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July 14, 2012 8:04:58 AM

So I'm not very good with computers, nor do i know ALOT about them. I do know some stuff but once it gets all technical and crap i just get confused.

I have a dell inspiron 560

processor: pentium dual-core

ram: 6 gigs

64 bit

i believe its a 300w power supply

Not sure what else to give you guys.

The type of stuff i want to do is be able to play games such as Diablo III, GTA IV, WoW, etc.

My budget is probably going to be around $80 so I'm not really sure what to get or if there is even anything to get, so help is appreciated.

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a c 263 U Graphics card
July 15, 2012 3:16:57 AM

With a 300W PSU, you will be better off going with a card that gets all its power from the PCIe x16 slot. And with an $80 budget, you are going to have to settle for gaming at 1440x900 or less. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

If you can swing a bit more money, move up to one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
You should get descent framerates up to 1680x1050.
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July 15, 2012 3:36:02 AM

clutchc said:
With a 300W PSU, you will be better off going with a card that gets all its power from the PCIe x16 slot. And with an $80 budget, you are going to have to settle for gaming at 1440x900 or less. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

If you can swing a bit more money, move up to one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
You should get descent framerates up to 1680x1050.


Well would it be possible to upgrade my power supply so i can get a better graphics card?
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a c 263 U Graphics card
July 15, 2012 3:42:09 AM

toptyler said:
Well would it be possible to upgrade my power supply so i can get a better graphics card?

Yes, most certainly. Dell used to put proprietary PSUs in their builds with non-std wiring. Installing a std PSU would result in a fried board. But I'm pretty sure they stopped doing that back in the Pentium 4 days. (made between 1996 and 2000)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-specif... (Scroll down to the DEll section)
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July 15, 2012 6:01:17 AM

clutchc said:
Yes, most certainly. Dell used to put proprietary PSUs in their builds with non-std wiring. Installing a std PSU would result in a fried board. But I'm pretty sure they stopped doing that back in the Pentium 4 days. (made between 1996 and 2000)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-specif... (Scroll down to the DEll section)


Heh sorry not sure what i was really supposed to look at, i didnt see my model anywhere on the list for it not to work so i think im safe on it?

But i might have a higher budget then i was original planning to spend, maybe $160 for both the psu and the graphics card?
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a c 263 U Graphics card
July 15, 2012 3:30:07 PM

The amount of graphic card you need depends on what resolution you game at... the native resolution of your monitor. Can you tell me that? If you get a quality 500W+ PSU, you'll spend at least $65; probably more. That won't leave enough money to advance beyond the last group of cards I linked you to. And those run on the PSU you have now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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