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Upgrading Inspiron 530s with slim case

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November 30, 2010 2:19:25 AM

Hey, this thing has a terrible 250 watt power supply and integrated graphics. Do you guys know of anything i can do to remedy this? I mean, it can't even play CSS or TF2. Thanks in advance,
Chris


Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4600 @ 2.40GHz
Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Graphics Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Gaming graphics 256 MB Total available graphics memory
Primary hard disk 388GB Free (586GB Total)
Windows 7 Ultimate

System
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Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model Inspiron 530s
Total amount of system memory 3.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 2

Storage
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Total size of hard disk(s) 586 GB
Disk partition (C:)  388 GB Free (586 GB Total)
Media drive (E:)  CD/DVD

Graphics
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Display adapter type Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Total available graphics memory 256 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 0 MB
Dedicated system memory 64 MB
Shared system memory 192 MB
Display adapter driver version 8.15.10.1930
Primary monitor resolution 1680x1050
DirectX version DirectX 9.0 or better

Network
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Network Adapter Intel(R) 82562V-2 10/100 Network Connection
Network Adapter Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter

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November 30, 2010 4:47:28 AM

assuming you have a good internet connection, you can play TF2...and most other games at medium settings.

one note. you have an older mobo so go with this card instead, you can run it on your stock PSU. its not as good as the ATI 5670 but still a major step above integrated graphics. slim line PCs are simply not made for gaming.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 30, 2010 7:45:52 AM

Both suggestions by ct1615 are excellent, either will give you substantially better performance.
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December 1, 2010 11:05:25 AM

im using a dell inspiron 530s with the same 250w power supply and a HD5570. the 250w power supply has 17 amps on the 12v rail compared to the combined 21 amps on the 12v rails of the 300w seasonic.
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