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Pre-built Dell - looking to upgrade the video card

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Anonymous
February 7, 2013 4:32:27 AM

Hey everybody,

I apologize if this is the wrong spot for this but it seems to be the only section that really applies to me (as I have the a pre-built machine). I have a Dell Vostro 430 desktop that is coming up 3 years old and I still think that my computer is pretty decent still for a desktop computer. Although my video card I believe is the weak point of the machine especially now with how games are being built. ( I intended the computer to be a gaming machine as well as a 3D modelling and Photoshop/Illustrator etc. )

While the motherboard isn't specified from Dell it does have a PCI-Express x16 card slot and my current video card is the NVIDIA GeForce GT 220. I also have 2 monitors that I am using so those would need to be accommodated also. (If other specs are needed then let me know and I will post them)

My concerns is on what would be that I haven't been most up to date at video card trends I am not sure what would be a good upgrade for the machine that I could run some new high end games for a couple more years and then ill get a new computer completely. Also, with the size of the tower, ideally I would like it to be a low profile design. Although since there isn't anything else underneath the current one, and there are slots underneath it that are available, perhaps a fatter one could be put in since there would be space for it. I was hoping to get a video card in maybe the 150 - 200 CAD dollar range. Any help with this would be much appreciated.
a c 102 U Graphics card
February 7, 2013 4:45:39 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($60.81 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $200.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 01:46 EST-0500)

GTX650ti and a very high quality PSU.
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Anonymous
February 7, 2013 4:54:24 AM

Thanks for a quick reply, would you say a new power supply really necessary for this video card?
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a c 123 U Graphics card
February 7, 2013 4:56:02 AM

The PSU in that rig is 3yrs old, most likely doesnt have PCI-e connectors and of doubtful quality being in a pre-built system.
A new PSU is pretty much required when upgrading big name pre-builts.
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February 7, 2013 7:09:05 AM

manofchalk said:
The PSU in that rig is 3yrs old, most likely doesnt have PCI-e connectors and of doubtful quality being in a pre-built system.
A new PSU is pretty much required when upgrading big name pre-builts.


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a b U Graphics card
February 16, 2013 3:50:26 PM

Anonymous said:
Thanks for a quick reply, would you say a new power supply really necessary for this video card?


I confirm this - your power supply is 350 watt and I doubt that it has 6 pin video card power connector - all mini tower (MT) Dell models have minimalistic approach - just enough of everything to cover provided specs, very little room for upgrades!
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