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June 5, 2012 1:00:50 PM

hi guys. i currently have a dell inspiron desktop, core 2 duo e7500 processor. its got a terrible radeon 4350 graphics card and im on the lookout for an upgrade. i do suspect i might need a low profile card though. any idea or recommendations? :) 
a c 214 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 1:11:38 PM

Do you know the exact model number of your inspiron?

What is your budget?
June 5, 2012 1:14:09 PM

I'm not sure on the exact model now I'm afraid. Budget could be anything, but don't want to get something that is held back by the processor of course
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a c 214 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 3:12:12 PM

What kind of games do you play and at what resolution?

Well your probably going to have to upgrade your PSU.The maximum performance you could get without causing to much of a bottleneck would be a 6870 or a GTX560.Both offer very similar performance just from different companies.And both go for around $200 or less.

Asus DirectCUII GTX560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX DoubleD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It really all depends on how much your willing to spend but those cards are the max I would recommend using with that processor.
June 5, 2012 10:08:05 PM

Ok, thanks for the recommendations. I do suspect that they might be a bit large as my current radeon 4350 seems to be a low profile card. :??:  Do you know of any cards of this size that would be a good increase in performance?
a c 198 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 10:21:30 PM

What is the budget you are looking at? One of the best cards for a low profile situation is the HD6670.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If your case is big enough, you don't need a low profile card. Just because the card is low profile doesnt mean that the upgrade must also be low profile.

If the case is low profile, then yes you need a low profile card. The 6670 is a great upgrade over the 4350
June 5, 2012 10:35:47 PM

I don't really have a budget at all, whatever is a good solution and won't be overkill based on my processor really! Im not sure whether I need a low profile card or whether a regular one would do actually. Think i'll open my case again tomorrow and check out the kind of room I have left
a c 214 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 11:02:55 PM

All we need to know is if your case is a "slim" version or not.If it is then you will need a low-profile card.

The 6670 has the best value when your looking for a low-profile card but if you want more performance you can go with the 6750 as well.I'm pretty sure that's the most powerful low-profile they make.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 198 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 11:07:40 PM

purple stank said:
All we need to know is if your case is a "slim" version or not.If it is then you will need a low-profile card.

The 6670 has the best value when your looking for a low-profile card but if you want more performance you can go with the 6750 as well.I'm pretty sure that's the most powerful low-profile they make.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Dang I didn't even know they made a 6750 low profile. Good find.
a c 214 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 11:59:24 PM

I could of sworn I saw a low-profile 6850 somewhere before.
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