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April 12, 2010 3:23:29 PM

Hi all
Searching I've found lots of queries on best suggested video card upgrade for the Dell 530 but many posts are fairly old and the suggested cards are no longer available.

I was given this Dell 530 Q6600 quad core and it only has the integrated graphics so obviously I would like everyone's input on what the best graphics card available today is.

I understand the PSU is a concern so suggestions utilizing the slightly larger standard quad core PSU as well as suggestions for a card and upgrade PSU would be great.

I quickly confuse myself when I start looking at the cards so I thought if anyone would take their time to give me a hand I would really appreciate it.

Here's a few specs, not sure what might be needed

Running Win7 64 bit Home Premium

2 sticks 1 mb memory and 2 sticks 512 mb memory

PCI slot info
DELL530 (Dell Inc. Inspiron 530)
System Slot 1
Name PCI1
Type PCI
Data Bus Width 32 bits
Current Usage Available
Characteristics
Vcc voltage supported 3.3 V
Shared No
PME Signal Yes
Support Hot Plug No
PCI slot supports SMBus signal No

System Slot 2
Name PCI2
Type PCI
Data Bus Width 32 bits
Current Usage In use
Characteristics
Vcc voltage supported 3.3 V
Shared No
PME Signal Yes
Support Hot Plug No
PCI slot supports SMBus signal No

System Slot 3
Name PCI3
Type PCI Express
Data Bus Width 32x or x32
Current Usage Available
Characteristics
Vcc voltage supported 3.3 V
Shared No
PME Signal Yes
Support Hot Plug No
PCI slot supports SMBus signal No

System Slot 4
Name PCI4
Type PCI Express
Data Bus Width 1x or x1
Current Usage Available
Characteristics
Vcc voltage supported 3.3 V
Shared No
PME Signal Yes
Support Hot Plug No
PCI slot supports SMBus signal No


I hope this is enough, let me know all your suggestions and thanks!!!!

Greg

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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 12, 2010 4:25:35 PM

Your model lists the following for the power supply:
300 W
350 W (for computers with Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processor)

I will assume you have the 350w since you have a Q6600. You should be able to run a 5670 video card in your system as it is. Anything further would most likely involve a power supply upgrade.

What is your budget? And what are you intending to use the graphics card for? Games, etc. What resolution is your display as well?
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April 12, 2010 6:00:03 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. Gaming is my main intent as that should cover anything else I need to do.
I have several displays, I think the one hooked up to this is a Dell 2208W (I think)

Thanks
Greg
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April 22, 2010 8:26:52 PM

Thanks Jay
I installed the HD5670 card, dropped right in, no need of any power connections, system recognized it and it works great
Can max out a game I play now with no problems at all, no stutter step anymore!

Thanks, a great low cost suggestion from jay2tall that solved my graphics card update question on my Dell 530!
Greg
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 9:25:27 PM

That's what we do here. Enjoy.
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August 3, 2010 6:41:09 PM

Hi,

I have a similar question. Looking to upgrade my video card, but have the non-quad version of the Dell Inspiron 530. I assume it has the 300W power supply, so I would upgrade it if I can (seems like lots of people say it's not possible).

I want to play starcraft II at a relatively high level of graphic detail.

The specs from Dell are:

0 01323 INFORMATION..., NO ITEM
1 DU685 Processor, E6550, 2.33, 4MB Core Duo-conroe
1 WN585 INSTRUCTION..., DEVIATE L6 TO L5+, Pentium 4 Prescott DT, 3.0GHZ, 1 MEGB, 800FSB...
1 JY172 PLACEMAT..., GETTING STARTED..., DIMENSION..., DAO/BCC
1 Y9457 Card, Controller, 1394A, PC Interface, Full Height, Adaptec Lead Free
1 RH659 Keyboard, 104, UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS..., UNITED STATES..., Black, DARFON ELECTRONICS, CORP...
2 X8388 Dual In-Line Memory Module, 512667M, 64X64, 8, 240, 2RX8
0 83535 INFORMATION..., PART, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ATTACHMENT PACKET INTERFACE..., DEVICE
1 WY379 Assembly, COMPACT DISK READ WRITE/DIGITAL VIDEO DISK DRIVE COMBO..., 48X, Half Height, BARE, Hitachi Lg Data Storage
1 DU172 Assembly, Cable, STARDUST MNTW/SLTW
1 PK054 Assembly, Flash Storage Device Universal Serial Bus, Rubber Bluetooth, Half Height, BARE
1 J8461 Assembly, Cable, Video, Lead Free
1 WX094 Card, Graphics, 258, 8600 MRMGA+3B
1 XU819 Hard Drive, 320G, S2, 7.2K, 16M Unleaded, Seagate-GL
1 GX940 Assembly, Cable, 1394, Mini Tower
0 83535 INFORMATION..., PART, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ATTACHMENT PACKET INTERFACE..., DEVICE
1 PK643 Assembly, DVD+/-RW..., 16X, Bare Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology
1 DC094 Assembly, Cable, Serial Ata Optical, Matrix, smith, mini Tower
1 HX425 Kit, Software, Overpack, VHP32 A01, Digital Video Disk Drive England
1 GU453 Kit, Mouse, UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS..., Premium, LOGITECH..., AMF
1 CN481 ASSEMBLY..., CHASSIS..., MNTW, Pentium 4 Prescott DT, 3.0GHZ, 1 MEGB, 800FSB..., NON PFC..., PWA INTEGRATED...
1 JY167 Assembly, Heatsink, Fan, Mini Tower

Thanks in advance.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 3, 2010 6:53:53 PM

Make a new thread instead of adding to an old one. Also tell us your monitor's native resolution and your budget.
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August 10, 2010 9:01:31 PM

Best answer selected by DEEREDR.
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