tempting.

EDIT: Nevermind. They are the cheap crappy red and blue variant. Not the stereoscopic 3D glasses that go for around $200.
a b U Graphics card
August 28, 2009 12:25:08 PM

neoKEN said:
"Free WOW + 3D vision glasses kit w/ purchase, ends 8/31"

Holy crap! I was thinking about going with ATI videocard, but the free 3D glasses by Nvidia is too tempting.

EDIT: Nevermind. They are the cheap crappy red and blue variant. Not the stereoscopic 3D glasses that go for around $200.



:lol:  Like you were expecting $200 glasses for free with a $95 9800GT?
You really need to wake up and smell the roses.
a c 235 U Graphics card
August 28, 2009 6:57:11 PM

that 9800GT will work with your PSU unlike the 4850

if you want to go with ATI, look into the 4670
August 28, 2009 11:52:01 PM

Thanks for the help. I'll pass on the 9800 GT since it seems that it heats up a lot and noisy.

I went with this:



The HIS IceQ cost little bit more than most Radeon, but it seems well worth it due to it being quiet and cooler than the alternatives.
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