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Dell Inspiron 660S Graphics Card Help?

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January 27, 2013 1:52:42 AM

Hi, I recently got a new Dell Inspiron 660S desktop, the 599.99 version. The specs are:

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3330s processor (up to 3.20 GHz)
Windows 8, 64-bit, English
8GB2 at 1600MHz
1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
Intel® HD Integrated Graphics (2500)

The tower is small, I'm not sure if it's slim or mini, but I know that I need a low-profile card.

I think it has 220 watt power supply but I'm new to this so I'm not sure, here's the product link for convenience: http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-660s/pd

The Intel HD iGPU is doing me crap right now, and I have a small budget (around $120, maybe 30$ more at max). I want to play SWTOR, Skyrim, and other equivalent games at a good framerate (60fps would be nice xD) on med-high settings. I've been looking into the Radeon HD 7750, but all the ones I've researched require 400w PSU. I'm kind of confused because this card seems to be popular among many owners of this desktop.

So, can someone help me out? Or, if you're super nice, even recommend me some other graphics cards that meet my standards? :D 

Thanks.
a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2013 7:51:35 AM

Hd Radeon 7750 can run on a much lower wattage but I think 220watts is too low even for the 7750. You have to have atleast 300watts power supply to use this card.
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January 27, 2013 9:07:04 AM

i am also thinking to buy 7750 too and i have a inspiron 660s with i5 3450s and 12GB of ram. 1 TB hard drive. 7750 requires 65w and GT620 in my pc only requires 30w and dell didn't reply for spare watts for running the 7750. Can someone reply too. BTW GT640 is also ok and requires 50 watt
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January 27, 2013 10:05:05 AM

C4PTRI said:
i am also thinking to buy 7750 too and i have a inspiron 660s with i5 3450s and 12GB of ram. 1 TB hard drive. 7750 requires 65w and GT620 in my pc only requires 30w and dell didn't reply for spare watts for running the 7750. Can someone reply too. BTW GT640 is also ok and requires 50 watt

7750 requires about 45watts under load to run
You can try this out before buying a new PSU.
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January 27, 2013 10:31:29 AM

I think it might work. Maybe burn down my computer or always lag when play or overheating. Great enough i dont think inspiron have a suitable PSU for it except for the original one.
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January 27, 2013 8:29:19 PM

I'm running a much more powerful card (5670) on a 230w power supply in my grandsons Compaq and its been in there for over a year with no issues.
I beleive you will be fine.
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January 27, 2013 9:40:50 PM

I saw on Newegg that the Sapphire Low Profile version:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm thinking of getting this one. I'm confused though, because it requires a 350W PSU, but many people in the reviews say that it runs on 220W PSU. I don't want to upgrade my PSU because I worry I'll mess up the computer. But will running this card on my 220 PSU overheat it or break it?

If not, can someone give me a link to amazon of the same product? I don't have a credit card, so I can only use gift cards.
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January 28, 2013 1:02:27 AM

If popatim is right then you shouldnot have any problems at all as HD 7750 requires less power than HD 5670.
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Profile-PCI-Express-Grap...
If your power supply cannot deliver the power the card will simply not run or end up in a crash but it will not damage the card whatsoever so it is better you try it out.
Also install CPUz and on the processor page see the max TDP of the processor.
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January 28, 2013 1:36:19 AM

I have an Inspiron 660s, been running the low profile sapphire 7750 for 3 months now, no problem ;) 
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January 28, 2013 8:14:22 AM

it worked perfectly thx
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January 31, 2013 2:25:28 AM

Best answer selected by Scyion.
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