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9600GT low power - replacement?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 3, 2012 8:23:42 PM

I have an old Dell desktop with the following specs:

System Model: Dell Inspiron 530
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT

I know I bought the 9600 GT because it was low power, as I'm sure the Dell does not have a great PSU. Is there any replacement for this graphics card that would preform any better?
June 9, 2012 7:34:54 AM

Vettedude said:
The Inspiron 530 has a 300w PSU, and Dell uses pretty high quality units for pre-built.

This would be a decent upgrade for you:

If you PSU has a 6-pin PEG connector for a GPU, you could get an HD7770 which would improve performance:

I'm leaning towards the HD 7770, but I'm concerned about power consumption. The PSU is only 300 watts, and the 7770 is listed at either 500w or 600w. I know manufacturers are conservative in their rankings, but even if there's an extra 6-pin connector in there, wouldn't that be too much?
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June 9, 2012 6:48:47 PM

Yeah, I think I'm going to go with the 7750. Thanks!