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October 24, 2011 5:45:21 PM

Hello,
i have a dells inspiron 530s intel based chipset g33 i'm trying to get better graphics but need a card that will fit in my case prefferably without changing my psu
a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2011 5:57:39 PM

rough21 said:
Hello,
i have a dells inspiron 530s intel based chipset g33 i'm trying to get better graphics but need a card that will fit in my case prefferably without changing my psu


I thought this was a laptop, but I was wrong. I'd have to see the specs in order to determine what slots you have on your motherboard. If it's capable of PCI-E 1.0 (I doubt 2.0) I think you can still get cards for it, but if it uses AGP you may have to resort to eBay.
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a c 218 U Graphics card
October 24, 2011 6:05:38 PM

You can use a low-profile video card such as the one below with your system:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have 2 of these in small form factor cases using 180w power supplies and I have had no problems at all (using them as HTPCs).
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 24, 2011 6:05:40 PM

What makes you think it's a laptop. There are also inspiron 530S desktops i believe.
How much watt is the psu ?
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a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2011 6:06:32 PM

Hi, Rough21

We need a few more details... What is your current PSU ?
Do you have a slim case ?
CPU / Speed ?
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a c 218 U Graphics card
October 24, 2011 6:09:19 PM

The Inspiron 530S is a small form factor (slim) desktop machine. It comes with a 250w PSU. It can accept a low-profile PCIe GPU.
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October 24, 2011 7:40:26 PM

@colgeek: great info... my pc does great with everything except graphics... i was concerned about upgrading b/c i read of some people having a problem with the psu having enough juice thus burning up some parts
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October 24, 2011 7:40:59 PM

HD 6870
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 24, 2011 7:54:17 PM

xcomvic said:
HD 6870


Yeah, right, a 6870 on a 250W psu ??????????????????
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October 24, 2011 8:03:15 PM

It's the best of the best:)  Single Slot. Upgrade the PSU:) 
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 24, 2011 8:14:26 PM

It's not the best of the best, where have you been last 9 months or so ?

If you wanne give sound advice read the question right and don't just shout "6870" every time you see a question about a gpu.
Advicing a 6870 for a 250W psu without mentioning it needs 500w is, well, bad advice, to say it nicely.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 24, 2011 8:29:28 PM

Never saw a 6870 troll before. Well, they exist apperently . . . :heink: 
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October 24, 2011 10:38:26 PM

@robjordy thanks for clearing that up about the psu, cause i don't wanna have to upgrade the psu
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October 24, 2011 10:39:07 PM

Best answer selected by rough21.
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October 27, 2011 5:24:59 PM

I did a similar upgrade to a HD5570 card and consequently bought a better PSU.

HIS Silence H557HR1G Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16
PointTek TFX 400W Power Supply

They work great. Hope that helps.
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