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1080p Gaming advice please

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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
September 6, 2011 8:53:51 AM

Hi there, noobie here :sol: 

Im hoping to steel some wonder from your experiences.

I am an aging but avid gamer who's past life has been enhanced by the 360 & PS3, now I feel its time to appreciate my PC & jump into the larger fight especially with BF3 just around the corner

My knowledge isnt the best, nor the worse but due to the world how it is etc, I dont want to go "overkill" by spending too much on whats really necessary, hence my post here

To cut this boring thread short.. well shorter lol, basically Im after a setup wher I can run games how theyre supposed to be run ableit @ 1080p as thats the max of my monitor (LG W2261)

I already know that Im gonna have to fork out for a new PSU as mine is only 350W, but with that aside, here are my specs

Can someone offer me advice/recommendations with regards to a card, ie is the Geforce GTX 560Ti overkill @ circa £200 etc..

System Information
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 530
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 3070MB RAM (MAX system will allow is 4GB, likely to upgrade this too)
Card name: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x9588)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Display Memory: 1530 MB
Dedicated Memory: 250 MB
Shared Memory: 1279 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (59Hz)
Monitor: LG W2261(Digital)
Sound Devices
Description: Digital Output (C-Media PCI Audio Device)

I dont use PC sound & have passthru to Onkyo Amp & Tannoy speakers during early evening & Turtle Beach X41's for late nights

Sorry if this question has been asked a million times but I suppose each answer is different depending on the original setup

Many thanks for reading thus far & hope you can help


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a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2011 9:36:28 AM

The GTX 560 Ti is spot on for that resolution. I know because I bought one a couple of weeks ago to replace my GTX 460 and I have no regrets. The 560 ti will play GTA 4 at full settings with no problems.
September 6, 2011 9:49:54 AM

Many thanks for the reply, GTA not my thing but I presume its pretty demanding for u to mention it, I pressume, my processor etc is ok ? will a RAM upgrade to 4GB be necessary ?

Thanks again
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a c 104 U Graphics card
September 6, 2011 10:23:20 AM

Ram upgrade won't hurt imo. I saw a difference on my system even between 4 and 6 ram.
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2011 10:25:58 AM

You will also need to check the PCIe x16 compatibility of the card you plan to toss into your rig.
Firstly, if I remember correctly than the Mobo in the Inspiron 530 has only 1 PCIe x16 not PCie 2 X16 or 2.1 x16.... the cards are mostly backwards compatible but be sure before you get one.
Secondly, you'll need to check space inside your case if the card you plan to buy fits in, since these systems are pretty tightly made you need to check dimensions first.
You might not be able to get the card clear of the RAM modules....
And if you are running the 64bit version of Home Premium, then, the more RAM the Better.... but if it's 32bit.... no need to go beyond 3GB.....the next 1Gb is sometimes taken into use and sometimes not detected altogether varying from system to system so for the time being check these few things and lets us know
September 6, 2011 11:36:51 AM

Thanks for the info peeps, much appreciated. Got me concerned about the PCie 2 now, any swift pointers on how to check ?

a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2011 11:42:45 AM

Specs about the card model and maker will give you it's PCIe stuff and dimensions can be found there too
As far as knowing about your present Inspiron, a few screws unscrewed and you'll get the precise model and make of the mobo.... a flashlight would help...
Check this out for further detail
September 6, 2011 11:58:10 AM

Thanks again, off with me screw driver now, I suspect to turn the air blue at the same time lol
September 6, 2011 1:11:17 PM

Whats your budget?
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2011 1:25:08 PM

Since you have a quad core CPU you can consider a Radeon HD 6950 1GB which performs better than GTX560ti for a fluid 1080p Gaming.
September 6, 2011 1:41:41 PM

Budget is same as anything I suppose, dont want to spend much more than £200 but would prefer less ;) 
September 6, 2011 1:43:30 PM

I looked at the HD 6950, from reviews Ive read, I was under impression that 560 Ti was better, maybe Im wrong
September 6, 2011 1:49:46 PM

Ignore that, must have been the 6850 I compared it too. Not really sure of Pros or Cons over either card, was looking at 560 for a change to nVidia as Ive had ATI's in the past & the CCC is annoying with more updates than the wifes wardrobe