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Dell XPS 400 vs Dell Inspiron 530. Which do I upgrade for Diablo 3.

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 29, 2012 12:38:11 AM

Hello guys :hello:  thanks for reading my post i've searched threads for both comps most of em are pretty dated and the suggestions for video card upgrades are not available to purchase new anymore. My main concern is which comp to upgrade so I can get some Diablo 3 action going?

I'd be playing at 1280x1024 although if there's a way I can get away with connecting the comp to my 26 inch 720p vizio tv that would be cool.

Honestly I would like to just build a new one and not have to worry about upgrading either but sadly my budget range limits that because my car needs to get fixed and that's going to run me about 1k :( 


Budget Range: 100-150 (including PSU if needed.) before rebates

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible before May 15 when D3 is released.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Diablo 3, Starcraft 2) Internet browsing.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon, any site you guys trust.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't have enough knowledge to have a preference.



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, if possible whatever resolution I can get looking nice on my 27inch 720p tv

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Running Diablo 3 at higher settings would be great but I can settle for low to medium as long as i can play the game smoothly even if everything is low.

Here is the current hardware for both machines

Dell XPS 400
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp.050329-1536)
System Model: Dell DXP051
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1022MB RAM
Page File: 523MB used, 1935MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode
Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series
Power Supply: Stock dell 375w

Dell Inspiron 530
Operating System: Windows Vista Sp2 build 6002
System Model: Inspiron 530
BIOS: Dell Inc. 1.0.12 3/1/2008
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2.40 Ghz 2400MHZ, 2 Cores
Memory: 2gb Ram
Card name: Intel G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Power Supply: Stock dell 300w

Any Information I left out let me know if you need more so I can search for it some more but I wasn't 100% sure on the specs that I left out so I left them out rather than put in unsure hardware. From the threads i've read the dell psu's are capable of handling more than what they are labled as but if I need to buy a new psu that's fine.
March 29, 2012 12:59:31 AM

The price of those combined looks reasonable. What comp should I throw that combo in?
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March 29, 2012 1:10:50 AM

I would throw it in the 530. Though both are probably going to be limited by the cpu.
March 29, 2012 1:18:56 AM

Yeah damn cpu..alright well thanks for the help man appreciate it!