This is my first time posting here so "hiya!" to all who chose to read this.
As the thread topic suggests I'm looking to upgrade my GPU. I currently have an Nvidia 8600 GT (I know, I know). It's finally run it's course and I need a new card.
I have a dell inspiron 530 running core 2 duo e4400 (I know I could benefit from a cpu upgrade alltogether, but that's not really in the cards right now as I need to get new tires and be ready - funds wise- for the new hasbro star wars figures coming out in August :\ Addictions suck, haha)
I was told that's one of the best options for the size of my tower and what I'm looking to do and was told it's a great brand. I'm a heavy gamer and am looking for a card that will fit the constraints of my cpu and my tower's size. I'd like to be able to run current games (MW2, StarCraft II, WoW, Dragon Age) at high settings with little to no hiccups (am I reaching for stars here? haha). I'm sure I'm asking a lot with my current CPU, but that's why I'm checking with you guys for your insight first.
So, do you fine gents/ladies have any suggestions as to which card I should get? Or even an extension of that question - should I just upgrade my whole rig entirely? I'm comfortable with Nvidia but am willing to go with an ATI card if the conversion won't be too much of a hassle.
First of all, what case and motherboard do you have? We need to make sure it will fit before considering any card.
Second of all, that cpu really will bottleneck any really good card.
The maximum reasonable card is probably a Radeon 5770 (~$150) or maybe even less. The 5770 is quite a card and can play all those games at max at 1920x1080, but you won't be able to max out Anti-Aliasing. That GTX 465 really is overkill.
My current monitor only supports up to 1440x900 :\ so that is what I play most of my games at. I will be upgrading this, too, as the funds become available.
So, I need a new CPU to run whatever higher-end-ish GPU that I will be buying. Any thoughts on which CPU would fit the bill? I understand there are some limitations with my current mobo, but I'm not too sure of what they are or what is available to me. My google searches have been less than fruitful, haha.
I have this similar computer, I now use it as my htpc. I garnered this info in the past at various sites. One of them Dell's message boards.
The G33m02 [Dell P/N ORY007] is a depopulated [cheaper] version of the motherboard that has only has 6 voltage regulator IC's, as opposed to the 11 voltage regulators on the G33m03 [Dell P/N 0FM586] motherboard, that supports both Core 2 Duo and Quad Core processors
taken from http://en.community.dell.com/support....aspx#19432023
so you can not get a quad core based on that motherboard
With the Inspiron 530 ORY007 motherboard, you can use any of the following CPU's
Thanks Notty! Looks like I'm going to have to shop for an e8400. Now all I need to do is find a newer graphics card that will run/utilize that cpu to get me where I need to be until the end of august when I can upgrade my tower completely