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best video graphics card for a inspiron 530


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#1 kekebebe

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 04:57 AM

Hi,

I have a Dell Inspiron 530. I had a nvidia geforce 8300 gs graphics card with 256 mb but it isn't working anymore. It has completely stopped working and won't install display drivers or appear on my display adapter in the device manager. I think it's completely fried or not working. I need a new upgrade and I'm not too familiar with graphics card. The 8300 gs wasn't working too well with the game current game I was playing, Heroes of Newerth (HoN). I want to know the best Graphics card I should upgrade to and what the power supply is for a 530 inspiron. I've been hearing different things on different forums such as 250 watts 300 watts and 350 watts. The minimum specs for most 512 mb graphics card are about 400 watts and I want to know whether a 9600 GT or 8600 GT would be compatible with the inspiron 530. If not, I'd be happy to hear some recommendations. Which would be the best buy for the inspiron 530 without upgrading the power supply and making it compatible with higher end games and the game I'm playing. Thanks.

Edited by kekebebe, 18 April 2010 - 04:58 AM.


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Posted 22 April 2010 - 10:19 PM

any pci-e card should work
as for power what are your other specs?
how many ram sticks?
how many drives optical and hard disk?
which processor?

400 watts are pretty reasonably priced so that should be plenty unless you are packing a ton of drives in that thing.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 10:37 PM

If you're looking for a decent video card for your buck, I would suggest the 9800GT or GTS250. You can find the BFG or EVGA model for around $150-$170.
Just make sure your power supply has a six pin video card plugin (sometimes it comes in the box with the video card). Worst case your nearest pc shop should have some
adapters.

Since you purchased your pc, have you upgraded any of your hardware? (Also if you're not sure of the wattage on your power supply, if you open up the case and look at the label on the power supply the wattage is allways marked)

Edited by powder_sullivan, 23 April 2010 - 06:46 AM.


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Posted 22 April 2010 - 11:41 PM

The PSU is only 250W. None of the above recommendations will work with the stock power supply.
The Radeon HD 4550 is probably the best you can get which might even have a chance of working with your PSU.

My recommendation would be to replace your stock PSU with the CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX and get a DirectX 11 card such as the Radeon HD 5570.

Edited by RainbowSix, 22 April 2010 - 11:52 PM.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 04:07 PM

LOL the ever present nvidia v. ati battle.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 06:58 PM

LOL the ever present nvidia v. ati battle.

There is no "battle" going on here. Battles such as the aforementioned are only fought by fanboys.
I recommended ATI cards for two reasons:
1) The Radeon HD 4550 has a lower power requirement than its NVidia counterpart, the Geforce 9500GT.
2) There are currently no low-priced DirectX 11 cards from NVidia.

I don't see how your comment was even relevant to the discussion.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 07:22 PM

LOL the ever present nvidia v. ati battle.

There is no "battle" going on here. Battles such as the aforementioned are only fought by fanboys.
I recommended ATI cards for two reasons:
1) The Radeon HD 4550 has a lower power requirement than its NVidia counterpart, the Geforce 9500GT.
2) There are currently no low-priced DirectX 11 cards from NVidia.

I don't see how your comment was even relevant to the discussion.


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Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:50 PM

Geez testy. I just seen one post recommending nVidia then followed by an ATI post. I found it comical. Sorry to offend anyone.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 09:35 PM

well, to be technical, the 4550 isnt directx 11 either XD but it is a good card, though I dont see it running on a 250 watt PSU either. He really needs a PSU upgrade for any kind of video card upgrade, that is if he goes modern. Now if he goes old school, like say the old ATI 9xxx series perhaps. . .

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:07 PM

well, to be technical, the 4550 isnt directx 11 either

The Radeon HD 5570 is. That is what I meant.

I dont see it running on a 250 watt PSU either

The newegg power supply calculator with the 4550 comes to 252W. I think it would work, though it would be a risk.
http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html

Edited by RainbowSix, 23 April 2010 - 11:12 PM.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:21 PM

It may work, however ATI recomends a minimum 400 watts-thats not to say the video card pulls that much, but thats an average put together running that card and other hardware. with a strong 250 watt PSU with low end components to the rest of the system, I can see it working, but like you said rainbow a risk, especially since if its a OEM PSU its likely not that strong, and that works with either the 4550 and 5570.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 01:29 PM

It really depends on what his computer has for a CPU. The Dell inspiron 530 although able to be shipped with a low end duocore was typically shipped with a PentiumIV, D, or Celeron, in other words single core outdated CPU/MoBo sets. It would be pointless to spend more than 50-60 bucks on a GPU if that is the case in the OP's computer.

As to the power supply? Dell ships with some bargain basement ghetto PSU that is proprietary to the proprietary case in which it is mounted. He would have to cut sheet metal and drill screw holes in order to mount an after market PSU. Ask me how i know lol. I only cut myself twice gnarling out the sheet metal on my old Dell case lol, which for me and sheet metal is good. I usually cut myself twice on sheet metal just looking at it............

Edited by DeathStalker, 24 April 2010 - 01:32 PM.


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Posted 25 April 2010 - 11:19 AM

LOL@ghetto psu
Actually I think this case will support an atx psu without modding.
As for the psu calc. giving 252 Watts that usually is sustained power. In other words it would recommend a larger psu closer to 350 or 400.


Edit: Edited to remove unnecessary quote. ~ tg

Edited by tg1911, 25 April 2010 - 12:25 PM.





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