Need advice on upgrading graphics card

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - Dragon Nest http://dragonnest.nexon.net/support/game-download

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Integrated Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family(286MB) and Bestec Model: TFX0250D5W 250W PSU


OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
2008 Dell Inspiron 530s, CPU- Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2.40 GHz, MoBo- Dell Inc./0RY007, Memory- DDR2 3GB RAM, PCIE 2.0 x16 slot available

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon.com, BestBuy.com


PARTS PREFERENCES:
ATI/AMD, Nvidia, not familiar with company makes, but it seems to me that XFX is the preferred unless I'm mistaken

OVERCLOCKING: N/A - amateur knowledge, overall no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first attempt at upgrading and I know that my PC isn't meant for gaming, but I just need it to work well enough for the game mentioned above. I've looked at many cards and psu's and there have been very few that are compatible with the model of my PC.

I just need professional advice whether the parts I scouted for are good enough: GPU- www.amazon.com/XFX-Radeon-Low-Profile-PCI-Express-HD455XYAF2/dp/B0033A4H26
PSU- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00598NJ10/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

The issue I want to resolve is that when I am in-game next to an object (NPC/dropped item) and has a glow that appears around it, my FPS drops to 5fps from 15fps. I'm not looking for a graphics card to increase visual quality, but rather performance(getting rid of sudden FPS drop). This is the primary game I would be using the card for...none of those popular ones.

The sys. req. of the game are in the link in the beginning of the post. I'm thinking that my integrated 286MB chip is too small and hopefully any 512MB could help.

Thank you.
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500228

    the one you chose would play it, but this is quiet a bit nicer if you can bump up your price a tad
  2. the 6450 is half the performance of a 520
  3. buy GT 520 OC , suggest for GT 430 OC.
  4. if u need low profile gpu gt 430 will be better choice then the gt 520 and its pretty good in gaming but not much and evga is the best brand for buying an nvidia gpu:)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130609
  5. this is the most powerful solution you could get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161397
  6. Thank you all so much for the suggestions.

    @refillable Yes, I have a slim case, but is a low profile bracket a necessity even though I get a low profile card?

    I dont know if I mentioned it clearly in my post but I think my pc can only handle DDR2 cards. Unless I have some misunderstanding, many of the suggested cards are DDR3/5. Also are all the suggested cards assuming i've gotten a new 300W psu or my old 250W psu?
  7. DDR2 is referring the the mainboard (motherboard), not the actual graphics card. I'd honestly think about the AMD line as they have better power management in their newer products. You can also pick up a 6450 with a rebate for $25.00. Personally I'd go with something with a little extra steam like the 6500 series. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127612

    That is if you can handle the extra cost. However if you do know that you'll also have to deal with more heat production over the 6450 or the 520, but with a much better gaming experience.
  8. The type of RAM on the GPU is not related to the type of RAM on your mobo; GDDR5 is what you want on a new GPU.
    The card that Derbixrace listed would be good, although it is a wide card, so make sure there is room. If your width must be narrow, then this one will fit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102958
    Either, however, will require a new PSU. This is the one I'd choose: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151090 or, if the fan bulge means it won't fit, this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104072 Both have been reviewed by Jonnyguru and/or HardwareSecrets and found to be good.
  9. bak0n said:
    DDR2 is referring the the mainboard (motherboard), not the actual graphics card. I'd honestly think about the AMD line as they have better power management in their newer products. You can also pick up a 6450 with a rebate for $25.00. Personally I'd go with something with a little extra steam like the 6500 series. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127612

    That is if you can handle the extra cost. However if you do know that you'll also have to deal with more heat production over the 6450 or the 520, but with a much better gaming experience.


    Thanks for clearing that up for me. However I still dont know if all these suggested cards will be fine for a 4 yr old 250W psu. I.ve read that the card I found on amazon can run with my psu..
  10. Onus said:
    The type of RAM on the GPU is not related to the type of RAM on your mobo; GDDR5 is what you want on a new GPU.
    The card that Derbixrace listed would be good, although it is a wide card, so make sure there is room. If your width must be narrow, then this one will fit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102958
    Either, however, will require a new PSU. This is the one I'd choose: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151090 or, if the fan bulge means it won't fit, this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104072 Both have been reviewed by Jonnyguru and/or HardwareSecrets and found to be good.


    Okay ill look into those, thanks eveyone for the feedback and i'll tell u how it turns out.

    Oh amd i'm still not sure if I need a low profile bracket for any card I get.
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