Dell Inspiron 530s (Desktop)
Vista Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz
3 GB RAM
Intel G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Diablo 3 minimum requirements require a NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better. My question being can I find a low-profile graphics card that will run Diablo 3, assuming that I have no power/overheating issues with the new card? My Dell is a desktop with the slim casing and can't fit a full-size graphics card.
+1 for the SAPPHIRE 100326LP Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
Your PSU will be fine !
FROM PC MAG
" Both the 6570 and the 6670 are designed to use minimal power; according to AMD, the 6570 has a TDP of 44 watts (and uses only 10 watts when idle) and the 6670's TDP is 66 watts (and 12 watts while idling). In addition, both cards are designed for 512MB-1GB of RAM, though the 6570 can be stocked with either DDR3 or GDDR5 and the 6670 uses the faster GDDR5 exclusively."
I ran beta with a GeForce GTX 550Ti and it ran smooth (mostly @ 60-70 fps) however, the frames drastically declined when I was in a full game in rooms with lots of mobs and spells going off, down to about 20ish fps. You could really feel it hang. For me this isn't good enough and I will upgrading to a higher end GPU to handle the mass crowds and effects in game. Diablo 3 is a GPU hog and I'd recommend investing in a GPU that isn't so minimal. Solo play you will probably be fine, but you will most likely need to party at some point and thats when you will see the fps problems :\