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Dell Dimension E520 Graphics Card Update for Diablo 3

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May 6, 2012 7:18:01 PM

Hello,

I have a Dell Dimension E520. I do not often play games, but whenever I do I have had little to no problems as I am satisfied with lower settings. I am considering upgrading the video card. (I currently have radeon x1300 256 mb) PSU is 305. I am not a hardcore PC gamer, but I will be playing Diablo 3 and would like to possibly help the experience. My current set-up ran the beta well enough, but if I am suggested the right card for performance I would go ahead and upgrade. I would prefer to spend no more then $40, but will consider anything.

Any suggestions on an upgrade?
May 6, 2012 7:20:03 PM

More information: I'm currently considering the Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1 GB DDR3 HDMI/DVI-I/VGA PCI-Express Graphics Card 100292DDR3L.

No rush on purchase, but would prefer to do so in the next couple of weeks.
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May 6, 2012 8:01:21 PM

Two issues i see.

One is The PCIe slot on the mobo is 1.0 and the card is 2.1. PCIe is backwards compatible but I've read conflicting reports saying people have issues sometimes with 2.1 in 1.0. Maybe someone can chime in on this issue.

I want to say it will be fine since the 5450 isn't(wasn't) a high end card so i doubt it would use up all the bandwidth PCIe 1.0 provides.

The other is that 305W PSU wont cut it. AMD says you need at least a 400W PSU. So you'll need a new PSU, 450W+ IMO. I like Corsair PSUs. I think the lowest W they make is a 500W for around $50-$60.
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May 6, 2012 9:47:16 PM

Thanks for the heads up. Are there any suggestions on cards that would fit within in my PSU then? Thanks!
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May 6, 2012 10:12:40 PM

The e520 has an "upgraded" bios that will work with 2.1 cards so that is not an issue. Bandwidth is also irrelevant at this low end for pcie. The dell 305w is actually pretty good quality and can handle a 5670, although this is out of your budget. (5450 actually uses half the power than the x1300 that you have.) If you don't mind getting used, you can sometimes find a used 6570 for around $45 which is a decent step up. (I currently see one at $48 on amazon.) Or a 4650 can also be found $30-40.
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May 6, 2012 11:09:01 PM

Thanks for your help. I will check into these!
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May 6, 2012 11:26:05 PM

k1114 said:
The e520 has an "upgraded" bios that will work with 2.1 cards so that is not an issue. Bandwidth is also irrelevant at this low end for pcie. The dell 305w is actually pretty good quality and can handle a 5670, although this is out of your budget. (5450 actually uses half the power than the x1300 that you have.) If you don't mind getting used, you can sometimes find a used 6570 for around $45 which is a decent step up. (I currently see one at $48 on amazon.) Or a 4650 can also be found $30-40.



Would the 5670 be the best choice out of these? I may consider going above my budget if it's a big enough upgrade in performance. Thanks!
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