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Upgrading Inspiron 530S Graphics Card

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April 14, 2010 2:32:17 AM

I have an Inspiron 530S (slim case). It comes with the default Dell Chipset card and it doesn't work well at all for games. I recently bought a Nvidia 9500 GT but it wouldn't fit in my computer's slim case. I've been reading around and I now understand my PC requires a "low profile" graphics card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N...

Those are two that I found and I was wondering if I could get everyone's input. First and most importantly, are they going to fit in my PC? Secondly, will I be able to play games such as Oblivion and Fallout 3? If both of those cards are bogus for my machine can you recommend anything better? Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to offer.
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April 14, 2010 2:38:03 AM

the gigabyte wont fit and the PNY is out of stock

the ATI 5570 is not half bad for entry level gaming (better then the cards you linked), it barely uses any power so your 250w PSU wont be an issue. Just use low profile bracket that comes with the card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 14, 2010 2:51:53 AM

ct1615 said:
the gigabyte wont fit and the PNY is out of stock

the ATI 5570 is not half bad for entry level gaming (better then the cards you linked), it barely uses any power so your 250w PSU wont be an issue. Just use low profile bracket that comes with the card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


i'm reading the user reviews and this sounds like just the thing i was looking for. thanks very much for your help!
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 14, 2010 3:10:52 AM

notty
that card is so completely gimped (look at its specs compared to a real 9800GT) and its made by sparkle

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April 14, 2010 3:16:25 AM

Gimped ? edit: And its just another option :)  Read the user reviews, people have made it work. You can take a anemic slim line dell, that could have a decent dual or quad core in it, to a pc game machine that will smoke a console. it takes slim line cards like this for it to happen. There are quality (+cheap) slim line psu's in the 300 , 350 watt range that will make this work.
edit: limited life time warranty
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