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March 10, 2011 4:32:21 PM

Hello, I need to upgrade my PSU and the Video card. I use it for photo editing and and text, with some Youtube type videos, and the usual web browsing. Would like to spend as little as possible, as I am retired and on a fixed income.

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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 4:36:46 PM

this is a dimension e530 or inspiron 530?

a simple video card like the ATI 3450 or 4350 (same card) will handle HD video, photoshop, video streaming with no problem. you don't even need to upgrade your PSU. it sells for around $30 on newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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March 10, 2011 4:53:45 PM

ct1615 said:
this is a dimension e530 or inspiron 530?

a simple video card like the ATI 3450 or 4350 (same card) will handle HD video, photoshop, video streaming with no problem. you don't even need to upgrade your PSU. it sells for around $30 on newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...



inspiron 530
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 6:23:03 PM

the 4350 will work just fine, no psu upgrade needed
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 7:26:08 PM

hd 4650 for about 45 on newegg
is a stronger card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
also cheaper on Ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sapphire-ATI-Radeon-HD-4650-512MB-1...

I bought one myself.
Very low power draw-great performance for multimedia and light gaming (top choice for under $50 on Toms Video Cards Value guide

the one on ebay is 34.95 with free shipping continental US
return policy is not as good as Newegg
Much stronger than 4350 and works well on my Dell 280w PSU
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 7:59:40 PM

king smp said:
hd 4650 for about 45 on newegg
is a stronger card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
also cheaper on Ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sapphire-ATI-Radeon-HD-4650-512MB-1...

I bought one myself.
Very low power draw-great performance for multimedia and light gaming (top choice for under $50 on Toms Video Cards Value guide

the one on ebay is 34.95 with free shipping continental US
return policy is not as good as Newegg
Much stronger than 4350 and works well on my Dell 280w PSU


it may be better but he would not see any difference between the two in photoshop or youtube, but thanks for posting "buy the card I own even if it costs you more"..then again you do push religion on here too
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 9:23:22 PM

ct1615 said:
it may be better but he would not see any difference between the two in photoshop or youtube, but thanks for posting "buy the card I own even if it costs you more"..then again you do push religion on here too


that was kind of harsh
I didnt violate any of toms rules but
i will remove my avatar and quote since that is offending
my apologies
in my country we have freedom of religion and since
i respect all religions that is why I quoted any faith is
better than no faith
though if you are an agnostic or atheist you
also have that right too.
I dont judge.

Now as far as the card goes since the OP can get
a better card for the SAME MONEY
then why would they go for the inferior card?
the hd 4650 is the same price as the 4350
and is RECOMMENDED BY TOMS VIDEO CARD GUIDE

Also if you had a problem with me
why didnt you PM me instead of
making it public?
I didnt mean to offend and if you would
have stated that it did I would gladly remove
it.
I dont know why you had to get personal.
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 9:26:48 PM

it didnt have anything to do with me
owning the card
it is the better deal for the same money
35 one ebay with free shipping
while the 4350 is $30 with a few dollars shipping
so for the same money which
card would you buy?
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 9:37:02 PM

BTW I dont think the HD4650 is the "coolest thing to own since I own one"
I am saving up for a HD5670 myself personally since I am on a tight budget
I had to go with the HD4650
I have a slimline case with a 280w Dell PSU and those are the best choices.
But what do I know.
Oh wait I know that the 4650 is the same money and better card

BTW I just changed my picture and quote line.
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March 10, 2011 10:33:33 PM

Do you have a quad core or a dual core 530? The former has a larger power supply, I don't know if it has a separate PCIe power connector, though. If you do have a separate power connector, you have more options. But for your purposes, you really don't need a card that would require a PSU transplant in any event.

I don't know if they're still being sold at deep discounts but if so, look at the Nvidia GT240 with DDR5 memory (but not the slower DDR2 or DDR3 versions). I use one on an Inspiron 530 with a stock 300W PSU power supply and it works well. I don't know what sale prices are like these days, I paid $40 after a mail-in rebate. Newegg's discounts are random and change often, but they can be excellent if you're willing to watch, wait and pounce on a good deal when it shows up. The GT240 still rates very well in the current graphics card ratings among cards that don't require a separate power connector. 6 months ago, it was basically the fastest card card available that didn't have a separate power connector.
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 10:42:05 PM

^+1 decent choice although some customer reviews complained of bad driver problems
on Newegg
it is here on TigerDirect for 34.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
I think it is a stronger card than the HD4650 though I would have to check
the Chart to see how it matches up.
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 10:48:51 PM

that is the ddr3 GT240 version I linked and it does blow the
HD 4650 DDR2 away on Toms Chart
for 34.99 it is a good deal.
and probably they they have upgraded the drivers since
the reviewers on Newegg posted.

Of course you are pushing a card you own
though it is way better than a HD4350 or HD4650
and you use it in the same model computer
as the Original Poster so you have
personal experience
Hmm personal experience with same card and same computer
I guess that is a good thing? <sarcasm>
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March 10, 2011 11:18:38 PM

Cool it fellas.

If there is disagreement over another issue besides tech, take it to PM and work it out there.
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 11:39:16 PM

^ Agreed and understood
CT1615 never should have made that comment to start this
The argument was about which was the better video card for the money
not personal religious beliefs which CT1615 started unprovoked.
I even commented that s/he should have PMd me and not
made this a public issue
I didnt start this
CT1615 made it personal with a personal comment while
I kept it about tech.
I DID NOTHING WRONG
If I have ever offended anyone on Toms with my religous beliefs
I apologize even though plenty of members offend me
with Satanic symbols I dont COMMENT about them.
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 11:56:46 PM

BTW Old Geek 41 go for the GT 240 on Tiger Direct if TD is available to you
That is a great price for that card
Also the HD4650 would be second choice at same price on Ebay US
and the 4350 would also work but not as good a card as the other two
though if you can find it cheaper than $30 USD then it would best
for budget
Over 30 go for GT 240 or HD 4650
Sorry for the drama in your thread
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March 11, 2011 3:11:13 PM

FYI, if you do have a quad-core 530, it should have a 350W PSU with a 6 pin PCIE power connector.
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