I have had a dell inspiron 531s, its a slim computer and I was dumb when I purchased it not knowing I could not really upgrade the video card. Everything else in it is good enough for me, I just want to add more memory and get a new video card, which I know in order to do I need to get a better power supply.. What I am wondering is it possible for me to be able to take all the hardware out of the case and put in a new case with a new Power supply and video card? or what I would really prefer doing is somehow putting a really good low profile card and somehow use a different power supply, i'm not sure how this would work but I have set aside 100-150$ mabey stretching to 200$ but no more.. Is this possible?
Also I was wondering If its possible that I can put in a card thats better then what I have in here which is a Radeon 2400HD low profile 256mb.. Is there something worth buying that's better. I know there are other low profile cards that are better then this..
Dell is fine, you just get what you pay for. If you get a $400 PC, that is what you get. If you buy a slimline PC though, you are severely limited in your upgrade paths.
As far as removing the hardware and putting it in another case. I think it should work. It looks like a micro-atx board according to the page below. You may just have to leave the back IO panel off as you won't have one that matches.
that is probably as good as you will get for a low pro card. Just make sure it has room in your case. Do you know what wattage PSU is in that computer? 4650's that they require 400W, but you can squeeze by with 300W sometimes.
I've got a 4650 running in a machine with a 300W power supply right now. It ought to work.
But it looks from the specs of that Dell machine that it might only be a 250W power supply. If that's true, I'd go the route of getting a new case and a better PSU, because that's going to be difficult to work with.
i have read in a few different forums of people who have the same exact pc model that I have and one of them has that same card in it with an extra hard drive and dvd burner.. I guess its worth a shot?
I am running a radeon hd 2400.. it's not that good but not too bad.. I know there is a better card that I can put in here, I was looking at some low profile cards that look a lot better and people are using with 200-250 watt power supplies but im skeptical because i dont want to mess anything up If there is a card that is better and worth buying and that my power supply will hold let me know because I want to buy it before christmas comes.