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Upgrading Graphics Card for Dell Inspiron 530

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June 2, 2012 4:49:14 PM

I want upgrade the graphics card on my Dell Inspiron 530, and my power supply is about 250W, which I believe is very low for a dedicated graphics card. So can anyone suggest me a good combination of PSU and Graphics Card. My budget is around 100 GBP. I just want to do light gaming (like minecraft) and be able to run android emulators at a good frame rate.

My CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E5200 @ 2.5 Ghz
My current Graphics Card: Intel G31/G33 Express Chipset Family (its very slow!!!)
RAM : 4GB DDR2
Monitor: Acer x193w, 1440x900

MY CPU Z report:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35866688/SHUBHAMPC.html

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June 2, 2012 5:29:34 PM

Thanks SinisterSalad, is this what you mean :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/VTX3D-Graphics-128-Bit-PCI-Expr...

The only thing I am worried about is that it has no reviews, can you suggest any other vendors or even another graphics card?
Also, is Sapphire a good company, cause they also have a raedon 7750

And finally is there any good brand for PSU, can you post any links ? (my prefered seller is amazon)
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a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 5:32:00 PM

s_b said:
I want upgrade the graphics card on my Dell Inspiron 530, and my power supply is about 250W, which I believe is very low for a dedicated graphics card. So can anyone suggest me a good combination of PSU and Graphics Card. My budget is around 100 GBP. I just want to do light gaming (like minecraft) and be able to run android emulators at a good frame rate.


Hello s_b,

I apologize in advance as I am not familiar with PC hardware retailers outside of North America but i will do my best to give you great recommendations.

100GBP = approx $153 USD

Based on this information I would highly recommend the following

PSU: [About $40]
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Graphics Card: AMD 6750 1GB [GDDR5] [About $100]
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

In retrospect, this is what can roughly get with 100GBP. Btw, if you do decide to get the 6750 1GB, make SURE it's GDDR5 and NOT GDDR3 [The GDDR5 may cost a bit more than the GDDR3, but it makes a HUGE performance difference].

PS: 6750 vs 7750
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=659&card2...

As you can see, there is minimal performance difference between the two cards; the only difference is that the 7750 uses a 28NM die which results in lower power consumption; however this is irrelevant [30W different] and you will be getting a new Power Supply anyways. Also, being older always mean it's drivers are that much mature.
June 2, 2012 5:47:29 PM

Thanks coffeecoffee, is CiT a good brand for PSU, cause i found a good deal in amazon, if its not can anyone give me good brands for PSU?

June 3, 2012 12:28:30 AM

I've never heard of them, at least not over here. Companies like Corsair, Seasonic and Antec are good ones.
June 3, 2012 1:07:09 AM

SinisterSalad said:
I've never heard of them, at least not over here. Companies like Corsair, Seasonic and Antec are good ones.


thanks,

I think I have decided to go with Raedon HD 7750 with 500W Corsair PSU, but one thing:
which one do you think is better Sapphire or VTX3D as a brand for graphics card.
a b U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 2:29:56 AM

I have never heard of VTX3D before... I'd say go with Sapphire.


~Coffee
June 3, 2012 9:39:33 AM

coffeecoffee said:
I have never heard of VTX3D before... I'd say go with Sapphire.


~Coffee


cheers coffecoffe :) 
June 3, 2012 2:15:45 PM

coffeecoffee said:
I have never heard of VTX3D before... I'd say go with Sapphire.


~Coffee

I concur.
a c 198 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 8:32:10 PM

There should be no problems installing the PSU, but if you are going to get a 7750, the Corsair CX600 is completely irrelevant. The 7750 should run fine as long as the PSU is 300W or so. What did you say the wattage on your PSU is currently?

EDIT: Then again a PSU upgrade wouldn't be bad, as if you got a new computer or a new graphics card, you could use the power supply again.
June 5, 2012 8:42:08 PM

thanks deemo13, but i wanted to know, Will the PSU fit in my Inpiron 530 casing, is there enough space and are connectors compatible?
Btw, My current PSU is about 250 to 300W
a c 198 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 8:47:08 PM

If you have a regular sized case, which it should be based on what I saw on Google images, should fit perfectly fine. The CX600 has plenty of connectors and will work on a wide range of computers old and new.
a c 181 U Graphics card
June 6, 2012 3:29:42 AM

^+100%
I agree on all of the above said. Good luck with your new card and PSU. Think about in the fucture getting a bigger case so you have good air movement to keep things cooler. Cheers
June 6, 2012 6:11:14 PM

Those cases are plenty big enough. I've worked on a few of those designed ones.