Is this the right combination/is it right for my computer?

Hello all,
Im a bit of a noob at computer hardware and i just have a quick question. I have a pretty standard Dell Inc. Inspiron 531 00 and I want to improve its graphics and RAM by purchasing this g card :

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4111742&csid=_25

And this Ram:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3404049&Sku=O261-8038

Is this the right combination for me? I know that my computer supports ddr2 and PCI-E 2.0 but is this a good combination of hardware?

I would really appreciate your help,
Conor.
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  1. The links dont work for me im afraid can you just post what they are and i will look back in a bit

    Mactronix
  2. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd531/en/om/appendix.htm
    is that your computer?

    If that is right, then:
    Your motherboard is just support PCI-E ver1.0.
    And your PSU is just 300W.
  3. mactronix said:
    The links dont work for me im afraid can you just post what they are and i will look back in a bit

    Mactronix


    The links point to an

    EVGA 01G-P3-N959-TR GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Support, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support
    Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130395

    and

    OCZ SLI-Ready Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2x2048MB)
    Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227296

    Respectively

    The ram is listed as some SLI-Ready version on the Tiger Direct site. Same specs with a $105 price tag.
  4. wa1 said:
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd531/en/om/appendix.htm
    is that your computer?

    If that is right, then:
    Your motherboard is just support PCI-E ver1.0.
    And your PSU is just 300W.

    Yes that is my computer but also on that page it says:
    PCI Express

    connector
    one x16

    connector size
    164 pins

    connector data width (maximum)
    16 PCI Express lanes

    I thought that pcie 1.0x16 work with 2.0 so Im pretty confused?

    To clarify the card is GeForce 9500 GT Video Card (1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Support, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support)
    and the ram is OCZ SLI-Ready Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory.
    Thanks for all the help so far!
  5. your RAM choice is fine...
    But for graphic card, 9500GT is a weak card, you must get at least 9800GT.
    Like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048%20106792522%201067942536&name=GeForce%209800%20GT

    What about your case? Is it slim case? mini tower?

    Yes, pcie 2.0 is backward compatible with pcie 1.0 slot, so don't worry about that... :)
  6. I agree with wa1, I know the 9800 looks like too much for your PSU but Dell PSU's will run that card fine, plenty of people are running those cards on a Dell 300 Watt PSU.

    Mactronix
  7. Thanks for all the help everyone!
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