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I need a new graphics graphics card for my Dell Inspiron 530

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August 11, 2011 4:07:58 PM

Hello,
I basically just need a new graphics card so i can game and watch videos in full screen on my Dell Inspiron 530.
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 12:27:04 AM

tell me your specs, resolution and budget and ill gladly help
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August 14, 2011 1:01:20 PM

how do i find my spes and resolution? my budget is up to $150.
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a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2011 1:34:04 PM

HD 6670
HD 5670
GT 240 DDR5

in that order

would be your best choices without having to upgrade the power supply
Take it from a fortunate Dell owner :) 
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a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2011 3:41:59 PM

This webiste has information on finding specs on computer that affect gaming card choice, including PSU information and other helpful information about upgrading your video card:

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/criteria.html

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August 15, 2011 1:22:40 PM

XFX - ATI Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card.
is that a good graphics card for my pc?
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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2011 10:38:54 PM

Did you read the stickee on how to ask for help?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/290969-33-advice-choo...

What do you mean a "good" card for your PC?

You have not provided any details about your PC. how you use it, what you are trying to achieve, or what your budget is. Also what is the resolution of your monitor?
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 6:55:48 AM

Inspiron 530
a 300 or 350w PSU
depending on whether it has a Core 2 Quad or not
link to specs
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd530/...

HD 6670
HD 5670
GT 240 DDR5

those three are fastest cards that dont require alot of wattage
or 6 pin PCIe connector

without a PSU upgrade those three are your choices

also be careful of size of card especially spacing between card
and CPU/HSF/Northbridge HS


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August 16, 2011 4:19:16 PM

First of all, i do not know how to find any of that stuff including resoluton, and i did state my budget; nothing over $150. i'd like to use it for FPS gaming like Left 4 Dead 2. And i'd like to actually be able to watch videos in full screen.
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August 16, 2011 4:35:59 PM

dethpoop said:
First of all, i do not know how to find any of that stuff including resoluton, and i did state my budget; nothing over $150. i'd like to use it for FPS gaming like Left 4 Dead 2. And i'd like to actually be able to watch videos in full screen.




Download CUPID from downloads.cnet.com, then install and run. If you mostly play L4D2, you'll need a dual core processor, and atleast 2GB of ram. Run that CPU ID program and tell us your CPU, RAM amount and speed (should have a "MHz, rating under the Memory tab) and if you only play l4d2 the cards listed above, or an Nvidia 9500GT are good inexpensive choices.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 6:19:20 PM

I own Left 4 Dead 2 (cool game)
and with my HD 5670 at 1920x1080 I can play easily on the highest settings

Personally I recommend the HD 6670
would NOT require a PSU upgrade

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a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2011 1:53:15 PM

The HD 6670 recommended by king would be an excellent choice for a card that works with your power supply - if it is a good 300w PSU. Upgrading the power supply alone would cost about $50-$60 for a decent PSU.

I recommend this card which cost $70 after rebate:

XFX HD-667X-ZAF3 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This review shows the performance you can expect from that card, assuming none of your other components constrain its performance:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6570-rade...

Note that back in April they considered the card overpriced at $100, but now even at $100 they give it an honorable mention on their best cards for the money article - so at $70 it is a good value:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-...

If you have a 350w PSU you could get a little faster video card.

To learn more about upgrading video cards I again recommend visiting upgradingviceocards.com and particularly the page about finding system requirements for video card upgrades:

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/criteria.html

and about low power video cards:

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/nongaming.html

Also note that just about any decent video card you get that costs over $50 should enable you to watch videos in full screen up to resolutions 1920x1080 or 1920x1200.
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