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Dell Inspiron 560mt video card upgrade options?


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#1 mmmmm...beer

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 07:59 PM

Hey so I lucked out and got what I think is a pretty good deal on a refurbished Dell Inspiron 560mt today... with the %25 coupon

Dell Inspiron 560 MT

1TB Hard Drive

8 GB Ram

Keyboard

Card Reader

Mouse

16x DVD +/- Writer

1525 Wireless

Windows 7 Home


Total: $366.77 shipped including tax


Thing is, although I'm not what you'd call a hard core gammer I do enjoy the occasional game with some decent graphics. So with a little research I found that this is a PCI Express Video Card slot.

What is my best bet with upgrading the card without having to change out the power supply? If it makes much more sense to change out the power supply, how hard is it to do? :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:03 PM

WOW that is a low price and a good deal! :thumbsup: changing a power supply is very easy what kind does it have now and what games do you play?
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:07 PM

Well I think it says 125v? I don't know... I was thinking the Bioshock games.... maybe some of the new war games. Played WoW for awhile but dumped it last year. I guess maybe something mediocre? Definitely doesn't have to be near the top.


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Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:13 PM

Ok just for a little extra information here's exactly what I got for the $366 shipped.




Inspiron 560

* Inspiron Desktop 560 Mini-Tower
* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium


Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home PremiumMemory
8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz (4 DIMMs)Hard Disk Drive
1 TB SATA 3Gbps 3.5-in (7200RPM)System Color
Black
Piano BlackCertified Refurbished
Certified RefurbishedHardware Upgrade
125V Power Cord
USB Keyboard
Optical 2-Button Mouse
No Modem
Dell 19 in 1 Media Card ReaderSoftware Upgrade
Windows Live
Microsoft Works 9.0
McAfee Security Center, 30 Day
64BIT Operating System DVDNetwork Interface Card
Dell 1525 Wireless-N PCIe CardBase
Inspiron Desktop 560 Mini-TowerProcessor
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7500 (2.93GHz,3M,1066MHz,FSB)Media Bay
16X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:14 PM

well we could find a card that would work with that PSU, its likely to be a low end to mid range card at best, and with a weak PSU that goes in most Dell systems it would be likely fry in the end anyway. Replacing the PSU is as easy as unplugging everything internally (making sure you ground yourself out before you touch anything by touching a metal part of the case) and removing 4 screws on the back of the case, new PSU would be the exact opposite, slide it in, screw it down and plug everything back in. pretty straight forward, most of the connectors will only fit the parts they were made to power so lil worries about mixing them up. When looking at a PSU you want to look at Wattage, amperage, and efficiency. You will probably want one with 500 watts total power, with at least 30 amps on the +12v rails to handle a decent video card, and its a good idea to find a PSU with a 80+ power efficiency because they run cooler, are more efficent you have more usable power, and easier on your electric bill.

a PSU like this would be a good option
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817341016
so would this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817233010

as far as video cards go here is a good one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102871

if you dont want to spend that on a video card heres another option
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102854

Both of these are mid range cards that should be able to handle most games at at lease decent settings. That is a gread deal you got on that system, hope everything works out for ya!

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:18 PM

How much are you willing to shell out for the Video card and PSU?

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:43 PM

I dunno probably 150-200 total.


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Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:48 PM

well we could find a card that would work with that PSU, its likely to be a low end to mid range card at best, and with a weak PSU that goes in most Dell systems it would be likely fry in the end anyway. Replacing the PSU is as easy as unplugging everything internally (making sure you ground yourself out before you touch anything by touching a metal part of the case) and removing 4 screws on the back of the case, new PSU would be the exact opposite, slide it in, screw it down and plug everything back in. pretty straight forward, most of the connectors will only fit the parts they were made to power so lil worries about mixing them up. When looking at a PSU you want to look at Wattage, amperage, and efficiency. You will probably want one with 500 watts total power, with at least 30 amps on the +12v rails to handle a decent video card, and its a good idea to find a PSU with a 80+ power efficiency because they run cooler, are more efficent you have more usable power, and easier on your electric bill.

a PSU like this would be a good option
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817341016
so would this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817233010

as far as video cards go here is a good one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102871

if you dont want to spend that on a video card heres another option
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102854

Both of these are mid range cards that should be able to handle most games at at lease decent settings. That is a gread deal you got on that system, hope everything works out for ya!



Wow.... thanks for the info bro! I'll be doing some research on all of them.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 09:18 AM

well we could find a card that would work with that PSU, its likely to be a low end to mid range card at best, and with a weak PSU that goes in most Dell systems it would be likely fry in the end anyway. Replacing the PSU is as easy as unplugging everything internally (making sure you ground yourself out before you touch anything by touching a metal part of the case) and removing 4 screws on the back of the case, new PSU would be the exact opposite, slide it in, screw it down and plug everything back in. pretty straight forward, most of the connectors will only fit the parts they were made to power so lil worries about mixing them up. When looking at a PSU you want to look at Wattage, amperage, and efficiency. You will probably want one with 500 watts total power, with at least 30 amps on the +12v rails to handle a decent video card, and its a good idea to find a PSU with a 80+ power efficiency because they run cooler, are more efficent you have more usable power, and easier on your electric bill.



Uhmmm I just saw this on slickdeals.... how about this? Would this be a good option?

Newegg has the Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply for $39.99 - 10MIR = $29.99 Free Shipping

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 12:30 PM

That Antec BP550 is the deal of the day definitely.

Combine that with a 5770 1gb card and that would be a neat system to game on, total cost about $200.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 01:43 PM

I concur, ANTEC makes some awesome power supplies. the 5770 is a pretty sweet card to.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...2-864-_-Product

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:37 PM

PSU: Corsair 450VX ~ 59.99 (After MIR)
Yes, a 450W PSU should be fine, for the above system config.

GFX:


1. Sapphire HD 5770 1GB ~ 159.99
2. XFX HD 5770 1GB ~ $167.55 (Double Lifetime Warranty)

Edited by ReviverSoft, 21 April 2010 - 07:46 PM.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 11:13 AM

Will CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $34 after $15 MIR (use code PSUSAVE10) work for this system with that card you guys were talking about?


Edit: Edited to remove unnecessary quote. ~ tg

Edited by tg1911, 22 April 2010 - 10:10 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2010 - 12:12 PM

perhaps, in theory it may be ably to, however according to ATI http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/gra...quirements.aspx it needs a 450 watt or greater PSU in order to run that card and the rest of your components. That is a decently strong 400 watt, and may be able to do the trick but im not sure Id risk it. I typically like to go higher then the recomended psu not lower, to be on the safe side and allow for future upgrades. Id say looking for a good 500-550 watt would be what I would recomend.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 12:18 PM

Ok thanks! It seems every other day there's some sort of deal that Newegg is throwing out for PSU's so I'll keep my eye out. I really appreciate the help you guys have given.




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