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Hello all,

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 am ordering this PSU to support whatever card I'm about to get. This look good? >

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.

Would this be a possibility? > . I'm not sure that my cpu will even recognize it or that it will fit in my tower at all, but it looks pretty formidable for what I'm looking to do.

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.

Thanks guys!
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  1. 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.

    If you were to upgrade your CPU, don't get the 465(it's a good card and all but overpriced), get something like this GTX 470 (It is much more powerful, on sale it only costs $50 more),, but that really would be overkill for that little CPU... It needs a faster dual or a decent quad to perform well.

    That PSU is a really really good brand, it has lots of watts and +12v amps, and is a pretty good price.
  2. Thanks for the quick response, Jryan.

    Okay, I have a ORY007 Mobo in here (it came stock with the system). The case is a 530. Not the smaller 530s, this one is larger.

    As far as upgrading my CPU and GPU then, what are my options with that mobo?
  3. Corsair PSUs are some of the best ones you can buy.But more information is needed regarding what kind of games you play and at what resolution.
  4. The PSU you selected is very good and also pretty much overkill, but better more than less.

    I would opt for the HD 5850 since both are in the same price range. It offers a little better overall performance, consumes 100w less power when gaming, better overclocker, less noise, and less heat.

    See below review and look at benchmark for specific games you want to play, but as I stated the HD 5850 is faster overall.
  5. 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.
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    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
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    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

    Intel Celeron Processor 420 (1.6 GHz, 800 FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2140 (1.6 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2160 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200(2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 (2.0 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 (1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.80 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.0 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)

    Want to add, that I read that some people ran in to trouble with the 1333 fsb cpu's, because of memory speed, stability issues. The bios has no options available to change for the end user.
  7. 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 :)
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