What graphics card do I get?

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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  1. 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=ENE&N=100007709%20600083901%20600144219&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%206670

    If you can swing a bit more money, move up to one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600286767&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%207000%20series
    You should get descent framerates up to 1680x1050.
  2. 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=ENE&N=100007709%20600083901%20600144219&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%206670

    If you can swing a bit more money, move up to one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600286767&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%207000%20series
    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?
  3. 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-specifications-atx-reference,3061-10.html (Scroll down to the DEll section)
  4. 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-specifications-atx-reference,3061-10.html (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?
  5. 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=ENE&N=100007657%20600014021%20600014068&IsNodeId=1&name=520W&Order=RATING&Pagesize=20
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