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Galaxy - GeForce GTX 550 for a Dell Inspiron 530?

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October 8, 2011 9:21:49 PM

Hey there, I'm upgrading my Dell Inspiron 530 (2 quad cpu at 2.4ghz with a qq660 processor and 4gb of RAM) for Battlefield 3

I just want to make sure that the upgrades I'm making will be compatible with the g33mo2 motherboard.

Okay, the upgrades are as follows.

-Upgrading the 350w power supply to a Thermaltake - 430W TR2 ATX Power Supply

-Upgrading the integrated graphics to a Galaxy - GeForce GTX 550


I'll be having it all installed at Best Buy, I just want to make sure everything will fit and be compatible.

Also, the 530 I have is in the wide case, not the slim version.
a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 9:27:42 PM

Install yourselff ( it's not difficult ) and with the money you save get a 500w and a gtx 560ti or non ti ?
Make sure it's not a very long gpu otherwise you might have a problem with the Satas.
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October 8, 2011 9:29:43 PM

No can do I'm afraid, parents are paranoid about this stuff so having it installed by "professionals" is part of the deal.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 9:31:35 PM

Better get a gtx 460, still a lot faster than the 550 and maybe the 560TI is a bit to much for your cpu.
You have a quad core or a duo core ? When i google i see one with a duo core.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 9:32:53 PM

Sigh, parents . . . Anyway 460 is probably same price as 550 and faster.
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October 8, 2011 9:35:03 PM

Price isnt an issue, compatibility is.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 9:35:46 PM

Btw, i wouldn't take a thermaltake, rather go for Corsair, Antec, XFX, Seasonic.
Good gpu makers for nvidea ; EVGA, Asus, MSI, HIS.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 9:37:47 PM

Well you do have a pcie x16 slot. I didn't see yet if it is version 1.0 or 2.0. Have to look into that. Back later.
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October 8, 2011 9:46:20 PM

Okay, and it is a quad core. I was talking to a guy on customer service at best buy and he wanted to know about the number of pins in the connectors...
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October 8, 2011 9:46:53 PM

Also for the powersupply would a cooler master work?
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October 8, 2011 9:48:34 PM

And also the 460 does look pretty good...
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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 9:57:18 PM

Can't find if it's 1 or 2. Can you download GPU-Z and see for yourself ? You have to hover your cursor over the 'Bus Interface' box for a sec and an info bubble should pop up. ( thanks MM )
I think it's a 1.1 or 1.0 version tho and there is sadly no way of telling than if it will work or not. It probably will, but it ain't sure.

Because of the 2 core i think higher than a 460 makes the cpu bottleneck so no need for a 560. I can be wrong, so forum, correct me if so.
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October 8, 2011 9:59:27 PM

Nvidia website says that the 460 is MUCH more powerful than the 550
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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 10:00:43 PM

Euh, quad core ? Your sure, i found a couple of the 530 with 2 core. Not your model tho, other models like the e4600.
Cooler Master is ok, but not allways with the cheaper models so i wouldn't.
I have a look at best buy.
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October 8, 2011 10:06:55 PM

And I'm pretty sure. System specs says its a 2 quad cpu.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 10:16:06 PM

Ok, seems to be quad core then.

Maybe ;

PSU
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Builder+Series+50...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Antec+-+EarthWatts+Green+Se... ( saves on your parents electrical bill :lol:  )

GPU
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+GeForce+GTX+460+1GB+...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/MSI+-+GeForce+GTX+460+1GB+G...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+GeForce+GTX+560+Ti+1...
If money really isn't a issue you can also think about a 570 but it will bottleneck with your system i think.

Also, forgot to ask, at what resolution you play ?

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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 10:17:01 PM

Ah, forget the 570 ( and 560ti ) then.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 10:20:24 PM

It will come above the 200 i'm afraid. I'll have another look.
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October 8, 2011 10:22:25 PM

alright thanks :p 

And lets say I get a Coolermaster 460w PSU and that GTX 460, I won't have to upgrade anything else right? I don't want anything to melt...
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October 8, 2011 10:25:25 PM

and my monitor resolution is 1680x1050...so I guess I play on that.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 10:27:24 PM

I think this one, altough it's officially 30W lower, is a safer choice. But make sure you don't oc anything and don't put 4 hd and 6 fans in ; 430W is very, very close and really not reccomendeble. ( i wouldn't like to take that risk for 20 or 30 bucks actually )

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Builder+Series+43...
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October 8, 2011 10:31:07 PM

I don't want to risk it. Thanks though.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 8, 2011 10:45:57 PM

No way to get the extra money by washing the car or mowing the lawn ?
Nvidea reccomends a minimum of 450W for the 460
Guru states the whole system uses 307W in full stress and also reccomends a 450W. http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-460-review/13

The 450W is reccomended to be completely safe, the 430W should cut it. ( altough it's lifespan will be shortend a bit maybe )
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October 8, 2011 11:12:18 PM

Ill just go for the Gtx 550
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