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Graphics Card For a Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop

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November 23, 2011 5:26:57 PM

Hello everyone. I would appreciate recommendations for a graphics card and perhaps memory for my Dell Inspiron 530 (not the slim version). I know the question concerning a card upgrade for the Inspiron has been asked several times over the years, but I have not seen a posting in a while so I thought I would ask.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: week to two weeks

USAGE: mainly moderate gaming – WOW

Budget: up to $150 before rebates

SPECS: stock computer

OS - Vista 32-bit
Processor - Core 2 Quad Q6600
RAM - 4 GB DDR2 332 MHz
Motherboard – Dell Intel OFM 586 (socket 775) P35/G33/G31
Graphics Card - ATI Radeon 2400 Pro
Power Supply – I believe its 300 W
Hard Drive - 500 GB Samsung

What graphic card would you recommend? Would it be worth upgrading the RAM? Let me know if anyone needs additional information. Thanks for your help.

a c 259 U Graphics card
November 23, 2011 11:54:44 PM

Your Dell should have the 350W PSU with the quad core processor. Fortunately, Dell used under-rated PSUs in that model. You should be able to use a mid-range card that requires the external PCIe power cable. Just don't over-do it. Use the calculator below to judge the max size you can put in the machine.
http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/

After first checking with the PSU calc, I wouldn't go more than a HD 6770 without upgrading the PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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a c 181 U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 2:08:39 AM

As Far as the Nvidia card goe's is the GT 440 it handles 300W and up. Your PSU is what is going to hold you back. My old Dell Inspiron 580 has a 300 W PSU and the biggest card I have in there is a GT 430. On my new build I have a 800 W PSU So I can run better cards. The thing is with all the new games that are out require a lot more resourse's.

When I would play Age of Empires and the Total War Games. After playing for about an hour they started stuttering very baddly. Like clutchc said you should think about up grading your PSU.

I prefer Nvidia card better than AMD but that does not mean the AMD card is a good one or even better.
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November 24, 2011 2:53:29 AM

clutchc said:
Your Dell should have the 350W PSU with the quad core processor. Fortunately, Dell used under-rated PSUs in that model. You should be able to use a mid-range card that requires the external PCIe power cable. Just don't over-do it. Use the calculator below to judge the max size you can put in the machine.
http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/

After first checking with the PSU calc, I wouldn't go more than a HD 6770 without upgrading the PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


I like the HIS HD 6770 you listed. In the details section for the 6770 it lists the system requirement as a minimum of 450 W PSU. Will it be ok with a 350W PSU?
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a c 259 U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 3:54:34 PM

cinch00 said:
I like the HIS HD 6770 you listed. In the details section for the 6770 it lists the system requirement as a minimum of 450 W PSU. Will it be ok with a 350W PSU?

Use the power supply calculator I linked you to. No guessing required, then.

I'm betting the PSU will be able to handle that card. The only time the card will max out its wattage requirement is when it and/or the CPU is stressed to the max in very demanding games at very high resolutions. If not, voltage drop will cause the system will reboot itself or just shut down. Then you'll know for sure.

Update: I plugged my 2nd computer in to my Kill-a-Watt meter and ran the Furmark GPU stress test. The system has a Athlon II X3 3.2GHZ, 8GB DDR3, and a Sapphire HD 5770 graphics card. (The HD 5770 requires about the same power as the HD 6770.) http://www.hwcompare.com/5704/radeon-hd-5770-vs-radeon-...
Total system wattage at the PSU primary side was 233W. No game will stress the card more than Furmark.
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