Graphics Card for Dell Inspiron 530? (I did some research too :) )

I'm looking for a good graphics card for a Dell Inspiron 530. It has 2GB RAM and a C2D processor (the Intel E4500). I'm not exactly sure about the power supply. But from what I've read, I'm thinking its 300W.

So, I'm looking for a safe graphics card upgrade. :) After looking at Dell's compatible products, I noticed the Radeon HD 7750 SFF (1GB GDDR5) was listed. I certainly did not expect that.

My questions are:

It says that 350W is required. Does this mean that my system is not compatible and the page was wrong? Or does it mean, that somehow, my system is still compatible?

And what do you think about the upgrade?

Some other things that you might find helpful. :)

Once again it's a Dell Inspiron 530. It doesn't have an "s", so it's probably not the "slim version".

I'm thinking it has a 300W, but it could be 350W. According to Dell, only the Core 2 Quads have 350W, so mine should have a 300W.

And here's the full name of the graphics card, I'm looking at.

VisionTek Radeon HD 7750 SFF - Graphics card - Radeon HD 7750 - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI Express 3.0 x16 low profile - DVI, HDMI

What do you guys think? :) Thank You!
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  1. Rick Ace said:
    I'm looking for a good graphics card for a Dell Inspiron 530. It has 2GB RAM and a C2D processor (the Intel E4500). I'm not exactly sure about the power supply. But from what I've read, I'm thinking its 300W.

    So, I'm looking for a safe graphics card upgrade. :) After looking at Dell's compatible products, I noticed the Radeon HD 7750 SFF (1GB GDDR5) was listed. I certainly did not expect that.

    My questions are:

    It says that 350W is required. Does this mean that my system is not compatible and the page was wrong? Or does it mean, that somehow, my system is still compatible?

    And what do you think about the upgrade?

    Some other things that you might find helpful. :)

    Once again it's a Dell Inspiron 530. It doesn't have an "s", so it's probably not the "slim version".

    I'm thinking it has a 300W, but it could be 350W. According to Dell, only the Core 2 Quads have 350W, so mine should have a 300W.

    And here's the full name of the graphics card, I'm looking at.

    VisionTek Radeon HD 7750 SFF - Graphics card - Radeon HD 7750 - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI Express 3.0 x16 low profile - DVI, HDMI

    What do you guys think? :) Thank You!


    I am proud of you - you one of the few users who are doing homework prior asking questions!

    Without checking Internet, you are right, you have 300 watt, because 350 comes with Quad, and unfortunately you can not have Quad, because your motherboard is not supporting Quads, it is a DEll thing.

    So power requirement, I think you looked at this link, am I correct http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=A6523076&mfgpid=192262

    Well look at this comparison http://www.hwcompare.com/11880/radeon-hd-7750-vs-radeon-hd-7770/ you will see that actual, true power consumption is 55 watt only! PCI express slot can provide only 75 watt, that is why larger and stronger video cards have additional 6 pin power connectors

    There are many 7750 cards available out there, I would just link them all, remember to stay with following manufacturers (my choice): Asus, MSI, Sapphire, XFX and Gigabyte, avoid the others in this link http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600286767%20600298541&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%207750
    Also, avoid low profile, and choose only DDR5!

    I think I am done, did I missed something?
  2. Kisianik said:
    Rick Ace said:
    I'm looking for a good graphics card for a Dell Inspiron 530. It has 2GB RAM and a C2D processor (the Intel E4500). I'm not exactly sure about the power supply. But from what I've read, I'm thinking its 300W.

    So, I'm looking for a safe graphics card upgrade. :) After looking at Dell's compatible products, I noticed the Radeon HD 7750 SFF (1GB GDDR5) was listed. I certainly did not expect that.

    My questions are:

    It says that 350W is required. Does this mean that my system is not compatible and the page was wrong? Or does it mean, that somehow, my system is still compatible?

    And what do you think about the upgrade?

    Some other things that you might find helpful. :)

    Once again it's a Dell Inspiron 530. It doesn't have an "s", so it's probably not the "slim version".

    I'm thinking it has a 300W, but it could be 350W. According to Dell, only the Core 2 Quads have 350W, so mine should have a 300W.

    And here's the full name of the graphics card, I'm looking at.

    VisionTek Radeon HD 7750 SFF - Graphics card - Radeon HD 7750 - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI Express 3.0 x16 low profile - DVI, HDMI

    What do you guys think? :) Thank You!


    I am proud of you - you one of the few users who are doing homework prior asking questions!

    Without checking Internet, you are right, you have 300 watt, because 350 comes with Quad, and unfortunately you can not have Quad, because your motherboard is not supporting Quads, it is a DEll thing.

