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Inspiron 530 and HD 6670

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March 22, 2012 9:42:44 PM


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?

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?


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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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a c 413 U Graphics card
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?
a c 413 U Graphics card
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.

March 23, 2012 12:30:45 AM

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