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Inspiron 530 and HD 6670

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March 22, 2012 9:42:44 PM

Heya,

I'm looking to upgrade the (dying) video card in my fiance's desktop.
She has an older computer from Dell, the Inspiron 530.

This version of the Inspiron 530 came with a 300W power supply.

Currently, the graphics card she is using, the capacitors are swelling and look about ready to go any day now, but I knew it would come eventually, as it's now 4 years old.

What she does on her computer is the following: WoW on maximum settings, uses her tablet often to create art, watches Netflix and plays games on Facebook.


Will this work inside her computer, with it being only 300W?
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=69349&vpn=AX6670%202GBK3-H&manufacture=PowerColor


She will be replacing an older 8600GT 256MB.

As for load, her computer has a 500GB HDD, 4GB 4x1GB DDR2 RAM, and a Core 2 Duo E6550 @ 2.33GHz/2.33GHz 1333FSB CPU.

Will she be able to just plop the above links GPU into the computer and run it fine? Or will trouble arise?

Thanks!

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March 22, 2012 10:31:48 PM

tl;dr Will this GPU run on 300W absolutely fine?
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March 22, 2012 10:51:38 PM

A Radeon HD 6670 will run fine on a 300w PSU from Dell. However, the caveat is the HD 6670 is a PCI-e 2.1 card. Your motherboard has either a PCI-e 1.0 or 1.1 slot.

There have been some people who reported compatibility issues when installing a PCI-e 2.1 card in a PCI-e 1.0/1.1 slot. The chances of having a problem is low, but it does exist.
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March 22, 2012 11:04:23 PM

Thank you so much.

I haven't really looked into the 2.1 card issues on a 1.0/1.1 slot, when you say the compatibility problem is low, would you say that the chances I would run into a problem are greatly slim?
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March 22, 2012 11:59:05 PM

Yep. There is a slim chance that it may not work so, you want to set aside some money to ship back the card just in case.

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March 23, 2012 12:30:45 AM

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