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November 27, 2009 4:30:53 AM

I own a Inspiron 545 from dell. It has the ATI 3450 256 MB. My question is, what would be a good upgrade that will cover all my gaming needs and I won't need to change my power supply.

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November 27, 2009 4:45:05 AM

4670 with 1 gig ddr3 mem. for sure. super card with low power usage. no additional power connector needed.

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a c 106 U Graphics card
November 27, 2009 4:53:00 AM
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A 9500GT should be just fine. A Radeon 4670 or a GT240 would certainly be better and should work assuming that your PSU was decent enough and that the rest of your system doesn't draw out too much power. The 4670 uses around 65W peak, but that's in stress testing and not likely to happen in games. The GT240 uses less power at its peak, like 51W, but on average it's much closer in power usage to the 9500GT. The 9500GT only uses like 44W peak, with furmark, but on average is lower and thus should be fine with just about any PSU. The GT240 is the fastest of the three, but of course the Radeon 4670 is a bit cheaper.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
November 27, 2009 4:59:34 AM

Hmm... looking it up it seems that the PSU is only 300W and some people are having trouble using a Radeon 4670 with that system. Of course they could simply have not properly removed the older drivers, but in some cases it looks like the PSU is the culprit, while others say it runs just fine.

I'd go with the GT240, but if that's out of your price range then go with the 9500GT and you should be fine. Just make sure to properly remove the Radeon drivers.
a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2009 5:14:51 AM

Depends on your monitor. If you have a 17 inch monitor then a HD4670 is enough. Would be worried about your PSU though. Which brand?
November 27, 2009 6:13:11 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
Depends on your monitor. If you have a 17 inch monitor then a HD4670 is enough. Would be worried about your PSU though. Which brand?


I have a 22" Acer monitor and I am not sure the brand of the PSU. But after reading a little bit would the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Be a good one to purchase? I am not quite sure what the "No SLI" means.
November 27, 2009 4:42:52 PM


Instead of 4670, you can go for a low power version of 9600GT. It doesn't require an extra PCI-e power connector but gives decent pwerformance in gaming....
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