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May 15, 2012 3:02:53 AM

Hello,

I'm planning to upgrade my home computer (Dell Inspiron 570 running windows 7) with a graphics card soon.

What graphics cards can I buy which will be compatible with my system? I've also heard people talk of power chords that some people need. Will I need one of those, or is just a graphics card fine?

Here are my specs:

Model: Dell Inspiron 570
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 245 Processor 2.90 GHz
Installed Memory(RAM): 4.00 GB (3.75 usable)
64-bit OS

I was thinking of a NVIDIA geforce 8300gs oem. But I know it's kind of old. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks so much,

~ Guy looking for help.

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a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2012 3:23:22 AM

6770. It will play most games today at med-high settings and at 1680x1050. You do want it for gaming, right? Also, what is your monitor resolution?
May 15, 2012 6:53:51 AM

I'll have to check the monitor resolution, and I'll edit this post with it. (At my laptop now, will need to check the desktop later.)

Have you heard any good things about NVIDIA 8600? I have a friend who's willing to sell it to me for ten dollars. If it's compatible and efficient with Dell Inspiron 570, I want to take advantage of the opportunity.

I know they're old graphics card, so they might conflict with Windows 7. Does anyone have a list of graphics cards that would be compatible Dell Inspiron 570. (And I don't need a power chord then?)

Sorry for being so thorough, just trying to take all precautions, thanks guys.
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a c 84 U Graphics card
May 15, 2012 6:58:14 AM

what is your monitor resolution?which games u wanna play?what is your budget?which psu do you have?
May 15, 2012 6:36:17 PM

My monitor resolution is 1600 x 900. I want to run Diablo III. My budget is around 50-100 dollars. I can't find my PSU right now since I don't want to open up the computer right now. Any advice?
May 15, 2012 6:45:48 PM

HD7750 if u hav a cheap PSU (450w with +12v rail rated <= 25A)...if u hav a better PSU then HD6770
May 15, 2012 7:53:56 PM

How expensive would you say those graphics cards are? Also, are there any easier, quicker ways to check out my PSU without opening up my computer?
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2012 3:20:50 AM

If you know the exact model you can check the website. But the most sure way is to check inside the case.
a c 84 U Graphics card
May 16, 2012 6:27:13 AM

its simple just open your case and then there will be psu inside the psu is that thing which looks like a box and its having many wires to connect to the mobo and other hardware on that psu there will be an lable there will be written the model of psu and how many amps it get on 12v rail.:) 

psu looks like this



label looks like this





May 19, 2012 12:25:07 AM

Alright, I've managed to open up the computer and take a look at the Power Supply Label. Let me know what you guys think.

A friend told me Diablo III isn't graphics heavy at all, so upgrading to a better graphics card might not have much effect. He said it had more to do with processor speed. Here are all the specs I've observed:

AC Input:
(50 - 60hz)
100 -127V~/9A
200 -240V~/4.5A

DC Output:
+5V / 22A
+12V / 18A
+5V aux / 2A

+5V and +3.3V shall not exceed 160W

Max Output Power: 300W

Model: HP-P3017F3
UP/N: D300R002L

I'm pretty sure you guys only needed the max power output. But I listed everything else just in case. Thanks again,
a c 84 U Graphics card
May 19, 2012 6:40:39 AM

hd 6570 will be enough or you can also get an hd 7750.:) 
a b U Graphics card
May 19, 2012 8:42:34 AM

I'd lean towards a 7750 because 6570 was having trouble at low settings at 1080p.
May 19, 2012 6:59:26 PM

Was it having trouble with Diablo 3? I watched a video on youtube where it was running pretty smoothly. Here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBG9mPUoI0E

I also read a review that said 7750 improved upon 6570, but not by much. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks. (And would my 300W PSU be able to handle these graphics cards without a problem?)
a c 84 U Graphics card
May 20, 2012 6:37:31 AM

your psu will handle hd 6570 with ease.:) goodluck.:) 
a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2012 2:38:06 PM

bgajdor1 said:
Was it having trouble with Diablo 3? I watched a video on youtube where it was running pretty smoothly. Here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBG9mPUoI0E

I also read a review that said 7750 improved upon 6570, but not by much. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks. (And would my 300W PSU be able to handle these graphics cards without a problem?)


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diablo-iii-performa...

I can't find the original thread, but this one lists a 6670 giving max 48 fps. That said, keep in mind that it is about 50% better than a 6570.

The resolution used in the video is 1280x1024. Anything will run smoothly on 1280x1024.
May 20, 2012 7:43:32 PM

My monitor is a bit of an oddball with a resolution of 1600 x 900. Should I change the resolution of the game to run it optimally? I have a feeling that will look stretched out anyways.

P.S. Thanks for all of the assistance guys, you've been a huge help thus far. And you think my PSU will be able to run the 6670, 6770, and 7750 with ease as well?

EDIT: Just read somewhere that 6670 and above require at least a 450W PSU. I'd prefer not to buy a new PSU. So do you guys recommend I stay with the 6570? (Or have you had different experiences with the higher output graphics cards.)
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