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September 5, 2009 4:14:46 AM

Hi all,
I need your help. I have a Dell Inspiron 530 that is not quite two years old, here are my specs:

Vista 32-bit
Intel core 2 duo E6550 2.33ghz
3gb RAM
Samsung 22" 2220wm (1680 x 1050 max)
300w PSU

I have a Geforce 8600 GT 256mb, that stopped working last week. I need a replacement video card, I want to stick with nvidia if possible I think it works better with the game I play (UnrealTournament 3, no time for anything else).

I am pretty much a noob when it comes to opening up the case and replacing anything. I think I can handle swapping the video card, but I am intimidated about replacing the power supply.

So my question is what is the best nvidia card that will work with my pc? Been looking at the 9600 GT but not sure if my PSU can handle it.

Also any tips, advice, encouragement :)  if I go the route of replacing the power supply? I'm really hoping for somebody here to tell me replacing the PSU is no big deal, cause I would love to go with a 9800 GT or thereabouts.

I've been looking at these combo deals:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

But I have no clue if they'll work in my pc or not. Are PSU sizes and the way they mount all standard?

Anyway any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

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September 5, 2009 4:42:54 AM

Antec + 9800GTX+ would be better from the above
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September 5, 2009 4:47:35 AM

if really have the money then get antec + 9800GTX+ combo :) 
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September 5, 2009 6:05:56 PM

As for the installation, PSU's are standard in size (unless your case is a slimline or something dell specific). Usually there are 4 screws at the back of your case for the PSU. Remove the following connectors:

1. 24-pin plug on the motherboard
2. 4-pin plug near the processor
3. All molex/sata power plugs in hard drives and optical drives.
4. If there are molex connectors to fans, remove them also.

Then when you switch to another PSU, make sure you attach every plug (with the new psu) you pulled out with the old PSU. Just make sure that the 24-pin and 4-pin connectors are on the right orientation, it usually wouldn't go in if incorrect unless you really force it.
September 5, 2009 6:13:27 PM

meodowla said:
Antec + 9800GTX+ would be better from the above


If you look at the "GTS 250" its infact the 9800GTX+ but renamed to GTS 250 and its slightly more overclocked then the original.

Now in order to power such a card, you will need at least 500W PSU. I would reccommend a OCZ, they tend to be the cheapest and make VERY good PSU's.

Belive me, switching the PSU around is easy peasy. The only main one you need to unplug/replug is the motherboard pin connector (the bigest one that connects directly to the motherboard.) The rest anyone can do blind folded, you know... Hard Drive, CD Drive etc etc all use the same connector.

Seriously, give it a shot! Nothing could go wrong.

Edit: To get the most out of your gaming I would suggest downgrading to Windows XP. I used to be on Vista and damn, 15-20% of the GPU and CPU where being used up just to juice Vista.
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September 5, 2009 8:46:02 PM

godbrother said:


Edit: To get the most out of your gaming I would suggest downgrading to Windows XP. I used to be on Vista and damn, 15-20% of the GPU and CPU where being used up just to juice Vista.


vista is not bad but it does need more resources than xp. :D 
i used vista before and the problem comes when playing old games than uses dx9 such as NFS: most wanted. same hardware configuration but the performance are clearly better on xp. i suspect that the decrease in performance on vista may caused by my cpu (pentium 4) and low amount of ram (2GB), though i'm not really sure about this

anyway win seven is awesome! at least i'm not facing degraded in performance that i have with vista while playing old games.i'm using it since RC release and never look back :D 

sorry off topic :pt1cable: 

October 3, 2009 11:03:20 PM

Wow, having Vista on a Pentium 4 is bad enough :)  Belive me, XP only needs 256MB of ram to operate, Vista needs 1GB. See the difference? Belive me, I would suggest having 3GB of ram to get the MAX out of your CPU when upgrading to Windows 7. This way, 1GB is used for the OS, and the other 2GB for you own needs.

I would still stick with XP though, add an extra gig of ram in there from ebay for like $10 and walla!
October 15, 2009 4:47:47 AM

Well just thought I would post back here. I went with a radeon 4670 and didn't replace the PSU. It has been running great on my 300 watt psu for about a month.
October 15, 2009 9:06:48 AM

Mister_Salty said:
Well just thought I would post back here. I went with a radeon 4670 and didn't replace the PSU. It has been running great on my 300 watt psu for about a month.


Still useing Vista with 1GB Ram and a Pentium 4? Seriously, downgrade to XP and add an extra gig of ram to make it 2GB.

Also, having a graphics card run on a 300W will only show its problems later on down the road when the PSU can't take it anymore. It really depends on what 300W you have. If its some generic crap, I would start to get worried.
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