    So power requirement, I think you looked at this link, am I correct http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=A6523076&mfgpid=192262

    Well look at this comparison http://www.hwcompare.com/11880/radeon-hd-7750-vs-radeon-hd-7770/ you will see that actual, true power consumption is 55 watt only! PCI express slot can provide only 75 watt, that is why larger and stronger video cards have additional 6 pin power connectors

    There are many 7750 cards available out there, I would just link them all, remember to stay with following manufacturers (my choice): Asus, MSI, Sapphire, XFX and Gigabyte, avoid the others in this link http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600286767%20600298541&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%207750
    Also, avoid low profile, and choose only DDR5!

    I think I am done, did I missed something?



    Thank you Kisianik.

    I was looking at a slightly different card, but its on Dell too. http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=A6282698&mfgpid=223429&chassisid=8560

    The comparison is amazing. The 7750 has a nice touch of power for the amount of power it consumes. I find it intriguing.

    Thank you for the suggestions. I'm not sure which one to go with. Is low profile and/or visiontek bad? I was hoping to go with something that was officially tested by Dell. But I wouldn't mind getting something that's not low profile and not visiontek, because the others appear to be a little cheaper. Thanks again!
  3. Low profile has poor cooling abilities, that is why it is out. I usually advising Sapphire and I personally have experience with MSI GTX 550 TI OC and GTX 660 OC, and happy so far.
    Dell site is overpriced.
    So basically go to newegg and read reviews, I know ti is a lot to read, but in this case you can choose the one with less bad reviews, etc.
    I don't want to say that this is better than the other one, you can d it, just trust your feelings.
  4. Kisianik said:
    Low profile has poor cooling abilities, that is why it is out. I usually advising Sapphire and I personally have experience with MSI GTX 550 TI OC and GTX 660 OC, and happy so far.
    Dell site is overpriced.
    So basically go to newegg and read reviews, I know ti is a lot to read, but in this case you can choose the one with less bad reviews, etc.
    I don't want to say that this is better than the other one, you can d it, just trust your feelings.


    Thanks for the advice. I've found it really helpful. :)

    According to Sapphire's website, you need a 400W PSU for this model: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
    But if it doesn't really require a 400W PSU, then I'd go for it. (I have a 300W.)

    I also found an ASUS with a higher clock rate (820). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121633
    But that one has no information about required PSU.

    What do you guys think about it? I'm rather concerned that Sapphire would ask for a 400W. But if that's nothing, I'd go for it. But what opinions do you guys have about the model?
  5. You forgot about previous conversation, little reminder, just look in previous posts

    Quote:

    So power requirement, I think you looked at this link, am I correct http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us...

    Well look at this comparison http://www.hwcompare.com/11880/radeon-hd-7750-vs-radeon... you will see that actual, true power consumption is 55 watt only! PCI express slot can provide only 75 watt, that is why larger and stronger video cards have additional 6 pin power connectors


    Also, in the link I provided there is Inspiron 580s - slim version, it has 250 watt PSU like this one http://www.impactcomputers.com/67p3m.html So Dell recommends this 7750 for 250 watt PSU, how about that for a change. Dell is very cautious in things like this.

    I am not sure what else I can say, except maybe another thing - I advised 7750 to so many users with 250 watt PSU and did not see even one coming back and saying that it did not work.

    I have no arguments left after this.
  6. Kisianik said:
    You forgot about previous conversation, little reminder, just look in previous posts

    Quote:

    So power requirement, I think you looked at this link, am I correct http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us...

    Well look at this comparison http://www.hwcompare.com/11880/radeon-hd-7750-vs-radeon... you will see that actual, true power consumption is 55 watt only! PCI express slot can provide only 75 watt, that is why larger and stronger video cards have additional 6 pin power connectors


    Also, in the link I provided there is Inspiron 580s - slim version, it has 250 watt PSU like this one http://www.impactcomputers.com/67p3m.html So Dell recommends this 7750 for 250 watt PSU, how about that for a change. Dell is very cautious in things like this.

    I am not sure what else I can say, except maybe another thing - I advised 7750 to so many users with 250 watt PSU and did not see even one coming back and saying that it did not work.

    I have no arguments left after this.


    I appreciate your clarification. :) I didn't forget our conversation. But I got confused as Sapphire asked for 400W, which was above the max 350W, I've been seeing for the card. But what you said makes sense now.

    Thank you very much. :) I'm going to go with Sapphire's 7750 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969). I'll tell you in a few weeks if it works out okay. Thanks again!
  7. I appreciate you posting back - this will help others like you.
    Wish you well.
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