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May 26, 2011 11:48:49 PM

I have a dell insperon 530s, and I know there have been quite a few topics on a video card for the 530s, but they are all older And after attempting to figure out what gpu is for me I feel like I'm going in circles. So I decided to make an account just to ask this

Like I said it's a insperon 530s (so low pro card), 250w max power supply.

Any help would be appreciated.

Oh yeah forgot to mention budget is roughly 50-90 dollars.

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May 27, 2011 12:30:56 AM

To be honest you need a new power supply, even the lowest AMD discrete card still has a 400w recommendation.
May 27, 2011 12:34:10 AM

what I was afraid if, any recommendations on power supply?
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a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2011 12:38:28 AM

ignore the above post completely

Dell rates their supplies at CONTINUOS WATTAGE
not max wattage like most aftermarket PSU makers

I run a HD 5670 on a Dell 280w with no problems
and have also ran a HD 4650 on the same PSU

I have ran Furmark GPU stress and at the same time ran Prime95 with
a OCd E4500 at 2.93 (yes you can Overclock some Dells) with
the HD 5670 OCd for over a half hour in a 75f room with no problems

I recommend the following low profile cards
Sapphire HD 4650 low pro
MSI HD 5670 low pro (careful it is a wide card with the dual fan assembly
make sure you have clearance around your PCI-E slot)

also a HD 4670 and a GT 240 are also decent choices

the HD 5670 is the most powerful card made in low pro
with no external power connector

My Dell Optiplex 745 with the HD 5670 plays
Crysis Warhead at 1920x1080 at Gamer settings
Bioshock 2 at 1920x1080 at high settings no AA
Left 4 dead 2 at 1920x1080 high settings with AA
Far Cry 2 at 1920x1080 at high settings

runs real quiet and cool

DONT pay attention to people who have no experience with Dells
May 27, 2011 12:47:00 AM

Oh alright very good to hear. I'm sure I'll go with one of those graphics cards.
May 27, 2011 12:51:58 AM

If someone could give me a link where to buy the low pro msi HD 5670, it would be much appreciated. Not sure why but I can't for the life of me find one.
a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2011 2:33:44 AM

newegg link

also have found on Amazon

warning the fan assembly is kind of big on that card
to fit it in my Optiplex Slim Desktop I had to cut the assembly and half
and only use one fan

look at your PCIe slot and make sure you have roughly a two inch clearance the topside

not the part facing the other cards but away from slots

also if you use vga a slot is filled with an extended vga blank plate

good luck
let us know how you did :) 
May 27, 2011 3:52:31 AM

Alright thank you very much. I'll probably order it tomorrow. And I'll be sure to post how it goes.
a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2011 6:46:08 AM

Just FYI a HD 5670 is max 64watt power usage
250w is a little low
I have read about HD 5670 running on low wattage supplies

read this

Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 $79.99 to $129.99

Core Clock: 775mhz
Stream Processors: 400
Effective Memory Clock: 4000 MHz
Power Consumption at Idle: 15 watts
Power Consumption at Full Load: 64 watts [...] TS?$S180W$

•Recommended is a 400 watt PSU to run this card no 6 pin connectors required this card. You will have no problems running on a 300 to 350watt PSU. 500 watt PSU is reccommended to crossfire this card you could get away with using 450 watt no problem.
•Recommended 30 Amps on the 12 volt rail for single card and 41 Amps for crossfire but this card will run on units with as little as 25 Amps on 12 volt rail.

that is from this link on Toms

realize that a Dell 250wcontiuos max is equl to about a 300-350 watt max load PSU

so you should be fine
but I want you to be aware that you are borderline line with the PSU

be careful and dont run more than one hard drive and optical drive
to be safe

here is a link to a good PSU calculator

I didnt know your exact specs
so I picked a Pentium D CPU
and 4 sticks of ram
and a sound card
plus 1 HD
1 dvdrw
1 fan
with 25% PSU aging

it says minimal 300 watt
and recommends 350 as ideal

I purposely picked higher power usage components like the Pentium D( real power hog compared to a Core2Duo or Celeron D) and 4 sticks of ram just to overestimate

it is safe to say your Dell 250 is equal to a 300w
probably more like 325w

But be aware you do this at your own risk
IF you want to be sure
google towers model number and HD 5670 and see if anybody has done this first

May 27, 2011 11:17:33 PM

I googled it. Believe I found a couple people that did it not sure if there was a psu upgrade Though I'll just give it a shot. haha.
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 7:33:15 AM

It is kind of cool when your not 100 percent sure if an upgrade will work or not
and then when you turn it on
and no smoke comes out
and it works good

That can be a real rush :) 
June 3, 2011 5:35:48 PM

Just an update, got the video card yesterday. Installed it and everything seems to be working perfectly. Nothing is running hot. Happy with the purchase. And thanks for the help.
June 3, 2011 5:36:29 PM

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June 3, 2011 5:40:26 PM

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