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May 10, 2012 5:27:19 PM

Hey, i have a dell Vostro desktop computer and i need help with upgrading the graphics card.

i have a NVIDIA Geforce 310 and some of the games i play have started to lag. so i would like to know what would be the best graphics card to upgrade to?


The following are the system specs

Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Duo E700
3GBs of DDR3 Ram
NVIDIA Geforce 310
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May 10, 2012 5:30:19 PM

A great budget card would be a GeForce GTX 560Ti, or for a bit more a GTX 570.

On the AMD side a HD 6850 or 6870 would be solid choices as well.

Keep in mind that most GPU's are going to require separate power that the 310 won't require, so you will have to upgrade your Power Supply, or get a supplemental Power source.

Also, cards like the 560Ti come with an adapter, but your Power Supply probably won't have any extras.
May 10, 2012 5:44:08 PM

If you have a 300 watt power supply you could upgrade to a GT440 2GB from newegg for $65.
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May 10, 2012 5:49:24 PM

i think nvidea gt520 is best.i just bought its good best i have 4gb ram pentium dual core 2.6 giving best results
May 10, 2012 6:19:57 PM

On that motherboard you can upgrade to 8GB and a 2.1ghz quad core AMD (older version). To use the 8GB you will need a 64 bit OS (Windows 7).
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May 10, 2012 6:24:15 PM

itzdanielp said:
A great budget card would be a GeForce GTX 560Ti, or for a bit more a GTX 570.

On the AMD side a HD 6850 or 6870 would be solid choices as well.


But there will be too much bottelneck with a cpu of 1066mhz fsb.(Depending on games). Even with a GTX 550i or HD 6770 will bottleneck in that system. So buying gtx560i is not a good idea.

So my suggestion is to upgrade system or ovcerclock cpu(it will redure bottelneck). Or else buy gpu like gts450 or 6670.
May 10, 2012 6:27:42 PM

so if upgrade to 8GB of Ram then what would be the best Graphics card?
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May 10, 2012 6:31:44 PM

begnme said:
On that motherboard you can upgrade to 8GB and a 2.1ghz quad core AMD (older version). To use the 8GB you will need a 64 bit OS (Windows 7).


Did you say AMD processor on Intel system? Oh no, Come on. AMD processor dosnt supprot intel based system. They both use different socket and different technology. AMD processor needs only amd supported motherboard and intel processor needs intel proccessor supported motherboard.
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May 10, 2012 6:37:41 PM

stuartbarnes123 said:
so if upgrade to 8GB of Ram then what would be the best Graphics card?


Upgrading to 8gb ram will not help you for graphic card. 4gb is enough. Ignore what beqnme said. You need a better psu as itzdanielp said.

But upgrade to new system or cpu will help you greatly.
May 10, 2012 7:11:50 PM

ok. i want a Graphics card that doen't require me to change the power supply
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May 10, 2012 8:09:26 PM

There aren't many GPU's available aftermarket that don't need extra power.
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May 11, 2012 3:00:15 AM

stuartbarnes123 said:
ok. i want a Graphics card that doen't require me to change the power supply


Then HD 6670/HD 7750 will be the choice. If your psu is good enough, then it can handle them. What is psu watt?
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